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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 160183571X
- Publisher: Lyrical Press (28 Mar. 2017)
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- Language: English
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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. Helena matures from the young girl who falls in love with Tom to a strong woman who knows what she wants and is willing to fight for her future. There were a couple of twists later in the book which I feel answered some questions from earlier books but didn’t deter from this story at all. A new author for me & I thoroughly enjoyed the book
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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. She turns down all potential suitors which pleases her mother. She wants her to be a companion to her in her old age, and is quite happy that she can soon make demands that her daughter move home with her. Helena wants to live an independent life and her brother Lucius is willing to give her enough money to be able to do that. Unfortunately a scandal happens which means that she has no choice but to move back in with her mother, or quickly find a man who will marry her despite the scandal.
Helena desperately needs Tom to own up to their being married, and she desperately wants to be with him still, but with his secret still between them he still remains unreachable. Or is he?? When something happens that makes her realise that he must still have feelings for her she decides to figure out what is holding him back. Will she find out and if she does, will it be too late. Somebody seems to want her dead, or do they? Can Tom keep her safe, he will always love her even if he believes they can't be together, and he will never allow harm to come to her.
It's so hard to write about this fabulous book without giving spoilers, suffice to say that there are twists and turns you just don't see coming. There is danger and excitement and plenty of chance for Tom to be the ultimate hero. There are some fabulously steamy yet romantic scenes between him and Helena, and there are some heart breaking scenes too. This book makes the reader run the gamut of emotions and there is never a dull moment. At one point in the book when we find out why Tom won't run away with Helena my heart felt like it might stop! How could they possibly have their happy ever after, I just couldn't see how. Thankfully the author could though, and I was left most content by the end of the book. You just have to love a book with a happy ending.
I absolutely recommend this book, and as soon as I get chance I am definitely going to read the rest in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers' copy of this book.
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It was as fun as the rest, but less information. I'd have given up a sex scene or two for more info on why Helena's relationship with the Duchess would lead to such horridly mean results. Alconbury was the best surprise but I truly felt the ending was rushed this time.
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!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.
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.