Thursday, February 2, 2017

An Uncommon Courtship

GIVEAWAY

HUNTER, KRISTI ANN
AN UNCOMMON COURTSHIP

Lord Trent Hawthorne couldn't be happier he is not the duke in the family. Free to manage his small estate and take his time discovering the life he wants to lead, he has grand plans of someday wooing and falling in love with the woman of his choice. When he finds himself honor bound to marry a woman he barely knows, his dream of a loving marriage like his parents' seems lost forever.

Life for Lady Adelaide Bell was easier when she hid in her older sister's shadow -- which worked until her sister got married. But even with her socially ambitious mother's focus entirely on her, the last thing she expected was a marriage of convenience before she's been introduced to society.

With nothing going as expected, can Trent and Adelaide's marriage of obligation survive their own missteps and the pressures of London society to grow into a true meeting of hearts and minds?

My Review:

This is the third book in the Hawthorne House series and while you don't need to read the earlier books in order to enjoy this one you will get a better feel for the family as the heroes and heroines of book one and two get some prime time in this one.

Love Adelaide -- she's spent a lifetime being invisible and suddenly finds herself thrust into the limelight in a most outrageous way. Overshadowed by a domineering mother and dazzling older sister, she has created an outer shell that doesn't match who she really is inside.

Trent doesn't know that in the beginning. In fact, he knows very little about Adelaide other than he can't abide her shrewish mother and fears his new wife might possess some of the same tendencies. Oh Trent -- for an upstanding member of aristocracy who never seems to make a wrong move -- he totally bungles his role as husband. In absolutely every way. I wanted to smack him upside the head. A lot! I will give him points on deciding to court his wife though. That's definitely a highlight in this marriage of convenience story.

There's an incredibly funny scene when all the male relations gather together to offer Trent marital advice. Snort. I fear they had way too much fun at the poor man's expense. But by then I had no mercy because he really deserved it.

There's not as much witty banter between the hero and heroine as in the other books. Lots of introspection from both of them though which put this reader on edge. If only they'd actually say what they were thinking! To each other!!

True confession: Griffith is the brother who caught my attention and I might have swooned a time or two...or three or more...whenever he was in a scene. Something about a confident Duke who thinks he has his whole life planned out. I'm really looking forward to his story -- I suspect Kristi Ann Hunter is going to turn his well-ordered life upside down. I think it's going to be a doozy!

Book was provided courtesy of Baker Publications and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.

Giveaway Opportunity:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of An Uncommon Courtship please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoread AT yahoo DOT ca. If you post a comment and add your email address please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday February 5 2017.  Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

59 comments:

  1. I've read this one and I agree with all your points! Both Trent & Adelaide frustrated me sometimes in the fact that they didn't speak what they were really thinking or feeling. I'm the type of person that you know what I think because I tell you outright...lol!

    I had mixed feelings on this one. But I won't go into them, just know that I AM looking forward to Griffth's story. He's the one I've been most anticipating throughout this series :-)

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    1. Ah, Griffith! I'm still thinking about him. LOL

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  2. I sounds great and I hope to get a chance to read it :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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    1. I hope you do too, Lisa. Good luck.

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  3. I loved this story! It's a keeper for my bookshelf. Would enjoy having an extra copy to pass along to a friend.

    duhpaynes(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Gotta share the book love, right? Good luck, Anne.

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  4. I just finished reading this a half hour ago!! (so don't enter me, LOL) But I had to comment that YES, Griffith totally caught my reading eye. ;) I just cannot wait to see how this author turns his world upside down! I loved Trent's family and how Adelaide finally found herself in spite of her awful family. Definitely could have used more banter, but overall it was a sweet and wonderful story.

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    1. I totally agree. We need to start a Griffith fan club! And plague the author until she publishes his story!

      And yes, Adelaide's upbringing made the banter difficult because she was so used to being invisible that she didn't have the confidence...or even the notion...that she could speak up. Loved her developing into her own woman though. Thanks for chiming in, Susan.

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    2. Please don't enter my name in this giveaway because I own this book already and loved it. Actually, I liked that Trent and Adelaide didn't have a lot of banter. It wouldn't have fit their personalities and the story plot. Having a lot of banter in the books about the other siblings was good because it fit them. I wouldn't want every book in a series to be the same.

      Great news for fellow Griffith fans. His book is coming in September. :) I love him and kind of wish his world wasn't turned upside down because I like it and him the way they are. Here's the synopsis on Amazon.

