15 April 2013

Book Review: A Woman Entangled by Cecilia Grant

Title: A Woman Entangled
Author: Cecilia Grant
Series: Blackshear Family #3
Publisher: Bantam, June 25, 2013
Source: Netgalley
Rating: ✩ (3.5 Stars)

An ambitious beauty seeking a spot among the elite is thwarted by a most disruptive gentleman in Cecilia Grant’s witty, elegant, and exquisitely sensual novel.

Kate Westbrook has dreams far bigger than romance. Love won’t get her into London’s most consequential parties, nor prevent her sisters from being snubbed and looked down upon—all because their besotted father unadvisedly married an actress. But a noble husband for Kate would deliver a future most suited to the granddaughter of an earl. Armed with ingenuity, breathtaking beauty, and the help of an idle aunt with connections, Kate is poised to make her dreams come true. Unfortunately, a familiar face—albeit a maddeningly handsome one—appears bent on upsetting her scheme.

Implored by Kate’s worried father to fend off the rogues eager to exploit his daughter’s charms, Nick Blackshear has set aside the torch he’s carried for Kate in order to do right by his friend. Anyway, she made quite clear that his feelings were not returned—though policing her won’t abate Nick’s desire. Reckless passion leads to love’s awakening, but time is running out. Kate must see for herself that the charms of high society are nothing compared to the infinite sweet pleasures demanded by the heart.

Historical Romances have always been one of my favorite genres. This is my first time to read Cecilia Grant, and I wasn’t expecting much but left satisfied by the time I reach the end of the page. Admittedly, it was refreshing to read a new (as for me) voice in this genre.

I simply love Nick because of his pragmatic sense. He gallantly accepted Kate’s refusal at the beginning of the novel. He carried a torch for her that long, but opted to remain a friend of the family and try to forget his feelings for her.  He couldn’t really offer her anything, not when a scandal looms over his head because of what his brother did.

Meanwhile Kate, the ambitious Kate, I would have hated her mercenary thoughts if not for the fact that she just wanted to offer her siblings a better future. Descending from a family of nobleman, Kate’s father was shunned from society because he married an actress. While her father was contented with their lives, Kate wanted to be what she thought she (and her sisters) deserved – to be one of the ton.

I like A Woman Entangled because it revolves around ordinary people. No royalty or nobleman. The story about the importance of family, forgiveness, and how love can sprout out of nowhere, just when you least expect it. Love means sometimes giving up and allowing the person to be happy. Love can make everything okay.

Cecilia Grant makes an amazing novel – her pacing was just right. I couldn’t help but get captivated by her characters and plot. Yes, I would read more of her novels, and yes, I would recommend to all Historical Romance lovers out there to read this one!!!
Even two people who are no more than friends by daylight can fell prey to the influence of a secret dark room. 
Don’t you find that a terribly romantic idea? Love stealing in to overtake two people who’d believe they were merely friends? 
Love makes us all do unaccountable things.

Cecilia Grant always knew she'd do something with that English degree. After waiting tables, composing software Help files, and answering the carpool-lane-violators hotline, she's delighted to be writing stories.

Cecilia makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her fellow-writer husband, two bookish children, and un-literary cat and dog.

The Blackshear Family Series

A Lady Awakened (Blackshear Family, #1) A Gentleman Undone (Blackshear Family, #2)

Thank you Netgalley and Bantam for providing me an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

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