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Entangled Nobility #1
By: Naomi Boom
Releasing January 13, 2017
The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Lady Laura Rosing knows two things: first, she will marry for love, and second, she detests rakes. When she meets Lord Gavin Farris, she understands immediately that he fails both her criteria, and worse yet, he is an absolute cad who refuses to leave her be.
Lord Farris has always appreciated women and cannot understand why Lady Laura is so resistant to his charms. While pretty, she is not his usual type, but something about her intrigues him. Much to his chagrin, he finds himself desperately in love with her, but he may be too late. His adamant refusal to marry just might have planted her firmly in the arms of another.
Woo!This was a really good read considering the fact that this is the author's debut novel.
It has a simple premise, but what I admire about the book is the writing and the characters.This was well done!
Lady Laura is attending a house party with her cousin-Lady Eleanor, when she meets Lord Gavin Farris at night in the library.And as he is a popular womanizer and cad he tries to seduce her ;) Which doesn't work obviously.Laura doesn't like rakes and isn't interested in marrying for anything but love.
Gavin is exactly the opposite.After looking at his parents' failed marriage, he doesn't believe in love, and will never marry someone he could love.
He believes that those in a marriage inevitably end up being unfaithful to the other, and he doesn't want to go through the same pain as his parents did.So he wants to avoid that.
But, there is something about Laura that draws him in and he can't understand why she isn't falling for his charms.And soon it looks like he might be falling in love with her, but will he be too late to admit it?
Laura and Gavin were great main characters.Laura is quick witted, feisty and intelligent.She knows what she wants and doesn't give up on her goals easily.Gavin was also pretty sweet when he wasn't being a stubborn idiot lol!I loved how their relationship slowly progressed gradually and how Gavin and Laura fell for each other.
Laura's cousin Eleanor was a piece of work.I don't know how she tolerated her!The supporting characters were also fleshed out very well.Lord Collins was quite oblivious at times.I hope we learn more about him later.Gavin's sister-Alexa and his mother also added to the story.I hope the next book is about Alexa and Lord Collins, they would make quite an interesting pair with the scheming Eleanor between them! :D
Lord Farris’s dark eyes bored into hers before he stepped predatorily closer to her. He gazed down at her with his dark, smoldering eyes and said, “You do not truly believe that. Judging by your dilated pupils and the blush on your skin, you find me incredibly attractive.”
Laura scoffed and backed up a step. She needed room to breathe. “You would like that, wouldn’t you?” She gulped nervously as his eyes narrowed, and he took a step closer to her. Naturally, she continued to reverse her step until her back hit the bookcase.
He smiled as he slowly removed the glass of water from her hand and set it on the bookcase. He then brought his hands to either side of her and leaned in until their faces were mere inches apart. “Yes, I would like that very much. Unfortunately, I am too much of a gentleman to act on our mutual attraction.”
As he spoke, Laura could not seem to take her eyes away from his full lips, at least until his words sank in. Her eyes regained their focus as she realized he was standing much too near. This was precisely why she preferred normal gentlemen. They did not act strangely.
“Are you sure you are a gentleman?” Laura asked derisively. She immediately regretted her impulsive retort. He was just too near to her for her mind to perform rationally, otherwise she was sure she would have behaved herself.
One eyebrow lifted in question as he grinned wickedly. “Are you asking me not to conduct myself as a gentleman?”
His dark smile and wicked words made Laura pause as she stared at his lips, so near to her own. Her stomach was in knots, and she did not know if she should slap him or kiss him. She had never been kissed, but right now, she wanted his lips on hers more than anything. In Laura’s heart of hearts, she wished, just a little bit, that he would not behave as a gentleman. She could not form words, however, and only managed to shake her head slightly as common sense prevailed.
“In that case, my dear, I suggest you run along.” His feet moved silently as he stepped away from her, but Laura could not budge until he growled, “Go, or we both shall regret what happens.”
Her feet grew wings as she flew out the door and down the dark hallway. As she rounded a corner, she realized she had left her water on the bookshelf, although her bread and book were still clutched in her other hand. No matter how strong her thirst, she would never return downstairs now. Not when he was there.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Naomi Boom is an author with a newly-discovered love for writing. Her inspiration struck when she was searching for the perfect historical romance novel to read. Nothing sounded appealing, so she decided to write her own. That one novel has morphed into a series, and hopefully many, many more.
She currently resides in Kansas with her family but has her eyes planted on an acreage in eastern South Dakota. Once her husband retires from the United States Army, they will return to her home state where she will continue to pursue her passion.