Reviewer: Kimberly Stephens
Title: Julian's Reckless Liaisons
Author: Kayleigh Jamison
Publisher: Black Lyon Publishing
Release Date: March 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: Regency London
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Suggested and Minimal
Kayleigh's Website: www.kayleighjamison.net
Reckless Liaisons wastes no time bringing the reader into the action. In the opening pages the heroine, Julia, is fleeing London dressed as a servant boy. She's running from a monster towards freedom on her grandfather’s estate in Scotland. Yet, like most hastily hatched plans, this one does not work out as planned. Very quickly, Julia finds herself in trouble! Lucky for her, she literally lands in the rose bush of Sebastian Cade, Duke of Rutland. Immediately upon spotting Julia in his rosebush, something inside Sebastian is awakened. As with most romances, the road to happiness for Julia and Sebastian will not be easy.
While Julia is running from an unwanted marriage partner, Sebastian is hiding from his past. He's started rumors about his own health in London, and living in a self-imposed banishment. In order for Sebastian and Julia to be happy, Sebastian will have to forgive himself. Yet, in a sick twist of fate, just as Sebastian starts to believe that he can let go of his past, he discovers that Julia's fiancé is his bitter enemy, the very person who is in part responsible for the events leading up to his self-imposed banishment. It seems that both Sebastian and Julia are going to give up there one chance at happiness because of the secrets of the past.
In this well written book, there is a secondary cast of characters that definitely have the ability to make a great series! There is Julia’s fiancé, who is the stereotypical villain; he's easy to hate and easy to be afraid of. He evokes strong emotion in the reader, and it's very easy to see why any women would run from him. The other villain is Julia's alcoholic father, he has basically sold his daughter to be rid of his gambling debts. He has no regard for her safety or happiness, and is clearly using her as the prize for the highest bidder. Sebastian has two siblings, who add some depth to the plot and great insight into the inner workings of Sebastian’s character. They also remind you of the goodness of family, and make you believe in Julia and Sebastian even more.
Reckless Liaisons is a book about love in its truest form, there are some great lovemaking moments in this book, but very tastefully written. It truly is a love story. This is definitely a book that I would recommend because it's a simple story about good vs. evil, with the good guys winning in the end. It's a story with imperfect characters that pull at your heart because you can recognize yourself in them. Quite simply it reminded me of the ups and downs of falling in love and how our insecurities can get the best of us. She also reminds us that anything worth having is worth fighting for, and that without love we have nothing, with love we have it all.
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