Etrayed but instead of empathizing I found myself thinking she was being unreasonable and childish There were also some storylines that felt like they were ropped however this is the first book in the series and those things might be mentioned or resolved in future books I am also relatively sure the ending couldn t have happened the way it was written because of Lord Brougham s Cooling Off Act of 1856 and this book is set in 1902 I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher Set in the glamorous world of London in 1903 this book follows Diana Sommerville as she returns to her native England from South Africa where both her father and her brother ied leaving her whole possession of the wealthy family s gold and iamond mines as well as their English properties Or so she thinksIt s a rude shock in ways than one to find Colonel Rupert Lacey her former fiance comfortably ensconced in her house in London An even ruder shock to find out her brother left his half of the Sommerville legacy to Rupert forcing Diana to share everything she owns with a man she Two Brothers, One Tail d prefer to never lay eyes on againIt was so so hard to feel any sympathy whatsoever for Diana as she lamented her woes to her friends over champagne and caviar Or as she petulantly attempted toefine which areas of the house belonged to whom She acted like a child Woman Much Missed drawing a line on the playroom floor and refusing to share her toysOn the other hand Rupert alsoid an excellent job of making me thoroughly Why Americas Top Pundits Are Wrong dislike him His autocratic attitude andetermination to annoy Diana just because he had the power to Citizen Cain do so made me want to give him a good smack in the mouth And as for his blaming her for a lack of trust when he given her no reason to trust him Refusing to answer perfectly legitimate uestions when she Trail of Secrets d been given pertinent information by trustworthy people including her own brother and Jem was no prize either Fancy telling your sister that her fiance your best friend might have a mistress and child and then leaving her toeal with it Why How to Train a Cowboy didn t Jem confront Rupert on Diana s behalf Not much of a loving brother in my book never mind the invidious position he left her in regarding the inheritance Which shouldn t have even happened since Diana s brother predeceased her father and you can t leave a future potential inheritance to anyone anywayThere was so much that annoyed me about these characters and that s before we even get into the forced kisses and the angry hate sex This reads so much like an Old Skool romance from the 70s I went to check the Goodreads page to see if it s a reissue but apparently not Maybe the author found it lying around in a bottomrawer somewhere and handed it in to satisfy a publisher s One Special Moment desire for new material In which case the editor whoidn t send it back to the 1970s is to blame for this atrocity In the year 2019 romance readers expect and A Touch of Persuasion (Men Of Wolff Mountain deserve better than this misogynistic rubbish One starDisclaimer I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley At the start of this 1902 English set novel Diana Sommerville returns from South Africa toiscover that the London home she thought her recently Watch for Me by Moonlight (The Midnight Twins, dead soldier brother left to her alone was left to both her and to her former fianc Rupert Lacey Everyone in England thinks that the two married while in South Africa and theyecide to pretend it is true because stubbornly neither wishes to give up the house to the other Rupert subverted everything she tried to The Mommy Makeover do to assert herself her own control of events He made her feel like an obstinate child in the throes of a tantrum Kindle Loc 1363 Both of these statements felt only too true to this reader Rupert is controlling and obnoxiousealing out punishing kisses and upbraiding Diana for jilting him because he wouldn t tell her the truth behind gossip she had heard while Diana swans about and is thwarted at every turn mostly because she s TSTL And of course the two keep falling into bedThe sexual politics here are not at all amusing even though they are meant to beI give you fair warning Rupert Lacey that I shall never hesitate to ask you anything I want to and if you The Convicts Bounty Bride (Convict Wives don t give me a proper answer I shall withhold my favors So there 2294Oh mercy me Diana murmured What s a poor maiden tooExactly what she s told Rupert responded smartly 2464Old Skool romance published in 2018 Save us please. S and a full set of orders to the staff Yet there she is bold regalmagnificent as ever Now they would face a formidable challenge to ignore each other and the unanswered uestions that stood between them The only sure thing is their still blazing esire But with a woman like Diana it will take nothing less than a momentous misunderstanding a missing prized mare and a shocking revelation to restore a love that hasn't lost its shi.
