A Pefect Plan (Wiltshire Chronicles #1)
By: Alyssa Drake
Rating: 4 stars
Blurb: Samantha Hastings lived a quiet, peaceful life on her family’s country estate. With no man to order her around and no stifling society rules to follow, she considered herself blessed. However, when her brother’s ship sinks during a short trip to France, Samantha receives a request from her sister-in-law to return to town and manage the late Earl’s finances. Suddenly thrust into society, Samantha faces an unfamiliar world and a pair of very familiar green eyes.
Lord Benjamin Westwood never intended on following through with his rash promise to his best friend. Now, with Edward’s death, Benjamin becomes the unwilling guardian to Edward’s bratty little sister, who has grown up considerably since the last time they met. His intention to marry her off to the first available suitor is thwarted when he finds himself falling for Samantha’s unique demeanor. He lights upon the perfect plan; a marriage of convenience, giving him the opportunity to romance Samantha without distraction.
However, when they discover Edward’s disappearance was due to foul play, Benjamin’s perfect plan begins to quickly unravel. Now, Samantha is in more danger than either of them realized and Benjamin is running out of time.
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**Disclaimer** I received a digital ARC from the author, Alyssa Drake, in exchange for an honest review. The views and opinions that I have expressed here are solely my own and are in no way a representation of the views and/or opinions of the author, publisher, and/or distributor.
Before I begin I would like to point out how awesome this author is! I’m not one for historical romance, but this book is so much more than that! It was suspenseful and at times left me wondering and wanting more. Alyssa sure knows how to leave a reader scratching their head and holding their heart!
The overall writing style and flow of the story was good and everything, including the characters, was well developed. I loved how eloquently Alyssa brought this novel to life. She has a very special way of describing things and the chemistry between the main characters is easily seen. I loved Samantha; I connected with her instantly. She is a woman who knows her own mind and I love that about her. Lord Benjamin’s reputation isn’t the best and never wants to marry, but he’s put in a situation where he has to in order to keep his lifestyle. The characters fit each other perfectly and I loved watching their relationship progress! Their witty banter and the back-and-forth word battles between them prove just how hot they’ll burn once together.
Even with this being a romance it is still a mystery as well. I loved trying to figure out the 11-year old murder and how Samantha will come to survive it. This book does have a semi-cliffhanger so beware, but I promise it is so worth it!
Get to know Alyssa Drake:
(taken from Alyssa’s website)
Award winning author Alyssa Drake has been creating stories since she could read, preferring to construct her own bedtime tales instead of reading the titles in her bookshelves. Enraptured with all types of writing, Alyssa has tried her hand at short stories, collaborations and poetry. However, her first love has always been books. She thoroughly enjoys strong heroines and often laughs aloud when visualizing conversations between her characters.
Alyssa graduated from the University of the Pacific, with a B.S. in business and a concentration in French literature. Currently she resides in Northern California with her blended family, where she works full-time at a chocolate factory.
She believes everyone is motivated by love of someone or something. One of her favorite diversions is fabricating stories about strangers surrounding her in her mobile author cave (public transportation). Alyssa can often be found madly scribbling notes on a train or daydreaming out the window as the scenery whips past.
An Imperfect Engagement, Alyssa’ sophomore novel, is the follow-up to her debut novel, A Perfect Plan (which won Obsessed by Book’s 2016 Indie Award for Best Historical Read). Both novels are historical romantic suspense (love & murder in 1850’s England).
Alyssa is expanding into Paranormal/Fairytale romance and has three upcoming anthologies in that genre.