Series - London Encounters Book 2
Author - Ruth Axtell
Title - A Heart's Rebellion
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Jessamine Barry is still reeling from the hurt she feels from the betrayal of the man she thought she'd marry. She loved him and he didn't feel that way towards her. To help ease her hurt, she goes to London for a Season. Attractive Lancelot Marfleet, the second son of an aristocrat, takes an interest in her, but she doesn't see him as a potential suitor. She wants instead to take the fashionable society by storm, and a young rake is more than willing to help her. Yet, when things go too far, Jessamine must learn some hard lessons. When a tragedy strikes Lancelot's family and he becomes the heir, can she convince him that she doesn't just want him for his title?
So to be perfectly honest, I was not enthralled with this book. I easily put it down and didn't want to come back to it.
I found Jessamine to be a shallow, spoiled, brat. I couldn't get over how she felt that she was betrayed simply because the man she loved married someone else, when she KNEW that he didn't love her. Still, watching what she goes through in the book, did tug sympathy from my heart to her. She is redeemable. I just didn't like her much.
I adored Lancelot from the moment that he stepped into the pages. I loved how he kept riding to her rescue. I also loved how he loved her even though she was ruined. I thought that he was a very strong male lead in and I felt that he drove the story.
I still loved some of the secondary characters - Meg in particular. I'd love to see a book about Meg.
I received this book for free from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for the purpose of reviewing. I was not required to like the book or to give a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
Recommended to fans of Regency fiction, Downtown Abbey
Rating - 3 stars - Only because I adored Lancelot and Jessamine became redeemable