Book Review: The Determined Lord Hadleigh by Virginia Heath.


I can't quite believe I've just finished the last in The Kings Elite series and I can't quite believe how quick I read it. I managed to book myself on a few blog tours and set certain review dates for July, then wondered how I was going to fit reading all the books in in time. Then Virginia Heath gave me 'The Determined Lord Hadleigh,' and it was like fear not - this book will be read consumed at all times and I will not want it to end because I'll fall madly in love with the characters - July, pffft that's ages away I'll get it read by then, I'll take my time, but wait... why am I already on the last page?!!!!! 

The Blurb.

He’s got iron control…
But she might be his undoing!
Part of The King’s Elite. Haunted by Penny Penhurst’s courage on the witness stand, meticulous barrister Lord Hadleigh offers her a housekeeper position at his estate. Despite trying to stay detached, Hadleigh is charmed by her small child and surprised by how much he yearns for this proud woman! Can this he break through his own – and Penny’s – barriers to prove he’s a man she can trust…and love?

My Review.

As you can probably tell from my brief introduction, I enjoyed, no, I adored this book. It's been a little while since I read the last Kings Elite book - that's probably a lie, I don't think it was that long ago, but it felt like it had been a while, because as soon as I read the first few pages of this book I felt content and like I was home. I just love Virginia's writing. Word of warning, this review is probably just going to consist of a few paragraphs of me trying to find different ways of saying "I loved it." "It was so blooming good." "Oh I adored it and couldn't put it down." Rather than any actually insight, but then again I don't think you really need too much, what I think you really need to do is get this book, but if you haven't read any of The Kings Elite books yet, I suggest you get comfy and start with the first one The Mysterious Lord Millcroft.

In finding the link for my review of the first book in this wonderful series, I just read back my reviews for all of the other members of The Kings Elite and they made me smile. I am terrible at writing detailed reviews about characters and writing - absolutely terrible. However, I love that upon reading those reviews again I could feel how happy and passionate I was about the stories., just like I was reading this one. Reading them back was like visiting old friends and like I was reminiscing about the time when I first met all the dashing men of the Kings Elite that I know and love so much. This series feels like falling in love over and over again - how lovely is that? Books hold so much power and can make such an impact on your life. It's truly magic.

Shall I tell you a little bit about the characters and story? I think I will...

... Every time Lord Hadleigh made an appearance in the previous books, I always thought he was quite serious and actually didn't give him too much thought. So, when I read the blurb for this last book I was intrigued by the fact that it was going to be his story. But, guess what? I'm so, so glad it was. He was brilliant. I've said before that Virginia Heath writes beautiful men and I stand by that statement tenfold. I honestly don't think I could pick a favourite between The Wild Warriners and The Kings Elite, okay maybe I could but I can't say as the others might get jealous and I may also change my mind. Hadleigh was a mix of smart, hard working, dashing, kind, thoughtful, caring and sweet. He was simply divine. I enjoyed his story immensely and swooned constantly, especially when there were scenes with Penny's baby. That whole men with babies really is a thing isn't it? I know it shouldn't be really, but sometimes you just have to accept that it is. I melted any time they were together.

The chemistry between Hadleigh and Penny was palpable from the pages and I loved every minute of their interactions and will they/won't they relationship. They were both strong and stubborn, but it was obvious they cared and both had a lot of love to give, even if they didn't always express it in the right way. I adored their pairing.

Maybe Virginia will gather all of these families together in one big story The Wild Warriners and The Kings Elite together in one long, long, long...long (ok you catch my drift Virginia ;)) book...oooh maybe a Christmas one, so I can sit around my Christmas tree with a hot chocolate or mulled wine (just for effect) snuggle under a blanket, watch the snowfall (I'm setting a scene) and get cosy with all of these wonderful people that I clearly have an issue letting go of. Why do you do this to me Virginia?

On a side note, my Mum has FINALLY got round to reading The Warriner books and she too is now fascinated by these men. So don't just take my word for it. See a Virginia Heath book? Pick it up and all day long you'll be in luck!! :)

Happy Reading!

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