He thought his adventures were over...
A rogue reluctantly turned rector, Alexander Hawksworth prefers soirées to sermons and parties to prayers. Though impoverished, he seizes every opportunity to escape parish duties, preferring to hob nob with London's finest - especially after the precocious and petite Brette Culpepper arrives in Town. Alex secretly fantasizing about claiming the breathtaking beauty as his very own, and when he unexpectedly inherits an earldom, he's determined to make her his countess... Until he's accused of murdering the previous earl.
Then she burst headlong into his life...
New to Society, Brette adores the whirlwind social scene, the stream of invitations, the slightly-sensual verbal sparring with the devilishly attractive, much too witty, and oh so unsuitable Mr. Hawksworth. But her fairytale existence crashes to a halt when rumors circulate that she's a peer's illegitimate granddaughter. Even though he's left her a tidy inheritance, formerly hospitable doors slam in her face as a newly appointed guardian emerges, intent on stealing her wealth and forcing her to wed an elderly despot.
Time is against them as Alex struggles to clear his name and deliver the woman he loves from an unthinkable fate.
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You won't want to stop listening!
This is the first Collette Cameron book I've read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked it because the heroine wasn't a total ditz and she wasn't a mean girl. She was just normal. I'm getting REALLY tired of authors trying to portray strong women, but all they accomplish is writing women that no one would want to be friends with, let alone build a life with. They are just so mean! And since when is selfish a synonym for strong? Anyway...this book is not like that. Brette is relatable.
A couple of disclaimers up front: a) It is the 3rd book of a continuing series. Though it works as a stand-a-lone, it would have been much better if I'd previously read the first 2 books in the series. Also b) I received this book in audio format in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This book has 2 concurrent plots. The first is the sudden, unexpected and life changing news that Brette has received an inheritance from her natural father. So not only is she an heiress, but she is illegitimate! So her sisters are her cousins, and suddenly she is a social pariah. Her world is totally turned upside down. Brette goes on a voyage of discovery, forging new family ties and in the process making a new identify for herself.
The second running plot revolves around Alex Hawksworth the vicar, who is in love with Brette. He's never had enough money to be able to support a wife, so Brette is beyond his touch. This plot point seemed VERY weak to me. In every Regency book and movie I've ever read or seen, vicars are gentry, they receive a home provided by the parish and depending on their connections, can obtain more lucrative "livings". I find it hard to believe that Alex, with his connections, cannot obtain a lucrative enough living to support a wife. I suppose it depends on the picture he has in his head on the type of home he wants to provide and whether or not that's realistic.
Now, Alex suddenly finds himself inheriting the Earldom of Wickham due to the previous Earl dying in a house fire. There's only one problem...Alex is the #1 suspect in the murder!!
So, there are mysteries to solve: Were Brette's parent's married? Who killed the previous Lord Wickham? Who's trying to kidnap Brette? Will Alex be able to convince Brette that he loves her and she'd make a great countess?
This complicated plot could have become very disjointed, especially for a first time reader. But Collette Cameron's delicate touch kept me captivated, wanting to continuously know what happened next. I'm definitely going to go back and read the first 2 books of this series!
Brette by Collette Cameron
Delightful. Humorous. Lovely.
I would compare the character of Brette to Jane Austen's Emma.
That delicious British accent.
This audiobook was delightful! The story is lovely, as is Collette Cameron's main character, BRETTE. She reminds me a bit of Jane Austen's Emma, and not just in her desire to be a matchmaker, but in her charm, confidence, and general way she maintains control of her own life and choices. She does what she believes is the right thing for those she loves.
Alexander "Hawk" Hawksworth was also easy to admire. He claims roguish ways that he feels make him ill-suited to be a rector, but is in fact kind, humble, and quietly seeing to the needs of the class fortunate. Oh, and quite in love with the incomparable Miss Brette Culpepper, no matter her station. If only she would believe his feelings were true.
Fun love story. Great characters. Humorous dialogue. A little danger. And narrated with a delicious British accent that makes it just so much more authentic and enjoyable. 4.5 stars
~Complimentary audiobook received from a giveaway. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.