Title: Suitors and Sabotage
Author: Cindy Anstey
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: April 17th 2018
Genres: Historical, Romance, Young Adult
Synopsis: Two young people must hide their true feelings for each other while figuring out who means them harm in this cheeky Regency romance from the author of Love, Lies and Spies and Duels & Deception.
Shy aspiring artist Imogene Chively has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father’s approval. Imogene is ambivalent about the young gentleman until he comes to visit her at the Chively estate with his younger brother in tow. When her interest is piqued, however, it is for the wrong brother.
Charming Ben Steeple has a secret: despite being an architectural apprentice, he has no drawing aptitude. When Imogene offers to teach him, Ben is soon smitten by the young lady he considers his brother’s intended.
But hiding their true feelings becomes the least of their problems when, after a series of “accidents,” it becomes apparent that someone means Ben harm. And as their affection for each other grows—despite their efforts to remain just friends—so does the danger. . .In Suitors and Sabotage, author Cindy Anstey delivers another witty young adult historical fiction novel that is the perfect mix of sweetly romantic and action-packed.
Suitors and Sabotage is fun and flirtatious. It’s an endearing and cheeky story set in the regency period. For lovers of historical fiction romances, this one is for you.
I thought this one was really cute. It had an elegant writing style and was very engaging. It reminded me of reading Pride and Prejudice.
As a historical fiction, in one of my favorite time periods, it was very atmospheric and really captured my heart. It had all the fun and frivolity of what I enjoy reading in “high society”. There was the overbearing family, pressing courting and marriage, there were the “proper” ladies worrying about fashion and propriety, and there were the dashing, chivalrous men, out to capture a lady’s heart. Though the story could have used a little more excitement, it was sweet, just like the romance.
The romance was a little on the “insta-love” side, but still took a little time to develop and was adorable. It was definitely predictable, and obviously ended happily, but it sweetly fit in the time period. It reminded me a little of Alex & Eliza.
I do wish I had connected with the characters a little more. They were interesting to read, and very enjoyable, but I didn’t get invested in their lives. I was happy for the ending, but was never too worried about the outcome.
The plot itself was a little slow. It definitely had some unpredictable moments, and the “villain” reveal was a surprise, but it wasn’t as exciting as I had hoped. This isn’t to say it was bad, because it was still very pleasant to read, it just wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be. I would still recommend this one to anyone who enjoys sweet romances, historical fiction, and the regency period. 3.5 stars!
Thank you Xpresso book tours for providing me with this free e-ARC in exchange for my honest review, and as part of the blog tour.
About the Author:
Whenever she is not sitting at the computer, throwing a ball in the backyard, gardening or reading, Cindy can be found–actually, not found–adventuring around the world with her hubby.
She has lived on three continents, had a monkey in her yard and a scorpion under her sink, dwelt among castles and canals, enjoyed the jazz of Beale St and attempted to speak French.
Cindy loves history, mystery and… a chocolate Labrador called Chester. Love, Lies and Spies is her debut novel.
- Paperback copy of Suitors and Sabotage
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