Book Review: The Scoundrel's Bartered Bride by Virginia Heath.

I always get so excited when an email pops up in my inbox from Virginia Heath and I also feel incredibly grateful when they do too. I've never met a Virginia Heath book I didn't like! True story! I love her writing so much and devour her books within days. As was the case with her latest, 'The Scoundrel's Bartered Bride.' I read it in two!

The Blurb.

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Lady Lydia Barton cannot seem to avoid Owen Wolfe since he’s returned after being wrongly transported for stealing her family’s jewels! But Lydia has more pressing problems, like her impending arranged marriage. Until Owen makes her father a counter offer for her hand. Is Owen purely after her society connections or dare Lydia hope that the charming stable boy she once loved is still within her ruthless, wealthy new husband?

My Review.

Where do I even begin? Ooh let's start with the fact that this story derived from a poll Virginia did online, where she asked her readers what they wanted to read and they gave her an answer that combined a couple of things and then she wrote it!! I mean, I just love that! All the while I was reading it, I kept thinking to myself, 'Just like that! She wrote this whole story after taking into account what her readers wanted. Incredible!' I don't know if Virginia felt more pressure because of that. I imagine there might have been a little bit more than normal, but she certainly delivered. 

Maybe, because of this fact, I felt like this story had something for everyone and was coming from a place of togetherness and appealing to the masses - technically I'd say all of her books do that, but I don't know how to explain it! It was like Owen was the lead in a major motion picture and this role was one everyone was eagerly awaiting watching him in! Am I making sense? 

Anywho, I'll talk a bit more about the delightful Owen. I adored him. What else were you expecting? Virginia has leading men spot on each and every time. She never fails to create different men in every book, who all posses amazing qualities, unique personalities and who are 150% swoon worthy guaranteed. Owen had heart, kindness, generosity, sex appeal, humour and intelligence all rolled in to one and I honestly loved reading about him. So many scenes just melted my heart, that I'm not quite ready to pick up another book yet. 

His history with the lovely Lady Lydia Barton made this story all the more captivating, because they were both so ridiculously gorgeous with each other, it's untrue. Honestly the dialogue between the two of them was perfect, utterly perfect. Virginia is brilliant at weaving gentle humour throughout her stories and it adds so much charm, I can't tell you. Every dig, every sarcastic comment, every flutter of Lydia's eyelashes or smile from Owen sank me deeper into the pages and I couldn't get enough of them both together. 

Lydia was wonderful in all of her own ways. My favourite thing about her being that she didn't play games. When something was on her mind, she told Owen straight. I much prefer women like that. She didn't fret up in her room, she just came out with it. Again, the two of them fit perfectly together and I loved watching their relationship grow and seeing them interact. 

There are additional characters that make this story extra special too, but I'll let you discover them for yourselves, otherwise I'm in danger of writing my own book right now. They add so much heart and love to the story, as well as more of that charming humour and I ate it up!! 

Much like any Virginia Heath title I cannot recommend 'The Scoundrel's Bartered Bride,' enough. Every time I think I have a favourite book by Virginia she brings out another one that I fall head over heels with. She gets better and better each time and that's saying something, because she leaves herself with pretty high standards to follow each time! Grab yourself a copy today!

Happy Reading!

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