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These days very rarely you come across a book that deserves 5 stars and this is one of them. This is the first time I have read author's work and I am hooked. I will be reading the series now This is quite different from the ballrooms for you have smuggling and beautiful Cornwall described here. The story is well narrated and keeps you engaged throughout. It starts with Julia and her family. Her father, a bookshop owner comes into inheritance and gambles it away to Sebastian. Seb is the second son of Marquess who has returned from Royal navy after resigning his commission. His parents have died. His brother after creating loads of debts exiled himself to Italy forcing him to look around for revenue. Julia appeals to his good nature to release her father's debts. Julia is fiesty outspoken, matured woman . He is instantly attracted to her but decides he should have docile wife whom he can leave behind while making fortune and clearing debts. He agrees to let go of the house in return of marrying with Julia's sister . Her sister refuses marriage to Julia as she believes Sebastian is indeed Lord satan. So Julia takes her place and they get married in deception. Then begins their journey to Cornwall as it is the only place that is left for him now to seek a fortune. They also try to come in terms of their deceptive marriage. We have previous characters appearing in the story along with his sister Isabella. To restore his fortune, he resorts to smuggling, what follows is interesting story. No spoilers here. The book does contain steamy scenes so those looking for clean read should stay away.overall recommended read
Can a naval officer find love w/ an independent, spirited, head strong woman? Julia determined to protect her mother & sister Sarah from there father's gambling addiction that leads to his death. He gambled away their home to Lord Sebastian better known as Lord Satan. Julia trying to appeal to him to not throw her family out. Lord Sebastian Trevarre has recently resigned his Naval commission to come back to his home in England to follow his dream that he started with his mother prior to her death of horse breeding Hampshire. Unfortunately, upon returning home he finds out that the Marquess his older brother George has gambled away the bulk of the family fortune to survive his exile to Italy. Lord Sebastian has to move forward & find a way to rebuild the family fortune fast? Sebastian’s only way of getting his hands on a substantial large amount of money in a short period of time is to use his own skills at cards at the same gambling tables that destroyed his brother. Once he gets the fortune back on track, he can build his horse breeding business. While Sebastian is doing well in winning at the gambling tables. It’s not going well for his fellow opponent Mr. Faircloth in particular happens to be the father of Julia & Sara Faircloth. Lady Julia is the one that oversees everything in the family household. When the family knows that their father has been losing the family fortune they inherited. The family tries everything they can to keep their father on the Estate instead of going to the gambling tables. But it doesn’t stop him. When Lady Julia finds an IOU in her father’s coat pocket. She decides to be headstrong & go to Lord Sebastian Trevarre estate to convince him not to gamble with her father. Lord Sebastian doesn’t listen to Julia, but he does attempt to offer Mr. Faircloth to back out of their game. Unfortunately, his gambling addiction to the cards doesn’t want to listen to the subtle suggestion to stop playing. Instead, Lady Julia’s father gives away everything. Including their estate Turban & his beloved bookstore. When he realizes his shame & destruction, he decides to commit suicide. When Lord Sebastian hears what Mr. Faircloth has done due to his public loss & shame. Sebastian offers to marry Julia’s younger sister Sara because he believes she will be more suitable in the role of the docile wife who will allow him to do exactly as he wants without challenge or interference.
Sara is in love with another as well as being timid, shy & intimidated by the Lord. She doesn’t want to marry him, but Sara will obey her mother & do her duty for the family. Get a title & they can stay on their estate that Lord Sabastian owns. Julia, knowing her sister could never cope with a man like Sebastian, decides it’s down to her to find a way to keep a roof over her family’s head & prevent Sara having to marry a rouge who will make her miserable.
Until Julia comes up with a plan that only the sisters know. She will take the place of the bride to be-Sara. She will trick Lord Sebastian into thinking he is marrying one sister. When in fact he will be married to another. Lord Sebastian is not happy with the deception that Lady Julia & her family has pulled over his eyes. But not for the reasons we might think? These two have unique undercurrent attraction for one another the moment they meet.
Though Lord Sabastian is left with a crumbing estate that was owned by his mother’s family in Cornwall, He wants to get home to the main estate to start his horse breeding business. Unfortunately, when the newlyweds arrive at Trevarre House in London Lord Sebastian learns the full extent of his brother’s gambling. He has gambled away the family fortune & sold off almost all of the family’s property to live the life of privilege in Italy. Except the estate that their mother’s family own in Cornwall. Plus, the solicitor has some jewelry that Sebastian’s mother left for him.
