If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. - Oscar Wilde
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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Review: Tainted Bride by A.S. Fenichel / @W_I_Promo @asfenichel

Series & Title: The Forever Brides, Book 1: Tainted Bride
Author: A.S. Fenichel
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Genre: Historical, Romance
ARC Received From: Lyrical Press via NetGalley
Reviewed For: Wickedly Innocent Promotions

Sailing to London, Sophia Braighton only hopes to escape certain ruin. But when she arrives, her Great Aunt Daphne has other plans for the American-born beauty. Determined to marry off her niece to a man of means, she propels Sophia into London society, not knowing that the young woman’s trust in men is shattered. In fact, Sophia never expects to ever feel anything for a man. Then again, she never expects to find herself in the company of the dashing earl of Marlton….

From the moment he sees Sophia, Daniel Fallon feels alive in a way he has not since his broken engagement. Though the vulnerable beauty shies from the passion burning bright between them, Daniel is determined to court her and make her his bride. When he learns of the painful secret she harbors, he is equally determined to take revenge on the man responsible. But will the quest destroy him—and his future with his beloved?

Passion burns bright and hot between Daniel and Sophia but something in her past pulls her from his all encompassing embrace to the shadows that always seem to follow her. Daniel's determination makes him a formidable man to deny, and Sophia's initial retreats had me wondering if he would quit. I mean, there had to be other women who interested him, right? Women who weren't so wary of a man's touch or interest that would make him the perfect wife, right?

What Daniel saw in Sophia made pursuing her worth enduring her reluctant acceptance of him. He didn't see a victim or a woman at fault. He saw strength and beauty, passion and loyalty. He saw a woman he could honor, cherish, love, and care for if she would willingly accept his suit, his heart, and the knowledge that he is not like the man who hurt her.

He's better.

Rape is hard to read about. I would imagine it's hard to write about. There's so much that has to be considered when it's incorporated into a story. But Ms. Fenichel wrote this one nicely. The struggles Sophia had, Daniel's confusion over her hot/cold approach to him. How hard it was to share what happened. Daniel's rightful anger over the entire situation. Although I'm not fond of reading assault stories, I am glad it was part of this story. It gave Sophia a hurdle to jump over and Daniel someone to fight for and protect.

Hard topic aside, this is a great read. It's humorous and lighthearted at times, then somber and dark during others. The attraction felt instant but it seemed to take almost the entire story for it to really develop. This story won't be for everyone simply because of Sophia's secret. But for those daring enough to read it, I hope you enjoy it.

A.S. Fenichel adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story. Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey. She now lives in the southwest with her real life hero, her wonderful husband. When she is not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history and puttering in her garden.

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