Riveting His Attention by May Williams

Cover_Riveting His Attention

Riveting His Attention by May Williams
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (188 pgs)
Heat: Sensual
Rated: 3.5 stars
Review by Poppy

Jim Ferguson hides from his past and focuses on his future until Lady Ella Harwich rivets his attention.

Lady Ella Harwich is capricious. At least that’s what her older brother thinks. However, when it comes to Jim Ferguson, Lady Ella is quite serious. One long, lingering kiss put Jim at the center of her romantic desires and at the top of her list of suitors. And she plans to keep him there. Unfortunately, Jim wants off her list because of a secret past, a career as a shipbuilder instead of a gentleman, and his own inability to resist her. Proving her love—and his worthiness for her love—is Ella’s only way to rivet his attention.

Not your typical historical romance, Riveting His Attention is a fun read.

Ella amused me with her ratings of kisses from her season. And her diary entries at the start? Fun! Jim is the only one who made her pulse skyrocket, and she’s decided that she’s in love with him and will have him, no matter what her brother (or Jim) thinks. She goes after the prize in a single-minded fashion.

Ella was both loveable and irritating. I struggled with my feelings for her, because sometimes she just made me want to slap her. But she was never mean or nasty, just determined. And, thankfully, she does a lot of growing as the book progresses. She starts out a bit shallow, but shows increased depth by the end, and that really redeemed her for me.

I had to make concessions for the time with Jim. I understand he’s not a member of the gentry and doesn’t feel like he’s an appropriate match for Ella because of this and a secret from his past. But, clearly Ella and her family don’t feel the same (and I didn’t think his secret was *that* big an obstacle once we found out what it was). He was, at heart, a really awesome guy, and I can understand why Ella was determined to have him.

I did enjoy the bit of intrigue included with the ship and a villain. It made what could have just been a typical romance into something more and helped give Ella her time to shine.

While this story may not have been my absolute favorite, I still enjoyed the read. I like the author’s voice as well, and would be very interested in reading more of her work. I suspect readers who are big fans of historical romance would very much enjoy this book.


  1. amy bowens says:

    This sounds like an amazing book. The cover is very pretty. I’m a huge fan of historical romance and I’m always looking for something new and exciting. Thanks for sharing definitely going to add to my tbr.

  2. momjane says:

    Really good review. This sounds like a fun story to read.

  3. Rita Wray says:

    Great review, sounds like a good read.

  4. Thanks for your review. I hope you don’t mean to say the heroine is bordering on TSTL. I took a moment to read a little about this and the first book in the series at Amazon. I’m almost of the impression that I would like book one better. Guess I’ll just have to give them both.

  5. Thanks for the review and comments, everyone! FYI – the third book, Raising Her Hopes, in the series just came out.

  6. Sounds fun

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  7. Mary Preston says:

    I agree, this does sound like a fun read.


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