The Misfortune of Lady Lucianna by Christina McKnight-Review, Book tour & Giveaway

The Misfortune of Lady Lucianna by Christina McKnight-Review, Book Tour & Giveaway

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THE MISFORTUNE OF LADY LUCIANA
The Undaunted Debutantes #2
by Christina McKnight
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Genre: adult, historical, romance

The Misfortune of Lady Luciana

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Quick-witted hellion Lucianna Constantine has no doubt who was responsible for the death of her dear friend. And she will stop at nothing to expose his transgressions—and those of every despicable man in London. Lucianna has witnessed the cruelty of London’s beau monde her entire life…starting with her own father. So she is more than willing to singlehandedly take down every vile man that crosses her path.

Roderick Crofton, the Duke of Montrose, had his entire family fortune stolen when his father trusted the wrong men. After a scandalous article surfaces in the London Daily Gazette, written by the notorious Mayfair Confidential columnist, Roderick finds himself financially destitute, without a betrothed, and lacking the means to find the lords responsible for duping his sire. With little option left, Roderick has only one choice: find another wealthy heiress to wed. His quest brings him to Lady Lucianna Constantine, and soon, he can’t deny that he wants her for more than just her dowry.

However, Luci has secrets that could change everything. And when Roderick uncovers what those confidences entail, it could mean misfortune for all involved.

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REVIEW:

4.5 out of 5 for this reader folks!

The Misfortune of Lady Lucianna by Christina McKnight is the second book of her “The Undaunted Debutantes” series. If you recall. I had reviewed the first book just a couple of weeks ago. I would recommend you absolutely read the first book before you dive into this one as they are both related and revolve around the same crime.

Picking right up where the first book left us, Lady Lucianna is one of the four girls who had formed a lifelong friendship. When one of the girls is found dead on her wedding night the other three girls go into detective mode to make sure justice is served. Lucianna is the spitfire of the group and I was really looking forward to reading her story. She believes what she believes and no one can make her change her mind. While attempting to solve this mystery, Lucianna is also a contributor to a scandalous column that calls out rakes and rogues and unmasks their intentions and usually spoiling their plans to get away with anything. Lucianna has a hunger for exposing rakes due to a deep grudge of her upbringing and her rogue father. She is most definitely the kind to attack first ask questions later. This time however, she may have gone too far,

Roderick Crofton is a Duke and is also the latest victim of Lucianna scandal column. Any other time he could of been called out for being a rogue, but this time he was not at fault. This scandal had now cost his family their fortune and any chance he had to wrong the rights are taken when the funds are dried up. Now he must find a well betrothed wife so he can settle his score.

Both Roderick and Lucianna cross paths, and form a friendship of sorts (a strange way of happening, but so be it). Lucianna father is set to marry her off to the very man who may have killed her friend, and Roderick knows Luci comes with a plump dowry .. well how perfect of a picture could this paint? Not so perfect when you consider the secrets that are held back. These secrets could very well be the undoing of their soon beloved relationship. So much more to this book, but I’m not ruining anything for you!

Another quick read from Christina McKnight. I read this in a afternoon and I do wish it was a little longer. I just found the story a little rushed as I did in the first book, which took away from some believability and character development. I enjoy getting to know the characters and being romanced through the forming of a relationship. This just moved a little too fast .. BUT .. she did write such a fantastic story with the same laughter, fierce female lead, side of mystery and romance that it made up for most of the negative.

Again, make sure you read the first book, it sets up this crime that this series is set around, and there is nothing like revisiting a couple or anticipating upcoming storylines. If you are looking for a wonderful shorter historical romance series to read on a lazy summer afternoon, I strongly recommend this one!

HAPPY READING! 🙂

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Reviewed by Rachel T.

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about the author

Christina McKnightChristina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since.

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

You can visit her online at the following places: Website Facebook | Twitter Goodreads | Amazon

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The Disappearance of Lady Edith by Christina McKnight-Review, book tour & giveaway

The Disappearance of Lady Edith by Christina McKnight-Review, Book Tour & Giveaway

The Disappearance of Lady Edith

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF LADY EDITH
The Undaunted Debutantes #1
by Christina McKnight
Release Date:May 23, 2017
Genre: adult, historical, romance

The DIsappearance of Lady Edith

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Release Date: May 23, 2017

One tragic night changed sensible, proper Lady Edith Pelton’s life: when her best friend fell to her death, pushed down a flight of stairs by a nefarious lord. Now, Edith dedicates her time to watching the man she thinks is responsible, while gathering information to expose other scoundrels posing as gentlemen of honor about London. When her spying is noticed by a perfect stranger, Edith finds herself with two mysteries—what happened to her friend, and how to win the heart of this brilliantly handsome lord.