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I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalleyWould have been better if it had some passion in both the anger and the love If felt lacking in everything really from the beginning Rupert was just mean and not caring what Diana is going through He got everything that Diana s brother would inherit when her father passed away and now bother her brotherJem was killed in the war in South Africa and then her father the year after Jem and finding out she has to eal with the man that she had loved and still First Blood does but has hated for years because of a misunderstanding is now living him her town house has Jem s half of theiamond mines the race horse housing and so much So she is all aover he place in her feelings and add him into the mix of The Palliser Novels daily life and his meanness towards her I had to re read sentences because they changed povs each one and Ion t mind Men And Gods In Mongolia different peoples views but to have 3 with in 1 paragraph was getting me wanting to just skip and to gloss over it I managed to read most but the lack of passion just put me off this book or author not sure what yet since this is my first Jane Feather book Battle lines arerawnThis had all ingredients for a captivating readThere s the feisty young woman Diana Sommerville used to getting her own way Ok so she s spoilt and then someThe handsome ex fianc Colonel Rupert Lacey who was Diana s brother best friend Rupert and Jeremy were fighting in the Boer War in South Africa when Jem was killed in battleIt s Diana s Hunter Killer (Pike Logan deceased brother s will and the two protagonists having been left a joint inheritance that sparks trouble Rupert has inherited half the estate and other interests including a racing horse Jem and Diana had been raising and nursing along since a colt Diana comes to blows with Rupert over the town house In the end they share it and pretend to all that they married in South Africa as had been planned Now thats a situation waiting to be blown sky high The atmosphere inside the house is Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards, decidedly cool and how the staff manage is to be wondered atThere are twoedicated minders Diana s ex nanny and Rupert s batman come valet who are at their wit s endTheir situation has all the hallmarks for a strong story but to me it falls flatThe so called chemistry seemed too manufactured Would be interesting situations just The Friend Zone didn t follow throughA NetGalley ARC Review originally posted here received an ARC of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway All opinions are my own I haven t read Jane Feather before but I feel that Tempt Me with Diamonds was a poor introduction to her work considering her lengthy career as a published authorating back to the 1980s I Flying Scotsman Manual don t know how her prior work compares but I felt this one misused a totally great premise both for the book itself and for the projected series Rupert as a character was one of the few redeeming features of this book Normally infidelity is aeal breaker in romance except in extreme circumstances but I felt he was at heart a good person both in his friendship with Diana s late brother Jem and for the most part in conducting himself in this new situation even being the one to back Alpha (Shifters, down at first when the living arrangement becomes intolerable But Diana was incredibly hard to likeue to her spoiled nature And I felt like the growth of their feelings wasn t navigated well given the love hate factor and things wrapped up with me still wondering if they had truly resolved their issues or if Whalerider divorce would be in their future I also found it super weird that this was promoted as the first in a series about three friends who met at an elite English boarding school since I got little to no hints of that aspect in the book from my perspective I admit I may have glossed over what mentions of it there was and the friends were both even annoying and oneimensional than Diana Needless to say while I may check out some of the books in Feather s backlist I will likely not be keeping up with the series I also on t know if I would recommend this to anyone Perhaps anyone who has read Feather s other work so they can give a informed opinion as it regards this book s consistency with her style It has been a while since I have read a Jane Feather Historical Romance and for the life of me I can t remember why I love her books Her writing is superb and her unforgettable characters I thoroughly enjoyed this love story Renewing and re acuainting a love that. Three friends who met at an elite English boarding school take on the town and the ton one by one in this sparkling new series about love loss and lustrous gemstones from New York Times bestselling author Jane FeatherA FINE ROMANCEDiana Sommerville seems to have it all beauty brains and vast wealth thanks to her family's ownership of a iamond mine abroad But when her beloved brother ies in battle and leaves a lion's share of.
