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Review: Soothsayer by Kathryn Amurra

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Soothsayer by Kathryn Amurra
Historical Romance

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Synopsis
Aurelia has always valued love and happiness over titles and power. Though her kind-hearted father has allowed her to turn away suitor after suitor in pursuit of a love she cannot yet define, when he dies her choices die with him. Knowing that marrying the elderly governor of a neighboring province can secure her mentally challenged brother’s safety, she gives up on her dream of finding love in return for his protection.Cassius is the ill-fated captain of the governor’s guard tasked with escorting the Lady Aurelia and her unpleasant aunt to the governor’s estate. Since the soothsayer Tullia foretold an early death for him, Cassius wants nothing more than to keep his hands busy with labor and his heart free from any connections to the world he believes he will be leaving soon. As they work through a series of misfortunes on the road to the governor’s province, the words of the soothsayer start to make sense, and together they find the courage to allow their true destiny to unfold.

What I thought
I received a copy of this book from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This book is a hate-to-love clean romance set in Ancient Rome. I did enjoy this book so hear me out. With any book set in another time in history, you have to accept how things ran then even if they make my skin crawl. So yes I have a level of acceptance for this book that I would not if it took place in the modern-day.

Now with that said.

In this story, Aurelia is cornered into marrying the Governor of another providence. This man came to visit under the guise of paying his respects for the death of her father whom he served in the military with. Yep, this guy is older than her father. Aurelia is told that he will pardon her brother from the forced service in the military if she marries him. Her brother is what we would consider autistic today and it is obvious that should he enter the military he would not live long.

The Governor leaves his most trusted soldier, Cassius, to escort Aurelia to his home. On the way there they run into so many issues that had she not been doing this to save her brother she surely would have turned around. Near the end of their journey, they run into a soothsayer who they bring along so that she is not traveling alone. This just so happens to be the same soothsayer that Cassius was taken to when he was young and read his future.

Long story short both Cassius and Aurelia have had their futures read to them. The key is that you interpret the meaning not the soothsayer. I really liked that mystical aspect of the soothsayer. And the lesson that comes with her. Just because you think you have your future figured out does not mean you have intercepted things correctly.

The journey of Cassius and Aurelia figuring out that things are not what they thought they meant and learning the real meanings was very enjoyable.

If you like hate to love and clean romances then you should give this one a try!

My Rating: /5

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Review: A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore

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A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore
(A League of Extraordinary Women #2)
Regency Romance

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Synopsis
A lady must have money and an army of her own if she is to win a revolution – but first, she must pit her wits against the wiles of an irresistible rogue bent on wrecking her plans…and her heart.

Lady Lucie is fuming. She and her band of Oxford suffragists have finally scraped together enough capital to control one of London’s major publishing houses, with one purpose: to use it in a coup against Parliament. But who could have predicted that the one person standing between her and success is her old nemesis, Lord Ballentine? Or that he would be willing to hand over the reins for an outrageous price—a night in her bed.

Lucie tempts Tristan like no other woman, burning him up with her fierceness and determination every time they clash. But as their battle of wills and words fans the flames of long-smouldering devotion, the silver-tongued seducer runs the risk of becoming caught in his own snare.

As Lucie tries to out-manoeuvre Tristan in the boardroom and the bedchamber, she soon discovers there’s truth in what the poets say: all is fair in love and war…

What I thought
I really liked Bringing Down the Duke so I was very excited when I heard this one was coming out but what I did not expect was to love this book so much more.  There is just something about Evie Dunmore’s writing that just pulls me in.  

A Rouge of One’s Own is a Regency romance centered around the suffragette movement.  This story is a hate to love romance, which is one of my favorite tropes.  Big bonus this book can be read as a stand-alone so you do not have to go back and read the first one before you pick this one up.  

I really like how the friendships in this book are just as if not more important than the romance.  These ladies band together through everything and no matter how a situation looks.  Sorry, I can’t say more there I don’t want to spoil something that happens. 

Lucie may come from a well-to-do family but for the most part, she has been disowned by her father. He does not condone her fighting for women’s rights and as a result, she lost her family.  I love the strength that Lucie shoes when it comes to her family and standing firm for what she believes.  This is all during a time when women really do not have a say in their futures.  Lucie learns that you can love and be loved and not lose everything.  

Tristan.  I loved his character so much!  Tristan had intense family issues and was sent away when he was a teenager.  He is only back because his older brother has died and he is needed to fill the heir position.  Yes, that sounds cold the way I put it but the whole situation is cold.

The banter in this story will make you laugh, the romance will make you swoon.  If anything you have read has sparked any interest at all please pick this one up.  

My Rating: /5

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