Sunday, August 14, 2016

Book Review: Summer House Party

Summer House Party
Goodreads Summary
From the publisher of the #1 Amazon bestselling A Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean Romance.

Join three bestselling Regency Romance authors, Regina Scott, Donna Hatch, and Sarah M. Eden, for three new novellas in SUMMER HOUSE PARTY.

A ENGAGEMENT OF CONVENIENCE by Regina Scott: Kitty Chapworth is nearly a spinster, and an orphan living on the charity of her uncle, with nothing to recommend her for the marriage mart. Her primary purpose is relegated to acting chaperone for her cousins until she can see them successfully married. Kitty remains focused on her duty even though she knows her future is bleak. When Quentin Adair returns from a long ten years working in Jamaica and proposes a wild charade to Kitty, she agrees, although the plan might reawaken her old feelings for Quentin. Can a reformed rake convince the perfect chaperone to overlook propriety for love?

A PERFECT MATCH by Donna Hatch: Genevieve attends a summer house party hosted by her best friend who can't wait to introduce her to a gentleman she wants to marry, Christian Amesbury. After meeting him, Genevieve determines Christian is perfect . . . for her. Torn between loyalty to her best friend and the yearnings of her heart, Genevieve must first escape the attention of a powerful lord who's obsessed with her and who tries to rob her of any hope for a happily ever after.

THE PAUPERS’ HOUSE PARTY by Sarah M. Eden: It’s a rare event that Edward Downy and his brother are invited to a house party by a member of the ton. But when they arrive, Edward quickly realizes this house party is different than any other. All invited guests are quite destitute, fallen members of Society barely hanging onto their homes. The hosts of the house party, the Warricks, then make a stunning announcement—they intend to gift all their properties to one fortunate guest. As the guests race to impress the Warricks, Edward finds a fast friend in Agatha Holmwood, who shares his same aversion to the horrible expectations. But their growing fondness for each other only makes the game more painful.

While I didn't love this collection, I still enjoyed it. This collection focused on house parties, which I find so interesting. I sometimes wish I could go back in time for a while and just live in the Regency period. 
The first story was A Engagement of Convenience by Regina Scott. Kitty and Quentin have some not so pleasant history. Their mutual backstory was interesting and really added to the story. Kitty was a strong heroine, even though her life was hard, and Quentin was a great hero. I wish I could see what their life together was like after the book ended. 
The second story was A Perfect Match by Donna Hatch. This novella is actually a prequel of sorts for one of Donna's other novels, which I hope to read someday. Genevieve was such a good friend and heroine. She wanted to help her friend find love but she also found it in the process. I would have liked to know more of Christian's story, but I guess I will learn more of him if I read the novel that takes place after this story. 
The final story was The Pauper's House Party by Sarah M. Eden. She is one of my favorite authors, so I was looking forward to this one. The idea of having a house party in which all the attendees are on the poorer side of high society was  new to me, and I liked it. This would have been fun as a full length novel. I appreciated Agatha's wit and humor and Edward was great. 

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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