The Scoundrel’s Bartered Bride by Virginia Heath @VirginiaHeath_ @MillsandBoon @rararesources #bookreview #RegencyRomance

the scoundrels bartered bride

The Scoundrel’s Bartered Bride written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Marriage…To the highest bidder
Lady Lydia Barton cannot seem to avoid Owen Wolfe since he returned after being wrongly transported for stealing her family’s jewels! But Lydia has more pressing problems―like her impending arranged marriage. Until Owen makes her father a counter-offer for her hand. Is Owen purely after her society connections? Or does Lydia dare hope that the charming stable boy she once loved is still within her ruthless, wealthy new husband?

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The Scoundrels Bartered Bride

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I am so pleased to be involved in the Publication Day Push for the launch of the latest historical romance from Virginia Heath. it’s taken

Virginia Heath is one of my go-to authors, I just know I’m going to be guaranteed a treat of a read and one that will instantly grab my attention and keep me turning the pages till the very end.  One of the best attributes an author can have is the building of characters and to ensure that the main characters are going to be well liked by the readers.  Virginia Heath to me is one of the best in her field; her leading lady and gent always come with ‘baggage’ but we learn page by page about their history and how it’s shaped their personality.  The author also knows how to keep the reader interested in the characters by creating a great rapport between them.  We always are treated to lots of banter between the lady and gent but we also have lots of fun with them and ultimately desires of the heart will be opened and given the chance to blossom.

In this new novel by Virginia Heath our leading lady, Lady Lydia Barton and the leading man, Owen Wolfe, met 10 years ago but the cruelty of life ripped the young friends apart when Owen was transported to ‘hell’ in prison thousands of miles away in the Antipodes. Now Owen is back in London with a successful business and a heart that is still drawn to Lady Lydia however, the past is haunting him and he feels he needs to prove to Lydia that he is innocent of any crime.  Lydia was heartbroken when Owen was sent overseas it’s taken her a long time to get over being let down by someone she cared very deeply for.  Bumping into Owen ten years later angers Lydia as she remembers how he came to break her heart.  However, Lydia is also annoyed that Owen knows far more than she does about her impending future.  A future that she is afraid of, a future with a man she despises but she knows she has no other option if she is to save the face of her family and it’s sorrowful state of financial affairs.

Owen can’t cope with the idea of Lydia being forced to marry someone else, he hasn’t spent the last ten years thinking about her for her to be farmed off to the highest bidder.  So as noble as Owen has become he has a plan, one that he hopes will keep Lydia away from any would-be unsuitable suitor and keep her father away from the debtor’s door.

Owen and Lydia were a great partnership from the start ten years ago but now there’s a past that is hindering them.  A lot of soul searching and compromises are made but can the spark from their young friendship of years ago be ignited?  I also enjoyed many other alliances between characters within this story especially Owen and his partner Randolph.  Randolph to me was wise and calming to Owen’s often fiery temperament but Randolph had a cheeky side to him that is so utterly charming.  Randolph and his lovely wife Gertie had an endearing relationship but when the pair of them got together and ganged up against Owen their playfulness was so amusing.

The Scoundrel’s Bartered Bride is another romp of a regency romance from Virginia Heath and one that I just didn’t want to end.

Author Bio

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.
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