      Griffith's Book Synopsis

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    3. Thanks for the sneak peek Sylvia!! I'm part of Kristi street team and I will receive this one to read/review. Griffth has long held my interest (and my heart) from the very first book. I'm anxious to get to know him more ;-)

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    4. Oh, thanks for that sneak peak, Sylvia! That's closer than I thought it would be. Woot!

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    5. Yay! Cannot wait for Griffith's story! I love him just the way he is, too, but he needs a better half. LOL. I agree - the banter wouldn't have worked between Trent and Adalaide, knowing their situation. But I do love lots of banter, so it was different reading this for me.

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  5. Looks great I haven't read anything by Kristi yet. I will have to go check them out. Thanks Kav! 👍 iamabho (@) gmail (.) com. 😍

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    1. If you like a good Regency read she's your writer! Good luck, Linda.

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    2. Linda, if you have an e-reader or Kindle for PC you should read the series prequel novella, A Lady of Esteem. It's free on Kindle and introduces the characters in the rest of the series.

      A Lady of Esteem Amazon Link

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    3. That's a great idea, Sylvia. Thanks for the tip and the link.

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  6. I haven't read this book, and I don't immediately remember anything else from this author, so this would be a fresh/new start. It has been very interesting reading all the comments in relation to the review, particularly the continuation of the Griffith character in the future. Thanks! dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

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    1. Don`t you just love a book that gives you the promise of more good things to come thanks to a particularly compelling secondary character? Good luck, CC.

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  7. I have not had the pleasure of reading this series yet and clearly I am missing out so I need to move these up on that towering TBR pile. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. You`re welcome, Loraine. Good luck.

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  8. I've read Noble Masqurade and Lady of Esteem. Huge fan! Would love to read this one.

    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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    1. Yep -- you`re ready for this one. Good luck, Mindy.

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  9. Loved, loved this book as I did the other books in this series. So looking forward to Griffin's story. I'm sure Kristi Ann will give him the perfect mate,

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    1. Yes, but I`m also sure he won`t think she`s perfect for him at the beginning. :-)

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  10. I love Hunter's writing! Hoping for a win!!
    kathrynlvoss(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. I read the prequel novella and first book of this series. The second was on my Christmas list but I didn't receive it so I'm behind on reading this great series. I'd very much love to win An Uncommon Courtship. I really enjoyed the books I read by Kristi Ann Hunter.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Aren`t her books wonderful? Good luck, Pam.

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  12. I've only read A Noble Masquerade so far but I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the rest of the series. Glad to hear you enjoyed this one.

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  13. On my TBR list. Thank you for the chance.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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  14. OOOH girl I can't think of anything that can drive me nuttier than when characters ponder and I want them to open up to one another! It all sounds good to me. Not entering, but enjoyed your review!

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    1. LOL -- yes -- I do enough pondering in my own life. I like characters who use their words. :-)

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  15. I really need to read this series! It sounds so great!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. You'll love it, Heidi. Good luck.

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  16. YES!! Been looking forward to reading this!
    Elly -Indiana-

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  17. I haven't read this one so thanks for the chance to win it Kav! And I love your review!
    Blessings
    Joy
    ibjoy1953(at)yahoo(dot)col

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    1. That sound be .com at the end!! Sorry about that!

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  18. Have not had a chance to read on of her books yet. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. The cover of this book reminds me of the PBS program, Downton Abbey.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet@gmail.com

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    1. You're welcome, Janet. Good luck.

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  20. I don't think I have read any of her books yet. Looks like another good series to read.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. It really is. Hope you get a chance to sample it soon. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  21. I really enjoyed the novella introducing this series, but haven't had a chance to read any of the series yet.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I haven't read the novella yet. Ebooks and I don't see eye to eye. :-) Good luck, Patty.

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  22. I loved the novella and book 1 in this series, I'm listening to book 2 and not loving it as much because of the narrator. I hope the story will shine through soon though. I would love to read Trent's story, thanks for the giveaway!

    garfsgirl AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. An iffy narrator can ruin a good book, Can't it? Good luck, Lis.

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  23. This series is on my must read soon list! KAV, thank you for the chance!

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Caryl. Good luck.

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  24. I have read the novella in this series and loved it! I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books. It's fun to read a series where you get to know more of the charcters in each new book. Thanks for this preview scoop! :) ~Alison

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Yes -- I like the way this author carries different characters forward into each book. It's a real family affair. Good luck, Alison.

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  25. I haven't read any books by this author but your review and some of the comments above cemented my interest! Thanks for the chance to win.

    kmophelan(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It's a delightful series, Katrina. Good luck.

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  26. Another great book to add to my TBR stack! Thanks for the review and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. You're welcome, Donna. Good luck.

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