Hi there my gorgeous readers! Today, I’m so excited to participated in the blog tour for Cindy Anstey’s new book Suitors and Sabotage! Why I’m I so excited you ask? Because, not only do I love historical romance, but I’ve loved all of her previous books. For further proof of my undiluted love, see my reviews for Love, Lies, and Spies and Duels and Deception.
About the Book
Suitors and Sabotage
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: April 17th 2018
Genres: Historical, Romance, Young Adult
Two young people must hide their true feelings for each other while figuring out who means them harm in this cheeky Regency romance from the author of Love, Lies and Spies and Duels & Deception.
Shy aspiring artist Imogene Chively has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father’s approval. Imogene is ambivalent about the young gentleman until he comes to visit her at the Chively estate with his younger brother in tow. When her interest is piqued, however, it is for the wrong brother.
Charming Ben Steeple has a secret: despite being an architectural apprentice, he has no drawing aptitude. When Imogene offers to teach him, Ben is soon smitten by the young lady he considers his brother’s intended.
But hiding their true feelings becomes the least of their problems when, after a series of “accidents,” it becomes apparent that someone means Ben harm. And as their affection for each other grows—despite their efforts to remain just friends—so does the danger. . .
In Suitors and Sabotage, author Cindy Anstey delivers another witty young adult historical fiction novel that is the perfect mix of sweetly romantic and action-packed.
I love Anstey’s books! Just love them to pieces. They are always a combination of sweet, innocence, mystery and the best of historical romances.
I was a bit scared going in because two brothers even liking the same woman can be very tricky, but fear not, Anstey did a wonderful job. Ernest Steeple is viewed by Imogene as a suitor, and the time they spend together as an investment to make a monumental decision to see if they could make a successful match and develop any feelings for each other. She always found Ernest to be a good friend and a good man, but not for her. On the other hand, Ben was the one that made her feel alive and brought he rout of her shyness, she could be herself with him. They fell for each other withing even meaning to.
Imogene, is a very talented artist, sweet, very shy, good to the core, but not insipid, silly or easy to fool. I really liked her, and being an introvert myself, I could identify with her quite well. Even though her family was very pushy, critical and non-supportive, she found comfort in her art and in Emily’s friendship. She’s willing to give Ernest a chance, that is, until Ben steals her heart.
Ben is Imogene’s opposite in any way, except in their love of buildings and art. He’s outgoing, easy to get along with, affectionate, and a loving brother. Ben, being the second son, is an apprentice to a famous architect, but even though he has a clear vision of design, he cannot draw it. Upon discovering Imogene’s talent, he asks her to be his teacher. This ensues a lot of opportunities for Ben, Ernest, Emily and Imogene to be together and country rules being much less strict that of London, they were able to share more time in each other’s company.
The host of characters is not big, but well developed. Emily is Imogene’s best friend and she’s more outgoing, but also very loving, practical, and a great friend. We also get to meet all the parents with their diverse quirks and personalities. I’m so happy that Emily’s family was so supportive of Imogene since she needed that parental approval from someone.
The setting of the story is in England, around Kent after Imogene and Emily’s first season in London. The summer is spent going from house to house of their closest friends and Ernest (and in turn Ben) is invited to court Imogene. The plot is simple and beside the budding romance, we have a set of incidents that take place and it seems like someone is trying to harm Ben. At first, the brothers try to think it’s all a coincidence, but Emily and Imogene know that something is very wrong. Of course, they were right at the end. I love Anstey’s writing. It’s fluid, immersed in the time period (early 1800’s), historically accurate, and so easy to read. Since I read a LOT of historical romance (specially regency), I’m quite use to the language and the pace of the story.
The only downside to the story that I can think of is that I wish for more Ben-Imogene time. To know what happened after the end. To get more romance, more conversations between them.
Overall, Suitors and Sabotage is a sweet historical romance, with a hint of mystery and a bit of tension just to keep things interesting. Cannot wait for Carols and Chaos later this year since it involves the Steeple brother indirectly 🙂
Whenever she is not sitting at the computer, throwing a ball in the backyard, gardening or reading, Cindy can be found–actually, not found–adventuring around the world with her hubby.
She has lived on three continents, had a monkey in her yard and a scorpion under her sink, dwelt among castles and canals, enjoyed the jazz of Beale St and attempted to speak French.
Cindy loves history, mystery and… a chocolate Labrador called Chester. Love, Lies and Spies is her debut novel.
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