Sebastian takes Julia to the family’s dilapidated estate off the coast of Cornwall. While getting to know the village Sabastian realizes that the Salt tax has cost more than the residents can pay. Which effects people’s fish, if not preserved in salt. Which is why Lord Sebastian is planning to make his village prosperous again. With the help of Viscount Tristian how he has grown up with.
Julia quickly falls in love with Cornwall’s countryside, its residents; & the village feels the same way about Lady Julia & they think Lord Sabastian is lucky to have a woman like Julia. The story really gets interesting after Sebastian realizes that holding back his secret identity as the pirate & being a smuggler could get both the village & Julia into trouble. Sebastian’s plans go awry when an English tax collector a man that wanted to marry Julia lays a trap for Sebastian & his crew when they attempt to do one big score. But when Julia finds out her husband could be in danger. She attempts to warn him to get injured trying to save them. The scene on the beach is truly heartwarming & Sebastian what is truly important. That making his wife & his mother’s family estate a success.
Can two people with an arranged marriage find love.Forced to Cornwall and a disrepaired home due to his brothers gambling debts,what kind of life can they have.Cornwall has a history of smugglers along its coast. Will this help them decide this is the right place for them.
This book started out different than I thought it would but it kept me entertained the whole way through and I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the way the author brought out the stronger characters in each of the characters in the story.
Julia is the opinionated, outspoken and determined daughter that ties to run her family. Unfortunately her good hearted father is a terrible gambler who loses his estate to Sebastia a second son who knows the repercussions of gambling all too well. Julia goes to Sebastian to try to get him to forgive her father's debts. They end up together and their story is funny and very entertaining.
I have mixed feelings about Cynthia Wright's books. She's a good writer who has interesting characters in her stories. But, because some were originally written during the 1970's, there are happenings in the storylines relative to her male characters who often came across as ultra-macho types who behaved in ways many readers don't consider fitting nowadays.
But, there's one thing I can say for Ms. Wright: Once she recognized that some of the parts of her stories were considered "socially outdated" to many readers, she has often gone out of her way to re-write some parts of "some" of the books so that they are more acceptable to her audience. I have respect for her for efforts in going above and beyond to keep her stories relevant. Once in awhile she has commented below reviews in a very nice way that a book has been updated. She doesn't complain about the reviews that are posted, but simply lets readers know she's doing what she can to make her stories more acceptable to those of us among her audience who love many parts of her stories "except for.... whatever." So, if you have complaints about some of her male characters' behavioral issues, there could be an updated book out there wherein that sexy man has improved in how he treats his ladies. Check it out. Enough about that and on to my review.
I read "Smuggler's Moon" and although I thought the first few pages came across a bit like a farce, eventually I began to see the story for what it was and became very invested in the characters - the sexy beyond measure Lord Sebastian Trevarre and the feisty, Julia Faircloth.
Both Sebastian and Julia have been unfortunate enough to have their financial situations affected by family members' gambling problems. Sebastian by his brother and Julia by her father. When Sebastian wins Julia's family home after her father gambles it away, he decides he doesn't want to give up the home - after all, he's hurting financially also. Instead, he needs a wife so he will marry the beautiful sister, Sarah, and the family can continue to live in the home, while he removes himself and Sarah to one of his rundown family properties in an effort to reclaim his prize horses his wastrel brother sold and eventually set up a horse stud.
But... Sarah's a chicken-hearted female and is afraid to marry "Lord Satan." Julia, however, has been accustomed to looking out and accommodating the weaknesses of her family members to the point she's grown a little bit (a lot) manipulative and controlling. "Don't worry," she says to Sarah, "We'll turn down the lighting, I'll wear a huge bonnet and I'll stand in for you during the marriage ceremony and I. Will. Marry. Him."
Laugh Out Loud. Sebastian has already had some run-ins with Julia and wants nothing to do with her - certainly not marriage. Well, he is attracted to her physically, but he wants a calm, obedient, wife. When he realizes who he has married, the fat is in the fire. But, of course we know it will all work out and we'll have a lot of fun along the way as we see where the story takes them.
