A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter

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Katherine FitzGilbert returns to London society for business after turning her back on it years ago.  She stumbles upon Lord Graham Wharton, a gentleman who is searching for his missing sister.  Although she desires to help Graham, she cannot reveal what she knows about women who disappear to escape the scorn of society.  And as she is forced to run for her life, she dreads putting everyone she loves in danger.

I was excited for this new series by Kristi Ann Hunter and this first book was a great start!  I liked the characters in this novel, as they are flawed and relatable but also forgiven and redeemed.  The history was well researched and written with details that made it easy for me to envision the ballroom scenes and backdrop for the story. There were surprising twists and turns that keep me reading and engaged.  I enjoyed this first book and look forward to the next one in the series!

I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

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The Duke of Riverton, Griffith, is the eldest Hawthorne and uses order, logic, and control in order to succeed in his role as a Duke and in his business dealings. It makes sense to him to apply these same principles to choosing a mate. It should not matter that his choice stirs no romantic feelings whatsoever in himself—only it does matter, because her cousin, the beautiful and elusive Isabella, does stir those romantic feelings. But Isabella is complicated and independent, not at all what Griffith considers a perfect match. Isabella, meanwhile, is caught up in a family scheme, perhaps causing her to have to sacrifice all that she holds dear.

This novel is an enjoyable end to a wonderful series. It was great to finally read about Griffith and get to know his stoic personality a bit more. The characters had good depth and conflict and it was additionally fun to read about previous personalities from the other novels. Faith and love are intertwined with a charming historical setting that makes it easy to picture the scenes, the gowns, and the parties. I thought the book slowed a bit in the middle with repetitive details and the romance did not quite seem to fit like the first three books, but nonetheless I did like the characters, making this a memorable last installment. I recommend this entire series to those who love historical regency romance!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

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Lord Trent Hawthorne is thrilled to be able to marry for love, like his two sisters and his parents did before him. But when a compromising situation forces him to suddenly marry the quiet and meek Lady Adelaide Bell, he is unsure if love is truly possible for him. Determined to make the best of his circumstances, he decides to do something rather unique and court his own wife. As the pressures of London culture and the expectations of the social elite build and cause a drift in their tremulous relationship, Trent and Adelaide must rely on the things they are learning about each other and the growing feelings of their hearts.

I really enjoyed the characters of Trent and Adelaide. They are both unique and quirky and their insecurities and interactions are endearing. I did think the novel moved a little slow in the middle of the storyline and I did hope for a more engaging plot, but nonetheless, the overall story is enjoyable. It was also fun to catch up with a few characters from the first two novels, although reading the stories in order is not required. I did not think the characters in this particular novel developed quite as well or quite as deeply. However, I did think it was a pleasant novel and a worthy read. I recommend this to lovers of historical fiction!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

An Elegant Façade by Kristi Ann Hunter

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Lady Georgina Hawthorne has a secret. She has perfected the art of making everyone think she is a spoiled lady of distinction in order to hide her secret. She has carefully laid out plans to marry well in order to preserve this secret. The success of this debut season determines the results of years of meticulous planning. Colin McCrae may have money and a successful business, but he possesses no title, and thus is easily dismissed by the elite of England. He has no interest in the shallow Georgina, despite the fact he thinks there may be more to the beautiful woman than what she shows to society. But the sparks between them fly and they realize they may have more in common than they had initially suspected.

I enjoyed the first novel by Kristi Ann Hunter, but I loved this book. Georgina might seem spoiled and selfish, but this fragile confidence simply serves to hide her true secret. This plot is unique as the first part of the book is actually the last part of the previous novel but from Georgina’s perspective. I enjoyed this unique writing style and grew to like Georgina much more than I had in the previous novel. Thus, although it is not essential to read the first book in this series, it certainly provides more background on all the characters. This novel had great character development, beautifully descripted scenes, and excellent spiritual truths woven throughout. I most highly recommend this book!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter

Lady Miranda Hawthorne tires of the lady lessons from her genteel born mother, instead desiring to allow her inner thoughts and emotions run free. In order to appease her mother but still have an outlet, Miranda writes a journal of sorts. Only instead of a leather bound book, it’s a series of letters to a childhood friend of her older brother, a man she believes has a similar opinion of high society despite his being a duke. Since she has never actually met the man, she merely stores the letters in a trunk under her bed. But when her brother’s new valet mistakenly mails a letter, she is horrified. She is even more surprised when the duke actually responds and they strike up a lively correspondence. Yet as the strange events occurring at her home escalate, Miranda must turn to an unlikely source to solve the mysteries before it is too late.

This novel has a creative and interesting plot. Although the letters were disappointingly less of a cornerstone of the plot than I expected, I enjoyed the banter of the characters and their relationships throughout the book. I particularly liked the romance as it was not forced nor developed too quickly. Portions of the dialogue and plot were a little choppy at times, but overall the myriad of events makes for a pleasant read. A recommended regency novel!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.