Title: The Rake’s Irish Lady Scandalous Kisses, book 2
Author: Barbara Monajem
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Story Setting: 1804, west coast of Lancashire & London
Published by: Soul Mate Publishing
Published Date: December 30, 2015 ASIN: B018GK893U
About the Story: ONE WILD NIGHT . . .
Widowed & lonely, Bridget O’Shaughnessy Black indulges herself in a night of pleasure. After all, she’s in disguise. And the baby girl? An unexpected blessing. . .until an old flame claims the child as his own to force Bridget to marry him.
ONE DETERMINED LADY . . .
Many women pursued Colin Warren, but only one climbed in his bedchamber window. When Bridget does it for the second time, she doesn’t have fun in mind. Colin is unfit to be a parent, and yet he has no choice but to acknowledge the little girl.
RISKING EVERYTHING FOR LOVE Circumstances force Bridget and Colin together, yet grave differences divide them. Can love bridge the chasm that keeps them apart?
My Thoughts: Author Barbara Monajem creates characters whose antics are most convoluted and entirely delicious! Bridget is opinionated and one of those gals who just jumps into trouble and then is determined to pull herself out with no help from others! She also believes men are not to be trusted.
She sees Colin Warren at a party one day shortly after she was widowed, thinking him entirely too wonderful to pass by, so climbs up to his bedroom window (yes, she’s a wild one!) and has her way with him.
She’s half English, half Irish – the Irish part of her was in full-swing that night producing a pregnancy she hoped people think her dead husband’s. After five years of rearing her little girl, trouble comes knocking on her door in the form of her cousin, Martin Fallow. He is determined to marry her (why?), although she loved him when she was 16, she had no desire to do so now. He spreads rumors that the child is his, ruining her reputation in her village. However, Bridget is a fighter! She comes up with a solution. She must get the real father of her daughter to admit the child is his, conceived that one night when neither thought beyond the passion they experienced.
Thinking Colin was a lazy, good-for-nothing rake, she wanted nothing more from him but to admit. Afterall, what would it matter to him? Lots of men have by-blows all the time. But Colin still had some honor in him, then he became intrigued about why Bridget was coming to him now. And this, dear reader, makes a rather funny read you surely shouldn’t miss!
Sylvie, Bridget’s daughter is over influenced by a religious (and up-tight) woman, Millie. The little girl takes on the role of properness, scolding her mother for her actions. She’s hot-tempered, much as her mother and father are, carrying the story to greater ridiculousness.
There’s a bit of magic in Ms. Monajem’s stories with interesting secondary characters. An underlying theme in this one is each person is prejudiced by his/her very upbringing. We only come to realize what it might be when confronted by an event where we must assume what we think is truth.
Excerpt: (Bridget is waiting outside a gaming hell hoping to catch Colin Warren to talk with him. He has been avoiding her.)
The door to the gaming hell opened and two men strolled out. Bridget ducked behind the coach.
“It’s a hack!” one of the men said as if he’d made a momentous discovery. “Just what we need.” He shambled across the street, followed by his companion.
Jed tipped his hat. “Sorry, sir, but I already have a customer.”
The first man peered into the hack. “I don’t see a customer. Do you see a customer, Fred?”
As bad luck would have it, the one called Fred stumbled past the coach and spied Bridge behind it. “Here’s someone looking for a customer,” he said, and continued around the hackney. “Aren’t you a pretty little tart!” He tried to sling an arm around her, breathing brandy and tobacco fumes in her face. “How much for a quick one?”
Bridget evaded him. “I’m not for hire. Go away. This is my coach.”
“Of course it is, sweetheart, and you’d love to take us for a ride, wouldn’t you? Our luck was in, so we’ve planty of blunt tonight. Ain’t that right, Mort? He made a grab for her arm.
Curse it, she’d left her pistol on the seat. She whirled away and ducked under the traces, emerging on the other side of the coach.
“Here,” Jed growled, reaching down a hand to haul her up beside him, but Mort nipped around and tugged at her gown.
Briget slapped at him and got a foothold on the coach. “Let go of me, you fool! I’m not a whore!” A strong hand grabbed her other foot. She shrieked and struggled, trying to kick, clinging to the hack with one hand and Jed with the other, while Mort laughed.
Fred appeared and yanked the other foot off its perch.
Cursing, Jed reached for his cudgel, but it was too late. An arm encircled her waist, and Bridget tumbled to the cobblestones.
Plenty of action in this scene. It is rather funny. Particularly when you know what a bold and determined woman Bridget is. So the next question is, will Colin Warren get out of the gaming hell in time? And if in time, what will he do? Can she save herself? Readers, I hope you have the chance to read this book. I highly recommend Barbara Monajem’s novellas and full-length novels. They are spicy and witty. Delightful entertainment, one and all!
About the Author: Winner of the Holt Medallion, Maggie, Daphne du Maurier, Reviewer’s Choice and Epic awards, Barbara Monajem wrote her first story at eight years old about apple tree gnomes. She published a middle-grade fantasy when her children were young. When they grew up, she turned to writing for adults, first the Bayou Gavotte paranormal mysteries and then Regency romances with intrepid heroines and long-suffering heroes (or vice versa). Some of her Regencies have magic in them and some don’t (except for the magic of love, which is in every story she writes).
Barbara loves to cook, especially soups, and is an avid reader. There are only two items on her bucket list: to make asparagus pudding and succeed at knitting socks. She’ll manage the first but doubts she’ll ever accomplish the second. This is not a bid for immortality but merely the dismal truth. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia with an ever-shifting population of relatives, friends, and feline strays. **
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