Title: Tainted Bride (Forever Brides Book 1)
Author: A.S. Fenichel
Genre: Historical Romance
Only trust can save her….
Sailing to London, Sophia Braighton only hopes to escape certain ruin. But when she arrives, her Great Aunt Daphne has other plans for the American-born beauty. Determined to marry off her niece to a man of means, she propels Sophia into London society, not knowing that the young woman’s trust in men is shattered. In fact, Sophia never expects to ever feel anything for a man. Then again, she never expects to find herself in the company of the dashing earl of Marlton….
From the moment he sees Sophia, Daniel Fallon feels alive in a way he has not since his broken engagement. Though the vulnerable beauty shies from the passion burning bright between them, Daniel is determined to court her and make her his bride. And when he learns of the painful secret she harbors, he is equally determined to take revenge on the man responsible. But will the quest destroy him—and his future with his beloved?
Sophia is a beautifully strong yet feminine main character and I found myself wanting to hug her. She's gone through so much pain and abuse, no thanks to that villain scumbag. She flees to England to her aunt's care. Once there, she discovers that life is indeed worth living and there are men in the world willing to avenge what's happened to her.
I'm a huge historical romance fan, especially stories about Colonial Americans who travel to Britain. The premise of this story grabbed me right away. What I wasn't prepared for was the honest, non-romanticized, portrayal of rape and female slavery in Tainted Bride. Well done, Fenichel!
Filled with interesting characters and circumstances, Tainted Bride is a historical gem. Daniel and Sophia sizzle between the pages and when the scumbag returns to England to claim Sophia as his own, Daniel risks everything he owns and holds dear to avenge Sophia.
Disclaimer: I received a copy from Lyrical Press via Netgalley in the hopes I’d review it.
My Rating: 5 stars
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A.S. Fenichel (Andrea) gave up a successful IT career in New York City to follow her husband to Texas and pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional writer. She's never looked back.
Andrea adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story.
She is currently writing Regency romance for Kensington Publishing and you can learn more about Andrea's books at http://asfenichel.com or visit her on her Facebook page, where she spends entirely too much time. https://www.facebook.com/A.S.Fenichel .
Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in the East Texas with her real-life hero, her wonderful husband, a fussy cat and a demanding dog. When not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history, and puttering in her garden.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N