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Wild Lavender (Emperors Of London) by [Connolly, Lynne]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 747 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 160183571X
  • Publisher: Lyrical Press (28 Mar. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HWKOFAQ
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Wild Lavender is the seventh book in The Emperors of London series by Lynne Connolly. Although part of a series it can be read as a stand alone book. Personally I have only read one other book from the series, but I am determined to read them all.

Helena and Tom's family have been at war with each other for years, with both believing it's because Tom and his family are Jacobites, whereas Helena's aren't. A chance meeting at a social event see Tom and Helen in a room on their own where they end up sharing a passionate kiss. Talk about lust at first sight! They are caught, but fortunately only by Helena's brother who has no intention of forcing a marriage upon them, that would be his biggest nightmare.

Even knowing that their families would hate it and definitely not allow it, Helena and Tom can't stay away from each other and meet in secret. Their love and lust for each other know no bounds and they decide they will marry in secret and find a way to run away together. Neither want to leave their family, but they must if they want any chance of happiness together.

During their preparations to run away together, and after the marriage, Tom's father deals him an horrific blow. He learns something about himself that makes him realise that he can't run away with Helena. He can't tell her what it is, so he makes out that he was only messing with her as a way to hurt her family, but when he realised she would be hurt too, he couldn't go through with it. He says they aren't really married and then he leaves London so he isn't tempted to see her again. All that happens in part one of the book.

Part two takes place 5 years later. Helena is still unmarried, believing herself still married to Tom, and also still being in love with him.
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Ravishingly beautiful and accomplished, Helena has her pick of suitable bachelors and because she is the only daughter of a powerful duke, her mother is determined she makes a good marriage. But Helena won't marry any of them, because she is in love with Tom, Lord Alconbury the son of her family’s most dangerous enemy. Tom’s forbidden love for Helena has only intensified over the years of their separation. But the discovery of his true roots has changed everything. His secret spells danger for his family and everyone he loves. Devoted to Helena, he will sacrifice anything, even his one great love, to keep her safe.
Wild Lavender is the final title in the Emperors of London series and can be read as a stand alone, it is the first of the series I’ve read, I will now buy the other books to read the whole series. Helena's mother makes her miserable with her edicts and demands despite her brother Julius's attempts to interfer. During her first full season in London, Helena encounters Tom at a ball and both feel an instant connection. Caught by her brothers alone with Tom, his full identity as Lord Alconbury, a member of her family's enemy the Dankworth's. Despite her attempts to resist the attraction, Helena finds herself drawn to Tom and they soon find themselves married in a Fleet marriage. Before Tom can make plans for them to flee, he is confronted by his father and learns a secret that makes his relationship with Helena impossible and forces him to break her heart.
The story then skips forward to five years later, circumstances bring the two back together gives them a second chance. Tom truly adores Helena and is drawn despite the knowledge that their relationship cannot be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable Georgian romance by an author who really knows her stuff 28 Mar. 2017
By Brutally Honest Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is apparently the 7th book in the Emperors of London series. I had absolutely no idea, but fortunately the book stands perfectly well on its own. It's apparent that Julius, the heroine's brother, has a romance and gets married during the 5-year hiatus period in the middle of the book when Helena and Tom are separated, but there's no requirement to have read previous books to get a sense of what's going on.

The cast of characters is sensibly kept to the immediate families of both protagonists, one notable villain and a couple of important historical figures... Bonnie Prince Charlie being one of the latter.

I love non-Regency historicals and this is another great example. Set in the years 1750 and 1755, it's beautifully detailed and includes verifiable historical facts such as Charles Stuart's clandestine visit to London in 1750 and Fleet marriages, which became illegal in 1754 and forced those who wanted a hasty wedding to head for Scotland instead. Hence the many mentions of Gretna Green in Regency romances - getting married in England required a minimum three-week wait for the banns to be called.

I never quite understood why Helena's mother had it in for her quite so badly, and why if she disliked Helena so much would she be determined to have her as a companion for life? Surely she'd be determined to marry her off and get rid of her? Money to hire a companion instead is after all no object to a duchess. It was a plot point that never quite made sense, to me.

Tom and Helena, however, were a perfectly charming couple, from the adorable falling in love at first sight to the agonizing separation they had to endure. The love scenes between them were delightfully done, and made me very glad I didn't live in the Georgian era... all those hoops and stays must have made a lady's life perfectly miserable!

Four stars.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - Slightly Spoilerish 28 Mar. 2017
By TracyJane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
*I am voluntarily leaving a review of an eARC provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher*

4.5 stars

This book is written in two parts. The first part begins about five years before the end of the previous book Veiled in Blue. This book features Helena Vernon, the younger sister of Julius (the hero of Veiled in Blue) and Tom Dankworth, Earl of Alconbury. Helena and Tom's families have been enemies for years and Tom's family are know Jacobites.

These two meet by chance and experience an instant attraction, neither knowing who the other is. They share a passionate kiss and are caught by Helena's brothers. When Tom realizes who she is, he claims to have known all along and says that he was just using her to annoy her brothers. Helena is at first hurt, but knows what they shared was real and when they meet again, the embark on a secret affair. When Tom's father finds out about the affair, he tells Tom a secret that will shatter any hope of happiness between him and Helena. He ruthlessly ends their affair and refuses to see her.

Part two begins five years later, which is right about the same time the previous book ends. Helena is living with Julius and Eve. She came to live with him shortly after his wife Caroline dies and she helps care for his daughter Caro. She was heartbroken after Tom ended their relationship and has never stopped loving him, but she has decided to move on with her life and is making plans to purchase her own house and live as a spinster. With Julius help she has been able to avoid her dragon of a mother and has evaded all attempts to be married off. All her plans change when an over zealous suitor abducts her and claims to have her families blessing. Tom sees Helena being abducted and immediately goes to her brother and then sets out after her.

