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Book 3, When Hearts Dare

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"An exciting new voice in historical romance." --Anna Campbell, award?winning author of What a Duke Dares

"Monsieur Andrews, welcome to my home."

At the smoky, velvet sound, Cameron swung around. Every function in his body--heart, breath, blood ceased to function.

She was lovely. More than lovely.

Tendrils of raven hair framed a face so exquisite, it disarmed him. Her mouth, a soft, dewy pink, parted. And those eyes, as dark as Creole coffee, intelligent and assessing, roamed over him and then back to take hold of his. He needed to step closer, to stroke her skin. To possess her. But would his wealth and worldly experience be a match for the free-spirited Cajun-born widow?

Across the oceans, between worlds old and new--two lost souls find themselves at a crossroads.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 10, 2015 – Roth's third When Hearts Dare historical (after Alanna), set primarily in a thinly sketched 1857 New Orleans, thoughtfully and sometimes ponderously explores not just romantic and erotic attachments, but also the bonds of family. Cameron Andrews, still reeling from his wife's and infant's deaths two years before, discovers he has another child, 13-year-old Alexia. Widow Josette LeBlanc, Alexia's mother's sister, married a wealthy man to get out of the bayou, but in spite of her place in New Orleans she still feels isolated. With Alexia's mother long dead, Josette believes Alexia could have a better life with her father, far away from the bayou and its dangerous denizens. Cameron and Josette connect immediately, and are soon overwhelmed by passion. The story builds momentum gradually, but sympathetic characters keep readers' interest, and Roth gracefully weaves disparate threads together. The pleasure of the exploration of different kinds of love is occasionally marred by stereotypes, including an evil voudounista, and the setting lacks verisimilitude, but readers looking for more or less historical romance with a bit of spice will be satisfied.

Customer Reviews

A Terrific Early American Historical Romance!

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and has oft been said before, it won’t be the last because I loved it just that much. Ms. Roth knows how to weave a romance in and around an historical period, family feuds, dangerous action and characters, and all with excellent dialogue, local dialects/accents, sensuous scenes and wonderful humor. I am smitten by Ms. Roth’s writing, especially this romance between Josette, a “Nawlins” Creole, and Cameron, a wealthy Shipbuilder with both Creole and English backgrounds. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of her early American historical romances.

2.5 stars, rounded

2.5 stars, rounded
I’ve read this series from the beginning, always on the hunt for books that use a setting other than England or Scotland, just to mix things up. While I’ve enjoyed the journey, these aren’t perfect must reads for me. I was hoping with the New Orleans setting and a pre-civil war timeframe that this story would avoid pitfalls common in the earlier titles in the series, and do justice to the gorgeous cover.

Josette is portrayed as a strong and independent young woman, and while she had some backbone, I found the constant reminders of her independence to be far more frequent than her actual BEING that way. With a young niece who was ‘troubled’, if trouble means spoiled and willful, heedless of others than she was right on target. OK – so Alexia had her points – but the secrets and the connections that actually felt forced (voodoo priestesses, reunited crushes) had me rolling my eyes more than once. Then, you add in Josette’s brothers, and…. Nothing. They were little more than filler, and annoying filler at that.

Cameron was ok, nothing special. He’s archetypal: widowed, grieving, come to find the clue to a mystery and determined to not risk his heart. Until laying eyes on Josette. The purple-tinged descriptive phrases were rampant and over-used. Hearts leaping into throats, needing to possess, fiery independence. Fine once, but after that it becomes too much. Show me the attraction or trait, make me feel it.

The New Orleans of the mid-19th century was clearly the standout in this story. Beautifully portrayed and developed, you can feel the humidity in the air. Other moments of description are wonderfully developed and present a clear visual image, and added to the moments of enjoyment for this story. With elements and action that felt forced (a commonality in all 3 books) the story read longer than it was, and the moments of sparkle were too infrequent for me to give this an unconditional recommendation. If you enjoyed the earlier titles in this series, this will be one you will like as well.

I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Sep 29, 2015
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 448 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 3, When Hearts Dare
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