Sunday, October 16, 2016

Review: When You Wish by Alexandra Ivy

Title: When You Wish
Author: Alexandra Ivy
Genre/Age: Historical Romance
Series: None
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Format: ebook via NetGalley
Rating: ✺✺✺
Sarah Cresswell leads a peaceful life—until she’s asked to help a handsome nobleman unearth a thief. Soon the unlikely duo is navigating London’s seamy side—and an undeniable attraction. But it’s a love that can never be, unless intervention comes from a most unexpected source…

Emma Cresswell has escaped gossip-plagued London to start anew as a lady’s companion. She does not expect to contend with her employer’s reckless nephew. But Cedric, Lord of Hartshore, senses that beneath Emma’s conservative veneer is a heart as passionate as his own—and he’s determined to win it…

On a lark, flirtatious Rachel Cresswell plots to seduce the man intended for her sheltered young cousin, Julia. Her success is no surprise, but she’s shocked to fall in love with her unwitting conquest—and strike up a friendship with Julia. Now Rachel is determined to keep her scheming secret from them both. But has she lost her taste for mischief in time to gain what means most to her?

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.** 

Three sweet stories of overcoming your predicament and finding love. Deep swoon!

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I snagged this book from NetGalley for a bit of light reading of the historical romance kind. I actually assumed that these stories would be novellas, but each was actually longer than I predicted. The stories were intriguing and engaging. Despite being clean reads, which I don't often find in the historical romance genre, I enjoyed the stories being told.

We'll start with the first book, The Christmas Wish, in which our fiercely independent Sarah is commissioned by Lord Chance to assist him in locating his family's stolen jewels. Since Sarah's father is a renowned jewel thief, known as the Devilish Dandy, Chance believes that Sarah may have an expertise in these matters. A mystery unfolds as they follow clues to find the jewels, discovering a love for each other along the way.

The Valentine Wish is next. Forced to seek new employment, Emma journeys to the countryside and happens upon a rascally devil who dares to steal a kiss from her. The man turns out to be the nephew of Emma's new employer and he isn't shy about his pursuit of her, either. Emma must face her past and overcome her fears if she stands a chance at finding love with her new admirer.

Lastly, we have The Wedding Wish. This story stars Rachel, our damsel with an eye for revenge on a fellow lady who has ridiculed her in the past. But during her plotting, Rachel crosses a man who hopes to convince her to look past her wounded pride and seek happiness instead, with him. Convincing her won't be easy, however, as her fierce independence is a tough obstacle for him to overcome.

All three stories included the a scheming father-in-disguise, the Devilish Dandy, as he attempts to help his daughters find their happily ever afters. His character is entertaining and unpredictable and quite the addition to each tale.

The writing is quick paced and the dialogue for each story is witty and humorous. I was able to connect with each and every character, even the ones I despised. My only regret is that I was hoping to see Lord Chance's younger brother, Ben, find his own match. I half-hoped it would be with Rachel, but alas, she was destined for another.

In closing...
Three lovely stories of sisters battling a scorned reputation and finding their true loves. I would certainly consider reading more of this author's work. Four suns!

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