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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Review: Lady Eleanor's Seventh Suitor by Anna Bradley

Another one hits my Best Reads list for this year! I do love a good revenge trope romance!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Release Date: September 5, 2017

Two sought-after sisters, a slew of suitors—and a vow to hold out for true love. How many proposals will it take to get to “I do”—especially when the stakes are high . . . 
There have been six suitors so far, all vying for the attention—and generous dowry—of the beautiful, elusive Eleanor Sutherland. What does this woman really want? Who has what it takes to melt the heart of the so-called Lady Ice? These are the questions Camden West keeps asking himself. But rather than wait for answers, Cam takes matters into his own hands . . . for he has a secret weapon.

Cam knows that Ellie’s sister, Charlotte, harbors a scandalous secret—one that could bring ruin to the Sutherland name. If Ellie marries him, Cam promises to keep mum. But is she willing to sacrifice her own happiness for her sister’s reputation?

To Ellie’s surprise, it becomes clear that Cam doesn’t need her money, nor is he interested in her status. Soon, what begins as a sham engagement transforms into something deeper, and more passionate, than Ellie could have imagined. Is it possible that all Cam truly wanted was her? And is that reason enough to say yes—or is handsome Cam hiding something else? Even for a lady in love, only the truth will do . . .

What’s it About? Lady Eleanor Sutherland has had quite a few offers of marriage but she’s declined them all and everyone is wondering why. She’s even earned the nickname “Lady Frost” because of how unmoved she appears by her suitors’ offers. What they don’t know is that Eleanor will only marry for love. Unfortunately Camden West knows something about her sister Charlotte that could ruin her and the rest of the family unless Eleanor agrees to marry him. He won’t say why it’s so important that he marry a Sutherland but it isn’t for her money or her social connections and she isn’t giving up or giving in without a fight.

Overall reaction to the story? Lady Eleanor’s Seventh Suitor kept me up late into the night with its solid revenge-ruined-by-love plot, lively characters, and the charming relationships between them. Cam and Eleanor were well matched in pretty much everything and I loved seeing them go from barely concealed contempt to hopelessly in love. And as if their romance wasn’t addictive enough, Anna Bradley builds the anticipation and the angst between Eleanor’s sister Charlotte and her first love.

Describe the hero in five words: Stubborn. Loyal. Protective. Intelligent. Caring.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? Cam treads the fine line between villain and hero, it’s something he freely admits several times during the course of the book but even when he was being forceful with his demands, he was never brutal. Were there times he was mean? Yup and he deserved a kick in the butt for it but in his defense he was blinded by love for his family. I really did expect for him to show that he was doing it more for himself instead of his family but he truly did want to protect his family. In a way that softened his rougher edges and the lengths he went through to secure that protection. It was hard to hate Cam when he was so loving and indulgent with his family. A person would have to be seriously cold hearted not to be moved by softer side of Cam.

Describe the heroine in five words: Intelligent. Vulnerable. Kind. Stubborn. Loyal.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? Eleanor’s love and loyalty to her family is rivaled only by Cam’s, but he underestimated her big time. I loved that she didn’t cower in fear or accept defeat easily. Eleanor fought back in the only way that was left to her as a woman of her time: She used her brain and was stubborn enough to fight back even when the odds were against her. She wasn’t an idiot, and she wasn’t submissive. I loved that about her and when she was vulnerable it was in a completely relatable way.

Let’s talk about the romance: Cam and Eleanor had a long, uphill battle on their hands. They started off not even liking each other, which tends to happen when one party blackmails the other into marriage. It was a real cat-and-mouse battle of wits between them and what made it so interesting was that Eleanor could hold her own against Cam even when he had almost all the power. I was really curious to see just how a strong relationship, let alone a romance could develop when Cam was blackmailing Eleanor and neither really cared for the other. The situation lent itself to a lot of time spent together to make their “courtship” believable to society and in between moments of antagonism these two stubborn characters let their guards down and a convincing romance started to grow. I just loved it.

How about that supporting cast? Charlotte and Julian’s scenes were such a tease! There was a muted longing coming from both of them and Anna Bradley gave just enough of a peek into their complicated beginnings to whet a reader’s appetite for their romance. I honestly can’t wait and if Cam and Eleanor’s romance hadn’t been so good I would have totally been distracted by Julian and Charlotte.

Click It or Skip It? Click It! Lady Eleanor’s Seventh Suitor brings back the charming Sutherlands but it also stands out as a solid revenge trope romance. Cam and Eleanor were a great couple and I read their story in only two days!

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