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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Review & Giveaway: A Reckless Promise by Kasey Michaels / @TLCBookTours

Series & Title: The Little Season, Book 3: A Reckless Promise
Author: Kasey Michaels
Publisher: HQN Books
Release Date: July 26, 2016
Genre: Historical, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: TLC Book Tours

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London’s Little Season has never been so scandalous

It’s the kind of vow often made on the battlefield. Darby Travers, Viscount Nailbourne, never imagines he’ll have to honor it. Yet here she is on his doorstep—his late comrade’s young daughter, and Darby’s new ward. Worse, she comes with the most overprotective, mistrustful, bothersome chaperone—the child’s aunt, Sadie Grace Boxer. Darby is quite sure that behind her lovely facade, the woman is guarding a secret.

Sadie Grace faced many trials working in her brother’s surgery, but none prepared her for the world she’s thrust into with his passing. Navigating the ton, with its endless ball gowns and parade of parties, is difficult enough, but hiding the truth about her niece while the sophisticated Viscount watches her every move proves nearly impossible—particularly when his searing gaze tempts her to bare all. But when her family’s past catches up with her, she’ll have to trust in Darby…no matter the cost to her heart.

I haven't had the pleasure of reading the first two books of this series. I'm kinda sad I didn't before reading this one. I don't feel they're necessary to enjoy Reckless, but I feel they probably would have enhanced my experience.

From the beginning, I was swept into Darby and Sadie's world. The emotional upheaval of war and the promise it brought between two men set the pace for what I hoped would be an incredible read. It was and I wasn't disappointed.

The secrecy of Sadie's past is heavily present throughout this story. But Darby's determination to unravel the mystery that is Sadie was just as prevalent. Finding out what Sadie kept so carefully hidden was a monumental moment. The events that followed capitalized on the attraction that had developed between Darby and Sadie but also the fulfillment of Darby's promise to Sadie's brother.

What stuck out the most was Sadie's selflessness. Everything she did was for others. In some stories, I've seen that kind of strain wear on a woman until she snaps. For Sadie, it only strengthened her character, gave her courage to continue doing what she did, making sure she did what was necessary to protect her niece and honor her brother's wishes. And, I feel, Darby not only saw that but appreciated it as well.

I enjoyed every word of this story. Ms. Michaels gave me characters and a setting that were engaging and intriguing, dialogue that was lighthearted at times and heavier at others, and tender moments that made my heart smile. A beautiful tale about promises made and fulfilled, and lives altered for the better.

USA TODAY bestselling author Kasey Michaels is the author of more than one hundred books. She has earned four starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, and has won an RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award and several other commendations for her contemporary and historical novels. Kasey resides with her family in Pennsylvania.


  1. My grandfather promised something during WWII and he kept that promise for the rest of his life. Because of that I've always been fascinated by promises made in wartime - they seems to be so very important to those who make them.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

    1. Wow! That's so cool! Promises made in times of strife seem to carry a lot of weight to them but those promising seem to understand that and are incredibly willing to see them fulfilled.

      It was an honor being part of this tour :)