Sunday, December 24, 2017

Review: The Lady's Guard by Christi Caldwell

Title: The Lady's Guard
Author: Christi Caldwell
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: Sinful Brides (Book Three)
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Format: ebook via Goodreads Giveaway
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisIn the third installment of USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell’s Sinful Brides series, a rogue turned bodyguard risks his heart on the woman he’s hired to protect.

At the notorious Hell and Sin Club nestled in London’s dark streets, Niall Marksman relishes taking the fortunes of the very same society that once disregarded his existence. Oh yes, Niall has sold his soul to the devil and paid dearly. It’s only when Lady Diana Verney appears at the gaming club looking for help that Niall knows that the devil has finally come to collect … by forcing him to protect the duke’s pampered daughter.

Disdained by the peerage and ignored by her father, Diana knows that someone wants to harm her. Her only protection is Niall, a scarred, intense man who lives and dies by the knife. Now her life and safety are in the hands of the most dangerous man in London. But a man raised on the city’s mercenary streets is adept at stealing anything he wishes—including a lady’s reputation and her heart.

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Oh, my goodness! This book was frickin' fantastic!

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I don't even really know where to start with this review. This book blew all of the other historical romances I've read this year--and loved--out of the water. I was honestly stunned by how much I enjoyed this story. I laughed so loud that I'm sure everyone in the house heard me. And I had to fan myself several times. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book. It was just fabulous.

I jumped into the series in the third book and that can sometimes be problematic, even with standalones. You won't know what's already happened and how the other, already established couples, have had an impact on the story. There are names mentioned that I still don't have faces to go with, but everything else about this book was easy to follow.

Our couple were delightful to read about. I wasn't sure about Niall at first because he's a really rough character when we first meet him. His relationship with Diana in the beginning was pretty hard to swallow. He hated her and she wasn't his biggest fan either. Watching the two of them begin to trust each other and lower their guard to each other was really something special.

There was a lot of humor here, even in places I was least expecting it. I liked Niall's relationship with his brothers and I'm excited to read more about those guys too. As for Diana, she surprised me several times. They both did, really. They each had a stubborn and fiesty personality so watching them argue lent to such great sexual tension. I was nearly climbing the walls with anxiety, waiting for them to give in to their undeniable chemistry. Yum.

I think one thing that impressed me the most here was the dialogue. It was witty and engaging. The banter between the couple was intelligent and entertaining. Our hero did act like the tough and burly man he was and our heroine was no timid or passive lady. This might be my favorite couple of the year. If nothing else, they're at least in the top three. 

In closing...
I can't wait to jump into the next book and go back and read the previous books too. Five absolutely stunning suns!

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