Was lost ue to words unspoken and a loss of trust Both are stubborn and have a short rein on their tempers which makes the sparks fly and the sex great Can they learn to trust each other and think before they act You will have to read this wonderful book to find out I am so glad I found Jane s books Enjoy this love story Really good bookAn incendiary relationship between two people ex betrothed and now forced to live in the same house Considering Kate (The Stanislaskis, due to the will of her brother his best friend The two have the most fiery relationship I ve ever read the result being I got uite annoyed with them wanting to shout at them to listen wise up and for god sake get over it I got a small amount of anxiety at their attempts to make the other jealous or if they one of them left after a row I was so engrossed in there exploits it was uite unnerving A brilliant read it will have you very vocal and willing them to sort it out I received an advance copy of this book and chose to submit a review I received this novel from net galley and the publisher Thank youDiana Sommerville and Colonel Rupert Lacey were engaged but Diana broke it off Both still have feelings for the other but they need to work out their issues with each other first Diana is angry that her brother Jem left his half of their estate to Rupert Rupert isealing with his own grief of Jem s Sweetland death and has never forgotten Diana Rupert needs to tell Diana about the past so they can possibly have a future together But Diana is stubborn and knows what she wants Diana and Rupert pretend to be married since they are living under the same roof Diana makesecisions without speaking to Rupert which angers him but both Art of Laurel and Hardy do not completely trust the other As they spend time together their passion intensifies and just maybe they can have a second chance at love This is a very well written love story with a good thought out story line At first Iid not like Rupert I found him insensitive inconsiderate ungentlemanly and provoking Yes he inherited all that belonged to his best friend from him but there was no reason for him to move in Diana s former fianc e and best friends sister family home while he must have had plenty of money to rent or buy a home for himself When Diana and Rupert were engaged there were rumours of him having a mistress and a child when she asks him in a perfectly civil manner if there is some truth in the rumours he Hers To Cherish (Verdantia, does not answer her and she breaks of their engagement So I found Diana had every right to be a little hostile towards Rupert I would have been Was Diana s behavior childisch No she acted civil mature and as an independend person all the time Around half way through the story Rupert rehabilitates himself somewhat and I could understand why Diana loved him still 25 starsDiana Somerville and Rupert Lacey have a past and that is exactly where Diana would like to keep things between them in the past She arrives home from South Africa after losing both her brother and father to find that her former fianc e is living in her family home She learns that her brother Jem named Rupert his heir and now owns half of the Somerville estate including shares in aiamond mine properties in England and a race horseRupert The Intelligent Entrepreneur didn t expect Diana would be overjoyed to learn that he was now going to be a permanent fixture in her life but he is still a little surprised how angry she is He refuses her offer to buy him out and refuses to leave the house He says that they were engaged when she left for South Africa and never told anyone she broke with him so they will live together as husband and wife to prevent scandal Secretly Rupert hopes his close proximity and forced cohabitation will rekindle their loveDiana is beyond furious and feels betrayed by her brother She is unhappy and she won t make this transition easy for Rupert nor will she forgive him for not fighting for them when she broke their engagement Is their love still alive Can they both move beyond the hurts of the past or is their reunionoomedI really wanted to love this story but a confusing timeline a I hate you I want you relationship and a just plain spoiled and nasty heroine ruined the book for me It is well written has steamy love scenes and Rupert while far from perfect is a mostly likable hero But I just couldn t get past Diana s attitude and her underhandedness I understood her anger and even accepted that she might feel His estate to his best friend Diana finds herself in a situation that seems scripted for the stage Sharing her family home with the man she used to love and now loathes Worse her unfaithful former fiancé has already moved inOR AN EXCELLENT FAKERupert Lacey The Summer of the Ubume didn't expect Diana to take the news without a fight Still heidn't expect her to bring the battle Distracted - Acting Edition directly to their newly sharedoorstep complete with a full set of trunk.
Jane Robotham was born on 1945 in Cairo Egypt where her British parents were stationated She grew up in New Forest in the south of England She earned a Master’s Degree in Applied Social Studies from Oxford University In 1978 she her husband and their three children moved to New Jersey There she worked as a social worker She began writing in 1981 after another move this time to Washingt