Today I am bringing you my review of charming Regency romance A Warriner to Seduce Her as part of a blog blitz organised by Rachel’s Random Resources. This is Virginia Heath’s fourth novel in her Wild Warriners series, but can be read as a standalone – I hadn’t read any of the three previous books but had no issues diving straight into this story.
First up, here’s some information about the novel and author:
A sensible schoolmistress… Awakened by the notorious rake!
In this The Wild Warriners story, schoolmistress Felicity Blunt feels old beyond her years―and desperately dull. Meeting confirmed rake Jacob Warriner brings her gloriously alive, and yet no matter his allure she must remain immune to his obvious charms and unashamed flirtation. But is Jacob merely a mischievous scoundrel? Or is there much more to this Warriner than meets the eye…?
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About the Author
When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Fortunately, the lovely people at Harlequin Mills & Boon took pity on her and decided to publish her romances, but it still takes her forever to fall asleep.
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And now for my thoughts…
Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in this publication day event, and for providing me with an ARC of the book. All opinions are my own.
Trigger Warning: Suicide
When I first picked up this novel, I expected a fun, lighthearted Regency romance to devour – and I definitely wasn’t disappointed on that front. But what I actually got was this and so much more, because A Warriner to Seduce Her is definitely a London Season story with a difference.
Take our main protagonist, Jake Warriner. He is a self-proclaimed rake, which is not uncommon in a Regency romance – but what is different is that from the very beginning we are offered an insight into his past, from which we are able to piece together the nature of his character. This makes him so much more than your typical Regency rake, endearing him to me straight away.
Our female protagonist Fliss is also a breath of fresh air. An older and sterner character than your typical debutante, the sharp put-downs she delivers to Jake when they first meet had me snorting out loud with laughter. I really enjoyed reading about a female character with intelligence and strength, rather than one who is meek and submissive.
This story isn’t just about the romance – the plot is set against the backdrop of the aftermath of the Napoleonic wars, featuring politically-charged alliances and an element of mystery. I found these aspects just as enjoyable as the romance, the historical context adding depth to the plot.
As someone who enjoys a traditional Regency romance in the vein of Georgette Heyer, at times I found the dialogue too modern and informal – but that’s more a personal preference of mine. This didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of the novel, which was a fun, fast-paced read.
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