Compromising Willa by Diana Quincy
The Accidental Peers Series #3
Publication Date: 9 December 2013
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
Page Count: 267
Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope is ruined and everyone knows it. Back in Town for the first season since her downfall, Willa plans to remain firmly on the shelf, assuming only fortune hunters will want her now. Instead she focuses on her unique tea blends, secretly supporting a coffee house which employs poor women and children. If her clandestine involvement in trade is discovered, she'll be ruined. Again.
No one is more shocked by Willa's lack of quality suitors than the newly minted Duke of Hartwell. Having just returned from India, the dark duke is instantly attracted to the mysterious wallflower. His pursuit is hampered by the ruthless Earl of Bellingham, who once jilted Willa and is now determined to reclaim her.
Caught between the clash of two powerful men, a furious Willa refuses to concede her independence to save her reputation. But will she compromise her heart?
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RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars
Compromising Willa is the third book in The Accidental Peers series but I have no trouble reading it as a stand-alone at all. In fact, I find Compromising Willa to be a smooth and enjoyable read. It is also a page turner that had me finish reading it in one morning.
Augustus Manning was introduced in the first page and learned of how he came to be the new Earl of Bellingham. Next came Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope and a hint of her past with Augustus Manning. The two had a conversation which was overheard by Duke of Hartwell. How interesting! One will never know how the story will progress from here on unless the person reads the book!
It's amazing how one can come to dislike a character immensely and yet like the other so endearingly. Augustus was a mean man! Although he seemed to be a fine candidate for Willa but he quickly proved otherwise. He paled in contrast to dearest Hart (Duke of Hartwell)! Hart didn't care about Willa's past scandal but his jealously did cause some hurt. His jealousy was justifiable because of his good intentions towards Willa and that made me like him so much!
Our Willa was one strong and independent character who was left on the shelf but that didn't stop her from doing what she wanted. She was content with what she has and was open to spinsterhood until Hart came along. She's special and even dared to contradict and refused pursuit of a Duke! How interesting!
I like Quincy's style of writing--reading the story was easy and the whole plot flows smoothly. The length of the story was just right--not too long and not too short--and I had a good time reading it. I would recommend the book to anyone interested in Regency romance!
1 Paperback of Tempting Bella, 1 tin of Compromising Willa Custom Tea, and a $10 Starbucks Gift Card!
3 eBooks of Compromising Willa International
About the author
Diana Quincy is an award-winning former television journalist who decided she'd rather make up stories where a happy ending is always guaranteed.
Fans of Madeline Hunter, Lisa Kleypas and Sabrina Jeffries will love her Regency world of dashing dukes, irresistible rogues and the headstrong, determined women who capture their hearts. New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes says SEDUCING CHARLOTTE is "Sweet, steamy, and thoroughly enjoyable...Equal parts action, passion and fun."
Growing up as a foreign service brat, Diana lived in many countries and is now settled in Virginia with her husband and two sons. When not bent over her laptop or trying to keep up with laundry, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and dreams of traveling much more than her current schedule (and budget) allows. Diana loves to hear from readers. You can follow her on Twitter @Diana_Quincy or visit her website at www.dianaquincy.com
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