Triston Neville, Viscount Torrington, has been tasked with two duties for the upcoming Season: see that his sisters make the most of their debut, and avoid embroiling himself in another scandal. What he does not expect is the captivating, fair-haired beauty that literally falls into his path. When the mysterious Lady Edith suddenly disappears without a trace, Triston fears his past misdeeds may have returned to destroy his life once more.

Can Triston piece together the puzzle in time to save Edith and prove that his love is nothing less than honorable?

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REVIEW:

4 out of 5 for this reader folks!

The Disappearance of Lady Edith by Christina McKnight is the first book of her “The Undaunted Debutantes” series. A regency historical romance, this is a rather quick read which can be consumed on a sunny afternoon with an tea .. or wobbly pop depending on your mood! LOL

Set in England in the 1800’s, the prologue goes right into setting us up for what is to be the big mystery of this novel. Four best friends and ladies of the ton (Tilda, Edith, Lucianna and Ophelia) are celebrating Tilda’s marriage day when the night ends in disaster and ultimately Tilda’s death. Knowing that something is very off and mysterious about Tilda’s death (new hubby is suspected of being a very bad man), the three ladies bond together in order to solve this crime, clear names and seek justice.

Lady Edith is a go getter. She is strong, logical, resilient and is all about justice. She believe that proof is required before dragging Tilda’s husband’s name through the mud. She will do whatever she must in order to find the answers she seeks. Climb and fall out of trees, chase strangers, end up in compromising position, get herself kidnapped and ultimately fall in love are a few of these actions .. lol She is a headstrong, “don’t mess with me” kind of lady ,and I just adored her to bits.

Triston is not without scandal himself. Having a checkered past and a scandal that kind of tops all scandals (bad daddy and betrothed), he is set on staying away from his childhood home at all costs, accompany his loved sisters to events of their season and bumping into a bratty woman that has him turned inside out. Ok .. the latter just kinda happens but he goes with it anyways! 😉 🙂

Both are completely intrigued by the other and come to realize these not so accidental meetings are for a reason. The attraction is strong, and before we know it, Triston finds himself completely emerged in this mystery of Tilda’s death. He just so happens to have to save a bratty woman in the process (atta girl Edith .. way to snag your guy ..lol)

This book was a little too fast paced for me but I suspect it was to fit a whole lot of amazing story in a short amount of pages. I would of liked a better build up, but I will say that Edith and Triston are well matched and believable as a couple. They brought out the best of each other. The writing flowed well, the scenes were beautiful, the mystery surrounding this story always had be guessing and the humour was spot on.

A definite recommend if you are looking for a quick historical romance fix, and the next two books are well set up to star the other two ladies Lucianna and Ophelia. These are to be released within a month of each other, so the option to read all three back to back will be available in a couple months time.

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Reviewed by Rachel T

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“I have seen many oxen with broader shoulders,”—she smirked, pulling back and leaning to the side as if to get a glimpse of his backside—“and far more accentuated hindquarters.”
She gulped.
No laughter remained as he narrowed his eyes on her. “Did you just compare my physique to that of a farm animal?”
Edith took a step back—damnation, she would not cower to him. “If you prefer, I can select another animal. A donkey, perhaps? They are well-known for their obstinacy. Or better yet, an African lion, I have read they are intimidating creatures.”
“You think me intimidating?” It was Torrington who took a step back this time, as if her words had wounded him. “Wait, do not answer that question—I have a far more important one: why do you keep appearing everywhere I am?”
“It is not I who keeps appearing,” Edith corrected. “I was minding my own business outside of Abercorn’s townhouse. You are the one who scared me from the tree. And you were the one who caught my eye in the ballroom. And I was enjoying an afternoon in the park when—“ She clamped her mouth shut.
“Enjoying an afternoon in the park until…you saw me and decided to follow?” he demanded. “I may very well be as large as an ox, or as stubborn as a donkey, or even as domineering as a lion, but at least I am not a snake—slithering and sneaking about, ready to bite and poison when the mood strikes.”
Edith gasped, covering her mouth with her hand.
“Oh, you find it belittling to be compared to a bloody animal?” he sneered. “Well, I find it insulting to be lied to, followed, and scrutinized by a woman I do not know.”
Edith sighed. “I have not been following you, I swear to it.”
Not a complete lie, or at least she hadn’t been at Lord Abercorn’s townhouse to spy on Triston—she allowed herself to think of him by his given name—nor had she attended the ball with Ophelia and Luci expecting to see him. And the park, well, that was rather serendipitous. She had decided to keep an eye on him, but she’d never thought to follow him out of London proper.
Edith glanced to the window, but the drapes were pulled securely shut. “The day must be growing late. My parents will surely be wondering where I am when I don’t arrive home on schedule.”
“I know what you are up to, Lady Edith Pelton.” His stance widened as he surveyed her from head to toe.


 

 

 About the author

Christina McKnightChristina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since.

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

You can visit her online at the following places:

Website Facebook | Twitter Goodreads | Amazon

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