When Tom catches up with them, he rescues Helena, but is not able to quash the scandal that ensues. When Helena demands to know the true reason he left her, he grudgingly agrees to tell her the awful truth, but asks her to meet him in private. When Helena asks for straight answer before agreeing to meet, Tom just gives her a vague explanation. That vague reply was enough for Helena to gather information that would dispute his arguments.

When Tom reveals the horrid truth, Helena is able to disprove the story he was told. At first Tom is shocked and can't believe that his parents lied, but he is ecstatic to realize that there is nothing (aside from their families hatred of each other) to keep them apart. Resolved to be together, they decide that they are willing to face their families wrath. Helen reluctantly agrees to return to Julius' house and wait for Tom to break the news to his father. When she returns to the house, she is met by her parents, who are determined to take her home with them and marry her off. Confronted with this Helena blurts out the secret she has been keeping for five years. Her mother is enraged and vows to bring Helena home and crush all her hopes and dreams. Helena runs away and goes to Tom's family home. Tom has told his father the truth about him and Helena and shows him the proof that she found that debunks the story his father told him. His father is stunned and he refuses to let Tom and Helena stay at the family home. He changes his mind when a disheveled and distraught Helena shows up at the house. Julius comes looking for her and vows to support her.

It seems like these two will finally get their HEA, but then a shocking twist is thrown at our lovers and what seems to be a new beginning, soon looks to be the end of their hopes and dreams!

I really liked this book, it was a bit slow at the beginning, but soon the pace picks up and the story is just amazing. The dates regarding Tom's secret are a little confusing and confounding, but in the end it didn't really matter to me, I was just thrilled that they were able to be together. The book is well written, has steamy love scenes, some action, lots of secrets, life and death moments, shocking revelations and finally a very hard earned HEA.

This is the seventh book in the series, but I think it could be read as a stand alone title with no problems. I haven't read the entire series, but I am definitely going to go back and read the books I haven't read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the Emperors - 28 Mar. 2017
By B. Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Outstanding book!! I would have given it 5-stars if they had done something with the beginning. Since this was an ARC copy, I hope that by the time they actually release the book they will have fixed it somehow. So -- what is my peeve? Well -- if you have read all of the other books in the series and you pick this one up to read, you will be very, very, very confused -- and will stay that way for about 8 chapters. The book is actually written in two parts, but NOTHING at the beginning explains that. If they just added a short sentence/paragraph saying something like -- 'Five years ago . . . ', it would make it all a little clearer. So, when someone familiar with the series begins reading, their thoughts go directly to "Say What???" because it is talking about things that we all know are long past, but they are talked about in current terms. So -- Julius is still with his first wife, etc. The way it is done just really kept taking me out of the story and making me wonder about the whole thing. Just disconcerting. So, I'll tell you in advance -- so you won't be surprised. The first 8 chapters take place 5 years before the last book in the series -- then, in chapter 9 it switches to the time period at the end of the last book.

I've loved Helena through all of the books and am so very glad to see her with her own story. (I wouldn't mind seeing her mother fall off a cliff though). I'd also begun to feel that Tom wasn't really a villain and I'm so glad that turned out to be true. I'm happy to see them get their HEA.

The villain in this book is a real piece of work and I was happy to see him get his comeuppance. I hope to see the Jacobites leaving their 'king' in droves, but then -- what would Julius and the Emperors of London have to do with themselves?

Helena and Tom are such a compelling couple and their love never waned even though they were separated for five years. Both remained loyal and true. However -- as with almost all of the romance books -- if they had just discussed the issue, they would have saved themselves a lot of grief. Then again -- maybe they really needed that time to grow up and recognize really true love.

Anyway -- except for the minor part at the beginning -- it was a wonderful read!

"I requested and received this book at no cost to me and volunteered to read it; my review is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher."
4.0 out of 5 stars Wild For This Series! 13 April 2017
By Jenerated Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Emperors of London series seven books in still has the ability to hold readers undivided attention. Lynne Connolly's over arching storyline revolving around the secret children of "The Old Pretender" and the ambiguity over their legitimacy makes for an addictive series full of danger and brilliant puzzles that this author reveals in steamy historical detail. The Earl of Alconbury, Tom Dankworth, steeped in mystery and long suffering Helena Vernon are two secondary characters whose presence in this series has always teased the plot but Wild Lavender brings them to the forefront in an elaborate web of intrigue. This author blends the themes of love at first sight and forbidden love adding a few twists for a fabulous pairing. Tom and Helena's devotion and undying love for each other despite the interference of their rival families was well devised by Ms. Connolly. Tom was a hero to be held up to and Helena was a heroine to admire and respect. Once again Lynne Connolly has written a tale fit for a marathon read!

*I was given an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own.*
*While part of a series this work can be read as a stand alone.*
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Forbidden Love trope! 3 April 2017
By bookworm2bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is book seven in Lynne Connolly’s The Emperors of London series, and my third read of that series. This story of happily ever after of Helena and Tom I liked the best of the three I read.

As a huge fan of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, I was pleasantly surprised to encounter historical figures (Hello Bonnie Prince Charlie!) of Georgian era as well as wonderful fictional characters such as Tom and Helena. Their love for each other shone through from the pages and I was vested in their happily ever after.

If you’re willing to leave your Regency world for just a wee bit and venture into this world of sixteenth century, I promise you’ll love it all, from the Georgian setting, to our great hero and wonderful heroine.

Listen, if you’re a sucker for a Forbidden Love trope, you can’t miss this one!

Melanie for b2b
Gift copy provided by the publisher for an honest review
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