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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Review: One Moonlit Night by Gaelen Foley

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the author for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Gaelen Foley
Release Date: September 11, 2015


At the ripe old age of two-and-twenty, Lady Katrina Glendon just can't seem to snare a husband. Whether her frank tongue or slightly eccentric ways bear the blame, she faces a houseful of younger sisters clamoring for her, the eldest, to marry and move aside before they all end up as spinsters. When her latest suitor defects and proposes to another girl, Trinny throws up her hands in despair of ever finding a fiancé. But sometimes destiny waits just around the corner...and love lives right across the square!

Gable Winston-McCray, the charming, understated Viscount Roland saunters through life as a wealthy, sophisticated rakehell and man-about-town. Heir to an earldom, the handsome hedonist would rather dally with bored Society wives than acquire a bride of his own, much to his father's dismay. Until, one moonlit night, fate strikes! Unsuspecting neighbors meet and become flirtatious allies. So when Gable receives his father's ultimatum to wed or go penniless, he offers Trinny a marriage of convenience. Alas, the pretty redhead cannot possibly accept such an unfeeling proposal--even if her dear "Lord Sweet Cheeks" might be the man of her dreams...

Coasting through his life of privilege and women, Gable Winston-McCray, the Viscount Roland was unprepared for meeting Lady Katrina “Trinny” Glendon. Or for the strange things she makes him feel. Her latest suitor has up and married someone else and she’s feeling the pressure from her younger sisters to marry and stop holding up their chances at marriage!

Striking up an unusual but slightly flirtatious friendship with Gable, Trinny begins to feel more comfortable as the blunt and eccentric person she is. Then Gable’s father forces him to make a choice: Marry immediately or become penniless. Thinking she’ll be grateful, Gable offers Trinny a marriage of convenience but she shocks him by flatly refusing. Suddenly on the verge of losing Trinny’s presence in his life, Gable is forced to re-examine his way of looking at life.

It feels like a lifetime has passed since Gaelen Foley released a new historical romance! Granted, One Moonlit Night is an introductory novella to her upcoming Moonlight Square series but my point is, it didn’t feel like a novella. One Moonlit Night was subtly charming and effortlessly engaging with lead characters Gable and Trinny stumbling into love with one another.

I have such a soft spot for historical romance heroines who are considered “odd” because it usually means that they’re interesting and progressive characters who don’t adhere to the social norms of the time. While Trinny wasn’t in obvious rebellion against the social boundaries for women, she was an independent thinker. No fluttering eyelashes or mooning over the latest fashions or hell raising rakes, Trinny tended to blurt out the first thing on her mind, which was not done in polite society. Her mild case of verbal diarrhea was endearing to tell you the truth. As naïve as she was, Trinny didn’t get on my nerves. My favorite scene of Trinny’s comes after she makes a life changing decision and announces it to her parents. Her conversation with her father was heartwarming and brought to mind a similar scene in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice between Lizzie Bennet and her father.

And for a rake, Gable was unusually insightful with those around him but not himself. He was a woman chaser but he was also a natural caregiver even though he didn’t see it. He offered Trinny kindness and compassion when he first met her and that told me a lot about him. I liked his charming personality and his eagerness to accept anyone who didn’t fit in with society’s high expectations. He did have an ego though but that’s what made his romance with Trinny so delicious! She knocked his arrogant butt on the floor with her honest observations and he was man enough to acknowledge when he was wrong.

Most interesting to me, besides Gable and Trinny, was one of Gable’s partners in scandalous behavior, Jason Hawthorne the Duke of Netherford and his reaction towards Felicity Carvel, Trinny’s closest friend. He seems to go into some kind of melancholic trance whenever he sees her or hears her name. Finding out that Felicity is the sister of Jason’s best friend catapulted my interest and curiosity up several notches too! I SO hope there’s angst and pent up passion there…

If there was one flaw in One Moonlit Night it was that it was merely an appetizer to what could end up being a four course feast. I was so into this story that when it was over, I practically whimpered at the thought that I’m going to have to wait for the next book. And the next. And the next. Oh the life of a devoted romance novel fan.

Final Verdict: One Moonlit Night delivers a worthy introduction to a brand new series by a talented author and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the residents of Moonlight Square.

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