Thursday, August 30, 2012

Historical Romance Review: Born Reckless by L.A. Hilden

Format: Paperback
Genre: Historical
Length: 324 pages
Publisher: L.A. Hilden (January 11, 2012)

Malicious Intent…
Lady Clarissa Mayfield’s troubles have amassed. The most pressing, saving her father from harm. And if this means dealing with the pessimistic views of the devastatingly handsome Marquis of Camden, then so be it. Drawn toward the ridiculed, the daring Clarissa knows the recluse marquis is a troubled man. But she believes she has the wherewithal to save him.

Ulterior Motives…
Grayson Mathers, the Marquis of Camden believes himself unworthy of love, until he sees possibilities in the form of Clarissa Mayfield. The optimistic beauty intrigues him. Unfortunately, Grayson cannot garner an introduction with the young lady until he discovers why his only living relative is lying to him and how much trouble his family is in this time.

Unbeknownst to him, Grayson’s driver decides to kidnap Lady Clarissa. What’s even more shocking, is once she’s by his side, Grayson decides he must keep her.

The Ultimate Awakening…
Grayson and Clarissa’s story is a passionate journey of awakenings, of trying to move away from past terrors that haunt a person’s soul for eternity, and move into the light and comfort of love. Among quirky relatives and friends, lies and secrets, and antics that involve sneaking off to party of sexual favors, Clarissa and Grayson find true love through a process of healing and understanding, along with quite a few untruths and desperate plans.
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Lady Clarissa Mayfield is having a bad season. Her mother is picking out horrendous clothes for her to wear, her father’s life is being threatened and now she’s just been kidnapped.

Grayson Mathers, Marquis of Camden, is also having a bad year. He finds himself enraptured with Clarissa but he cannot pursue. His brother is mourning the death of his wife, which Grayson blames himself for. But his brother is keeping a secret and it could ruin the family, which is why he stays away from Clarissa. Until his driver decides to kidnapped the object of his desire for him.

I can’t remember the last time I laughed out loud while reading a historical romance in the first couple of pages. Poor Clarissa is kidnapped then found hanging with her legs out of the carriage window by Grayson, the man she planned to ask for help regarding her father. Grayson is just as stunned finding her in this precarious position and tries to make the best of it.

The chemistry between them is immediate. Clarissa wants to hate Grayson but she can’t help but fall under his spell. But with the secrets he carries he doesn’t want to pull her into his life. She doesn’t care though and works on earning his trust and love. She makes him feel, something that he doesn’t believe he deserves. She is there for him to confide in without judgment. She loves him unconditionally and won’t back down even when he tries to push her away.

Favorite Quote:
“You, sir, are the one causing my distress.” Her fingers went to her temples. “How dare you insinuate that you had me kidnapped in order to protect me. The entire idea is preposterous. You have compounded my problems, not aided then. Oh, saints be praised. God save women from well-intentioned men.”
I thoroughly enjoyed Born Reckless. I was captured right in the beginning and I didn’t want to stop reading. I found myself falling for Grayson, even with his secrets, the same way Clarissa did. He’s a good guy. He’s not your typical Regency rake that we read about so much. He’s honorable, maybe not as much as he should be, but he wants to do right by Clarissa. He loves her and he’s not afraid to let her know. I like that about him.

Born Reckless is full of secrets and lies, but also full of romance. It’s full of witty dialogue that will have you laughing and secrets that will break your heart. This was my first book by LA Hilden but I will keep an eye out for more.

My only quip is that Grayson is the Marquis of Camden but at least twice I found that he was called the Earl of Camden.

***review copy provided by author***

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