Love’s Misadventure by Cheri Champagne

Love’s Misadventure by Cheri Champagne
Publisher: Pandamoon Publishing
Genre: Historical, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (305 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Mistflower

Miss Annabel Bradley refuses to accept life as a spinster. Her many years of pouring greedily over gothic novels has put her head in the clouds; dreaming and hoping for the love she reads about. She has always held a tendre for her best friend, Lane Mason, seventh Earl of Devon, but she does not want to jeopardize their friendship by telling him about those indecent dreams of hers. Anna, therefore, makes a life-changing decision; she is going to accept the proposal of the next suitor to ask!

Lane Mason is an average aristocrat; absorbed in life in general, and content with his status in society. Amid a frequently occurring moment of self-loathing, Lane shockingly discovers his feelings for Anna. Now armed with the awareness of his love for Anna, Lane decides to perpetrate a devilishly clever scheme. He will pay actors to abduct the two of them in order to give Anna an adventure like the ones she reads in her treasured books.

Lane’s plans go awry, however, when they are kidnapped in truth.

It has been two days since I’ve finished this book and I’m still having a “book glow” from it. I find myself periodically reminiscing about the story and wanting to randomly say “Hell and Blazes!”, one of Lane’s favorite sayings.

I was wary when I read the synopsis because I thought it was going to be just another book about two childhood best friends that discovered later in life they were attracted to each other but they didn’t want to ruin their cherished and valued friendship. The author, Cheri Champagne, did an amazing job of taking an old cliché and turning it into an intriguing story.

I admit that I was thankful for the prologue because the first few pages in chapter one were quite ordinary. I pushed on because I knew it had to get better according to the prologue. By chapter two I was completely hooked. I was delighted by the fact that this novel kept getting better and better with every turn of the page and with every chapter I devoured. Little did I know just how absorbed by this story I would be. I never would have guessed that this book would rank as one of my favorite reads by the end. What a treasure Love’s Misadventure turned out to be.

I had actually refused to put the book down until I reached the ending. I really didn’t want the book to end even though it was 1 A.M. in the morning and I had to get up to work at 6 A.M. What I really want to know is, when will there be a book two in this Siblings Series? I can’t wait to read about Anna’s brother, Charles and Lane’s sister, Bridget. Of course I hope there is a guest appearance of Lane and Anna with an update of their relationship.

Lane and Anna were meant for each other. They were the perfect combination of sweet and sensual, with humor mixed in. Both were strong and confident. I enjoyed watching their relationship progress from a genuine friendship where they truly cared and respected each other to something more meaningful such as true love, even in the midst of being kidnapped. This is where the suspense/mystery takes place. I don’t want to spoil anything but let’s just say this story arc was brilliantly written. I was on the edge of my seat. I do hope that Anna’s brother, Charles can explain it more in book two.

The synopsis mentions that Anna would accept the proposal of the next suitor who would ask. Let’s just say that suitor was a well written twist in the plot. My favorite scene was at the Scarsdale masked ball. I love how the author wrapped up the role of this character at the end of the story.

The author did a wonderful job describing the setting which made me feel like I was in the room with the characters. I could smell, taste the food, visually see the room and feel the fear or excitement that was evolving with each printed word. It was as real as real can get!

I would recommend this book without any reservations. It was an excellent, high quality read with a sigh gasping happy ending. I thoroughly enjoyed falling in love with the characters and look forward to being reunited with them in book 2.

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