Friday, August 18, 2017

New Release+Review: Once Upon a Lady The Soul Mate Tree Series - Book 8 By Addie Jo Ryleigh

Respectable Lady Katherine Baxton, striving to meet the requirements of her station, has become the ultimate dutiful daughter. And now, the Duke of Blackthorn’s betrothed. Far from a love match, Kate is nevertheless determined to do as expected and marry. That all changes the night she panics at her impending future and runs, stumbling upon a private grove, a mysterious tree. . . and a half-naked man.
The youngest son of a viscount widely thought to have purchased his title, Jackson Cooper demonstrates his disdain for the aristocracy by affording himself every luxury available—drinking, wenching, and gambling—while eschewing anything representing the ton. Jackson has little care for his reputation and no desire to marry. His escape from London is all but complete.
Until fate—in the form of a beautiful, mysterious lady—interrupts his plans, enticing him with the very thing he never wanted.

Lady Katherine Baxton is on her first season and already has been spoken for when the Duke of Blackthorn asked for her hand.  Only the formality of announcing the betrothal pending, the young lady must keep out of trouble to finally get the desired approval from her father the Duke of Cosgrove.

Jackson Cooper is the second son of a Viscount.  Not one to follow protocol, he hates titles, society and the whole affair of keeping with the ton.  He’s only bidding his time to get one more allowance from his father and sail away into a world of adventure.

When Kate and Jackson meet under compromising circumstances, sparks fly and he’ll use an accidental loss on her part to spend more time with the feisty young woman.  Their attraction will grow and they both will question if the path they’re on is what they want most out of life.

I enjoyed this story very much.  It’s sweet, romantic and very nicely told.  I really liked both Kate and Jackson and the way their newfound love change their perspective of the future, but at the end of the day it was Blackthorn who made my heart soar.  The young Duke is the friend and champion every regency woman should have.

4 Book Corner Stars

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Author Info
Addie Jo Ryleigh writes historical regency romances that feature rakish heroes and strong feisty heroines. 
Addie Jo has lived in the same cold-winter-hot-summer area of Minnesota her entire life. Sharing in the raising of her three extremely rambunctious boys is her very understanding husband who endured being dubbed “The Duke” by his co-workers. Keeping Addie Jo company while she writes (besides her wonderfully loud children) is her yorkipoo, Bella, who is never far from her side. And recently the newest addition to their family, a black lab named Max.
Addie Jo has always had a love and passion for romance books and became engrossed in historical romance (particularly Regency) soon after graduating from Lurlene McDaniel’s young adult books. Currently, she reads any genre that has a great emotional story that keeps her reading into the early hours of the morning.
Addie Jo has a bachelor degree in accounting and is a financial coordinator when not playing chauffeur for her hockey-playing boys, cuddled up with a good book, or writing her next story.



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