I wasn’t kidding when I said I had been on a reading spree lately! This is the third book that I finished in less than a week! I go through reading phases where I have a voracious appetite for anything I can get my hands on, and other times, I can’t be bothered to crack a book at all! I had forgotten just how much I love these “reading binges” and losing myself in story after story!
Goodreads Synopsis: Gabriella by Brenda Hiatt
He lost a wager . . . but won a treasure.
Due to a lost wager, the Duke of Ravenham is obliged to bring a pretty little nobody from the country into fashion among the high-sticklers of London Society. Ravenham would never refuse a debt of honor, no matter how unorthodox, so he overlooks Miss Gordon’s vulgar relations to do what is necessary, escorting the unsophisticated chit to balls, etc. But what he expects to be an irksome duty turns out to be something quite different as he falls under the spell of his protege’s innocent charm. When he lost that wager, he definitely never counted on losing his heart as well!
First impressions can be deceiving.
Miss Gabriella Gordon only came to London at her mother’s and sister’s insistence, for she’d much rather assist in running her father’s veterinary practice than attempt to fit into fashionable society. No sooner has she arrived in London than the exalted (and exceedingly handsome) Duke of Ravenham comes to call. The reason is less than flattering, however: due to a lost wager, the Duke is forced to bring Gabriella into fashion, a “favor” she would certainly refuse if her family would let her. But the more time she spends in the dashing Duke’s company, the more conflicted she feels– particularly when she discovers they have more in common than she ever dared dream.
A sparkling traditional Regency romance from bestselling author Brenda Hiatt.
My Review: Gabriella by Brenda Hiatt
4 out of 5 stars.
I really enjoyed this story! The story starts with a rather unique situation that introduces the main characters. There is just the right amount of mystery, intrigue and danger to keep me guessing and “on the edge of my seat”! I’m very much looking forward to reading the next book in this series!
You should try Hiatt’s “Saint of Seven Dials” series. The first in the series, “Rogue’s Honor” is also free. Regency Romance adventure.