As soon as the wedding is over, Sebastian takes Julia to Cornwell where he has big plans to make money as a smuggler - just enough smuggling runs to be able to get some funds to buy back those darn horses. Question is? What will the interfering Julia do when she realizes he's putting his life on the line. Fun stuff.
We're able to catch up with Andre Raveneau and Devon - the two individuals who were the primary characters in the first book in the Beauvisage & Raveneau Books. We get to see the continuing unfolding of matters in their lives, including a truth that comes to light in this book. I loved the manner in which Ms. Wright brought out this truth. Strong men are not afraid to cry - no indeed. Please see the following book list if you want to read this series in order per Ms. Wright's recommendation:
Silver Storm (Rakes & Rebels Book 1) Caroline (Rakes & Rebels Book 2) Touch the Sun (Rakes & Rebels Book 3) Spring Fires (Rakes & Rebels Book 4) Smuggler's Moon (Rakes & Rebels Book 5) Surrender the Stars (Rakes & Rebels Book 6) Her Dangerous Viscount (Rakes & Rebels Book 7) His Reckless Bargain (Rakes & Rebels Book 8) (formerly titled "Silver Sea") Tempest (Rakes & Rebels Book 9)
Originally Reviewed For: Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy
Smuggler's Moon takes place after Spring Fires and before Surrender the Stars.. we see Devon and Andre as parents but to children not grown adults. I'm not sure why, I just think Cindy likes that era..
Julia Fairchild is the only rational adult in her family, maybe the only rational member at all, that remains to be seen.. She has been taking care of the basics from a very young age as her parents seem unable to handle basic day to day life. But then her father had a purpose and now that he's inherited a home and a nice annuity one would think life would get just a little better. But nope, now it seems he has a need to gamble it away.. honestly just when life had a chance of being interesting. When he is found dead Julia is mortified to discover that Lord "Satan" AKA Lord Sebastian Trevarre has managed to win everything. The family is stranded, desperate and willing to sell of a daughter to make things better. Sebastian thinks he wants sweet sister Sarah but Julia knows that will never work. So she sacrifices all and marries him herself.
Lord Sebastian Trevarre is trying to discover how his scapegrace of a brother has managed to lose everything. A game of cards or two hundred it seems. Just returned from six years in the Navy, Sebastian has nothing. No estate that was promised him, no money and worse all of his prized breeding stock has been sold off. To say he is furious would be putting it mildly. But he has a plan.. if only that Julia Fairchild would leave him alone and stay out of his mind. Is it his fault her father insisted on that last bet? That money could send Sebastian back to the world he was born in. But for some reason Sebastian feels for the Fairchild family and offers a proposition. Let him marry meek and mild Miss Sarah and the rest of the family can stay in their home, he'll even give them an allowance. Perfect! Right? *rolls eyes* men can be so dense. Fortunately for him Julia has a plan...
In typical Wright fashion the heroine has a plan.. and it's not as insane as some of the other "plans" that her heroines have come up with. All she has to do is marry Sebastian herself.. and of course get him to accept that marriage rather than annul it. The plan is a bit simplistic and makes Sebastian look a little dimwitted but.. she did manage to get him plenty drunk so it works. Of course once married that's not the end of things.. Nope it seems like they are not only totally without funds but brother dear also sold off the London Townhouse.. to the Raveneaus, old friends of his mother's. Now the only place they have left to live is in a drafty, run down estate in Cornwall. A Place Sebastian hates..
Yet together they manage to collect an assortment of friends and create a life worth living. Working separately but eventually finding their way to each other.. When reality slaps them both upside the head. A sweet story, lacking the darkness that is in, in today's regency romances. This book gives hope.. it is romance pure and simple.. and it doesn't hurt that we see dear friends in the process.
Another name that might be familiar is St Briac.. yeppers.. Thomas' descendants play a part and they have that Mardouet swagger that I fell in love with. I was worried about timing and how she was going to play this out. Worry not, Cindy gave them a perfect history.
So.. what did I really think of this book? For those Wright lovers out there Cindy has managed to grow into today's writing expectations without losing the thing that makes it a work by Wright. A grown up Cynthia Wright book! I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to many more books from her.
This review is based on the ARC of Smuggler's Moon, provided by Ms Wright for an honest opinion.