As a fan of the historical genre I'm honored today to bring you rising star Jennifer McQuiston and her newest addition to her Second Sons series, Moonlight on My Mind. Keep reading to get a taste of this book along with my impressions of it and learn even more about this release by visiting the other blogs hosting this tour. Make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win the previous books in this series as well as some other delectable treats!
To ruin a man’s life once takes a regrettable mistake.
To do so twice takes a woman like Julianne Baxter.
Eleven months ago, Julianne’s statement to the authorities wrongly implicated Patrick, the new Earl of Haversham, in his older brother’s death. The chit is as much trouble as her red hair suggests, and just as captivating. Now she has impetuously tracked him to the wilds of Scotland, insisting that he return home to face a murder charge and save his family from ruin. A clandestine wedding may be the only way to save her reputation—and his neck from the hangman’s noose.
Julianne has no objection to the match. More and more she’s convinced of Patrick’s innocence, though when it comes to igniting her passions, the man is all too guilty. And if they can only clear his name, a marriage made in haste could bring about the most extraordinary pleasure…
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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
A year ago a kiss changed the lives of Julianne and Patrick forever. For Patrick, he was accused of killing his brother with Julianne the witness and has been hiding out in Scotland ever since. For Julianne, her plan to make Patrick's brother jealous by dancing with Patrick has left her hungry for the intense emotions his kiss inspired in her. No man's ever equaled him though and his absence has left her contemplating what she truly saw on that fateful night. To see why he affects her the way he does and to assuage her guilt she travels to Scotland to bring him home to claim his birthright, but once again a kiss leads to life-altering events. Together they must forge a path to HEA through trust and the discovering of truth before the real killer strikes again.
Julianne is a very complex and surprisingly modern heroine in her thoughts and deeds. She was brought up with all the expected training of finding a rich and titled husband, managing a household, and having a family. How she goes about finding that husband is a bit mercenary though. She used Patrick to get his brother's attention but became enthralled by Patrick and his kiss and tried to recreate the searing electricity their kiss engendered by going from one titled gentleman's kiss to another's with no luck. She often looks before she leaps and isn't afraid to go after what she wants. She might seem superficial at times but deep down she's a woman of great loyalty and compassion which is what binds her to Patrick and makes for their formidable connection. Julianne wasn't always easy to like early on but I admired her strength and forthright nature and was happy she found someone who could truly see her for who she is.
Patrick is an unexpected man of his time too in that he's a veterinarian and cares nothing for titles. He's happiest spending time with animals rather than people but finds himself drawn to Julianne against his will. He hates her for testifying against him but will do whatever necessary to keep her safe when her life's in jeopardy too. He has a hard time trusting her at first as he knows she's played him in the past but the flashes of compassion he sees in her and her devotion to make things right for him and his family slowly win him over. Patrick's a good man who Julianne's lucky to have because of his loyalty and need to do what's right, he's unfailingly kindhearted which sometimes works against him but he's ultimately the quintessential hero. Add in the subtle sexiness he exudes and you have a drool-worthy hero too!
The witty and engaging banter between Patrick and Julianne enhances an already entertaining story. They're both equals in intelligence and strong-willed natures and it shows in their scintillating dialogue that adds to the sexual tension between them that is already off-the-charts. The mystery that brought them together is extremely well-written with numerous twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end with just enough clues to make it all come together perfectly. Along with the likable main characters come an equally entertaining cast of secondary characters, namely Patrick's friends who support him every step of the way. From colorful ballrooms to the rustic countryside Ms. McQuiston has vividly depicted the varying degrees of social class and dropped these two rather different people right into the middle of it where they unerringly find a connection and an immensely satisfying HEA. Ms. McQuiston continues to entertain with her compelling storytelling and I highly recommend her books to all fans of the historical genre.
My rating for this is an A.
*I received this book from Edelweiss for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer McQuiston has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, their two girls, and an odd assortment of pets, including the pony she promised her children if mommy ever got a book deal.TWITTER: https://twitter.com/
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