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The Legendary Lord. (The Playful Brides #6) by Valerie Bowman. ARC Review.


When Christian Bancroft, Viscount Berkeley, flees the stuffy ballrooms of London for his Scottish hunting lodge, the last thing he expects to find ensconced before his fire is an incredibly beautiful woman. But the plight of lovely young Sarah Highgate, who has run away from an unwanted betrothal, inspires an eminently practical exchange. He’ll safeguard her reputation with the ton while she advises him how to best attract a proper bride…

As the undisputed belle of the season, Sarah has enchanted plenty of suitors. Still, she isn’t interested in marriage, especially not to the pompous bore her father has chosen for her. But her hasty escape seems reckless now that she’s estranged from her family and has no one to count on besides Christian. Turning the lucklesslord into such a catch has another unplanned consequence for Sarah: Has he run away with her heart?

Christian Forester,  Viscount Berkeley has struggled to reach his Scottish hunting cabin before the snow storm hits.  Only to find it occupied.  It looks like he will be helping another lady in distress. 
Lady Sarah Highgate has runaway from home.  Her parents are insisting on her marriage to a man she doesn't like.  Sarah has always done as she is told, but now she may have ruined her good name forever.  Our hero  is a nice guy who makes friends with women.  He wants a wife not more female friends,  which seems to be all he finds.  Our heroine found a little courage, but is now in a panic.  Time to call for reinforcements. 
This is part of a series that you can easily read alone,  but characters from other books in the series appear.  That might spoil them for you. 
Our secondary characters are very good at coming up with schemes to solve problems. 
A good fun read with plenty of adventure and some worries for our characters. 


Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps!

Valerie’s debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction.

Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her rascally dogs. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, travelling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.

Visit Valerie on the web at  Website.  Facebook.  Twitter.  Goodreads. Pinterest.

ARC Received through 2016netgalleychallenge

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