Friday, June 23, 2017

Review & Blitz: The Amethyst Bride by Kelsey McKnight

Title: The Amethyst Bride
Author: Kelsey McKnight
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: The Scottish Stone Series (Book Two)
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisBritish heiress Penelope Elmsly always thought she’d marry young and settle down to a life of domestic bliss. But her perfect plan may come unraveled, along with her corset strings, when two men vie for her hand.

One is a wealthy businessman who offers her the financial stability and social standing she always held dear. The other is a rugged Scottish highlander who gives her passion she never knew she desired.

With two amethyst rings upon her finger, Penelope has a choice to make, and she can’t afford to choose wrong, especially when more than just her livelihood is at stake.

Will she walk down the aisle into a life of luxury, leaving her heart in Scotland? Or will she choose to save her fortune, and her reputation?

Kelsey McKnight is a university-educated historian from southern New Jersey. She has married her great loves of romance, history, and literature to create her newly finished works. Her first books, "The Scottish Stone Series", are coming in April of 2017 by Limitless Publishing. Book one is titled "Queen of Emeralds", and is available now. "The Scottish Stone Series" take readers on a journey through the bustling streets of Victorian London and into the lush hills of the Scottish Highlands. Her second book, a contemporary romance titled "The Non-Disclosure Agreement", will also be available in May of 2017 and feature a bad boy politician and the small town girl that could change his ways. When she’s not writing, Kelsey can be found reading, drinking too much coffee, spending time with her family, and working on two nonprofits.

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This book was so darn good!

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When Penelope attended the wedding of her best friend, she never expected to lay eyes on the groom's tall, Scottish cousin. And she definitely never imagined the quiet man would stir feelings in her that no other had. Unfortunately, Penelope's parents have been terribly judgmental of her former suitors and she doubted her mother would ever approve of the dark Scot. That didn't stop the sinful thoughts from running through her head, however.

Drummond knows his place in the world is in Scotland with his modest lands and loyalty to his cousin. Yet, he cannot deny the attraction he feels to a certain English woman who is entirely too uptight and proper for the likes of him. But to his surprise, Penelope agrees to assist him in writing a book to record his family's legacy. 

As the pair work together and grow closer, the spark between them turns into a raging fire. One that quickly becomes impossible to ignore and every meeting only proves to stoke the flames. Drummond soon realizes that he is getting in too deep and he can never be like Theodore, the man that Penelope deserves. But is the seemingly perfect English suitor vying for Penelope's hand really what she needs? Could he ever make her happy if her heart belongs to someone Drummond?

As most of you know, I have developed a thing for historical romances. I can't really explain it but it's somehow quickly becoming my go-to subgenre of romance. This book is a fantastic addition to the genre. I haven't read the first installment of this series but I have it loaded on my Kindle, I'll be reading it within the week, and I'm really excited for it.

I will start with our dynamic duo, Drummond and Penelope. At first, I found Penelope's straight-laced demeanor a tad on the annoying side. I sincerely hoped that with time, our Scottish hunk could bring her out of her stiff and proper shell. And boy did he! Watching Penelope's walls crack and crumble was incredibly satisfying.

But what also impressed me was Penelope's reckless abandon after getting a taste of the wild side that she so often teased Charlotte about. I expected our heroine to feel overly-scandalized by her improper feelings and to shut herself away in denial. I was pleasantly surprised by her, even when her actions ripped my poor heart to shreds.

Speaking of tearing a hole in my chest, Drummond made me want to pull my hair out and swoon at the same time. When he became jealous of Penelope's beau, I may have squealed in delight. And when he made the impossibly heartbreaking decision, I frickin' cried while sitting in my bubble bath. Darn you, Drummond...

The romance was powerful and I adored our couple's growing partnership. I even fell a bit for Penelope's other suitor to the point where I had no idea how this could have been resolved without someone getting hurt. The twist thrown in really did take me by surprise. And the ending was when I think Penelope's character really shined. I applaud anyone willing to forego the conventional to find true love. 

This couple was perfect for one another and their interactions were sweet with a big dash of spice. And the secondary characters were entertaining, as well. Seeing Charlotte and Conner together definitely convinced me to read their story next. From what I could gather from the hints tossed in, their road to romance was a wild one, too.

In closing... 
I wonder who will be next to meet their match? Five suns!

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