The Accidental Countess

the accidental countessLady Cassandra Monroe has loved Julian since she was a young girl but he was to be engaged to her cousin. Cassie will get a chance to spend time with him under another identity.

Captain Julian Swift needed to break things off with his almost engagement as there were other things he had to concentrate on finding his brother. He also needed to end the engagement as he only thought about one woman, Cassie.

The Accidental Countess is the second book to the series Playful Brides by Valerie Bowman. I have to say that this book was a great followup to the first, I was entertained from start to finish. When I had read the first book I remember wanting to read the second book because I wanted to know more about Cassie and Julian, and how they would find their happy ending.

So basically this story stems from a lie which Lucy helped make up and Cassie followed. Cassie was to play another woman so she would get the chance to stay close to Julian. Personally I don’t understand why she could not have been herself and be by Julian, but that was how it happened. Now the lie was a bad idea right from the start because the truth would always come out. I knew it would get out of hand as Cassie kept her role. You got to read how the guilt was starting to form with Cassie every time she had to lie to Julian. I wanted her to be brave and to stand up and tell the truth. If that had happened then some of the heartbreak would not have happened. Though without heartbreak in the story it can be flat. Bowman will repair the heartbreak with the ending that left me smiling.

The Unexpected Duchess

The Unexpected DuchessLady Lucy Upton has a sharp tongue and will use it which will make her unappealing to most of the ton. This time she is using it to help her friend discourage a suitor that Cassie does not want, the Duke of Claringdon. But Lucy will find it will take more to discourage him.

Lord Derek Hunt, Duke of Claringdon, has made a promise to a dying friend to marry Lady Cassie. He will do his duty and marry the girl but there will be her friend that keeps getting in his way. She also gets in his head and stays there making him think only of her.

The Unexpected Duchess is the first book to the series Playful Brides by Valerie Bowman. Alright now even though this story was fairly predictable with what was going to happen between Derek and Lucy, also who the sick friend was I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story just made me smile. I know I will be back to enjoy the sequel of this series and the third when it comes out.

So now back to the first book which was a book I loved reading. I thought the characters were fun. There was some silly characters but it wasn’t that annoying silly which was then fine with me. I loved Lucy and her spirit. She was a firecracker with her attitude and she was not afraid to back down from challenges. There is the softer side which you find out with how she was neglected by her parents which made sense to how she became. Then there is Derek who is all about decisions and his duty. I liked that about him but it made things difficult with how he would get to Lucy.

Bowman makes it happen as this is a romance and she makes sure there is a lot of it in this book. The dynamic between Derek and Lucy is fueled by annoyance which is really just that attraction that is there but they are trying to hide it. As that never works the characters will find themselves in lust and coming to love. I was happy that this did not break Cassie as she had no love for Derek only her Julian.

As the book is finished I want more especially the second book to the series because I really want to read Julian and Cassie’s story and read about their happy ending, which might be hard to do as Julian doesn’t know she loves him. Though I will be waiting because I really want to have the third book available to read.