Can You Have A Second Chance?

  • Title: The Seduction of Lady Phoebe
  • Author: Ella Quinn
  • Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Period
  • Story Takes Place: London, England,  1806
  • Published By: eKensington, September 19, 2013
  • Pages: 303

About The Author:  Ella Quinn presently lives in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.  This book is her debut book and the beginning of The Marriage Games Series.  The second book of the series The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh has just published.    Her third, The Temptation of Lady Serena, will publish January 2, 2014.

Elle Quinn is very active on Facebook and Twitter and blog tours.  If you would like to know more about the author here’s a link to her Web site.

About The Story: Lady Phoebe was not a lady to play around with.  She had been trained to take care of herself, both with fists and short sword. Many a lord who had tried his way with her found themselves at the end of a powerful fist to the face.  Rather than finding themselves flat on their backs in bed, they found themselves flat on their backs on the ground or floor with a bloody nose.  She was a force to be reckoned including within the political arena.  Her first encounter with men at age 16 had scarred her forever.  Men were not to be trusted.  She WOULD control her life.

Lord Marcus had always been in love with Lady Phoebe, even after she knocked him to the floor when she was only 16.  But he knew he’d deserved it.  He was nothing but a reprobate through and through.   His father had sent him to the West Indies, hopefully to make a better man of him and Lord Marcus decided after his encounter with Lady Phoebe that he wanted to be a better man.  After eight long years of being abroad, he was summoned by his father.  Lord Marcus’s brother was dying.  He needed to be home.  But with that came memories and hope.  Would Lady Phoebe still be free?  Had she married?  Would and could she forgive him for taking such liberties with her?

Fate played into Lord Marcus’ hands.  He returned and finds Lady Phoebe in a hotel barred behind locked doors with a drunken young man banging on her door.  In just a few moments he sent the young man packing with strong incentive not to be back.  He asked Lady Phoebe not to open her door. He would guard her door through the night, sleeping on the floor.

Eventually, Lady Phoebe met her knight-errant through another mischance destiny put in her path. She didn’t recognize him as Lord Marcus.  Eight years had changed the man.  Lord Marcus hoped to engage Lady Phoebe’s attention and feelings before she found out who he was.   Will Lady Phoebe see the man who he had become?  Is Lord Marcus able to convince Lady Phoebe that he is not the same man and that he loves her?

Review: Ella Quinn paints a clear picture of the Regency Era.  I particularly like the way Regency Era slang words were interspersed throughout the story.  It made it more authentic.  Her characterizations of Lady Phoebe and Lord Marcus were in-depth producing the effect that the reader knows them well.  As a reader, I had tears in my eyes on occasion.  Author Ella Quinn draws out the major conflict that Lady Phoebe is facing: Her feelings of never trusting a man, and particularly Lord Marcus, especially because of the way that he had accosted her long ago versus the way she is drawn to him physically and eventually liking him as a person in the present.  She is pulled back and forth with this conflict and therefore can’t move forward. Personally, I enjoy a story during this time period in history that shows that women were becoming active politically and were more than just decoration on a man’s arm.

About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.
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2 Responses to Can You Have A Second Chance?

  1. carolcork says:

    I have been lucky enough to be able to read ARCs of all Ella Quinn’s books to date and have loved each of them. I agree that she evokes the Regency Era perfectly and her characters really weave their way into your heart.


  2. I shall look forward to reading her next one.


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