Love Unexpected by G.G. Vandagriff (Review & #Giveaway)

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Love Unexpected
(The Saunders Family Saga #1)
By G.G. Vandagriff
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 238 Pages
April 3rd 2018 by Orson Whitney Press


When the widowed Lady Marianne Deveridge is invited to spend the season in London with her friend Lady Penelope Wellingham, she has no idea that Penny and Beau have another guest: Captain Ernest Saunders, Beau’s brother. Matchmaking is definitely afoot. However, after having been married to wandering explorer, Marianne has no intention of becoming involved with a wandering sea captain.

Her first sight of Captain Saunders in all his robust masculinity brings every one of her senses to attention. She knows then that her resolve will be difficult to keep.

Almost immediately upon making the captain’s acquaintance, Marianne becomes the focus of a mysterious villain who is devising a horse racing fraud. What has she seen to endanger a deadly felon? She has no idea.

Captain Saunders makes it his business to keep Marianne safe, and the two of them are brought closer by their investigation into the dark side of horse racing. Still, she thinks she is managing to resist his charms.

It is not until her very survival is at stake that she realizes how interwoven their lives have become. Will her heart ever recover once she watches another ship put out to sea?

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My Review

LOVE UNEXPECTED is a sweet romance with a little danger and two strong characters surrounded by side characters from previous books by the author. A dashing rogue as a hero, an intelligent and beautiful woman as the heroine, and the two of them in the middle of a dangerous horse-racing plot while trying to not fall in love with each other, makes for an entertaining read. Fans of the author will love seeing prior characters and easily jump into this new story.

I'll start off by saying that it helped that I had read two of the books in this author's previous series. It isn't required to do so, but it did help quite a bit. It allowed me not to get lost in the beginning or further into the story when characters are introduced with very little background. It also allowed me to focus on the two characters whose romance this is.

I loved Earnest and Marianne from the start. I also loved that you can feel their attraction to each other and so can they. I then enjoyed the back and forth between them and how much time they ended up spending together, developing a friendship before the romance progressed. The suspense elements of the story also kept things interesting and provided some sweet moments between these two. I adored Marianne's daughter. The ending was adorable and perfect for this story.

In the end, was it what I wished for? An enjoyable story from beginning to end. Recommended to sweet historical romance readers, particularly fans of the author.

Content: Some innuendo and violence, but otherwise clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the tour host, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

Previous Series

(This is a previous series, but characters from this series
appear in this new series, so I'd recommend reading them.)

About the Author

G.G. Vandagriff is the author of twenty-four books and is an Amazon #1 Bestselling Author. The Last Waltz, the first novel in her 20th Century Historical Romance Series won the Whitney Award for Best Historical Novel in 2009. There are now two more books in that series—Exile and Defiance.

Nine of her novels are Regency romances, compared by critics to the witty novels of Georgette Heyer. She has also written a lively genealogical mystery series featuring Briggie and Alex, two whacky widows, as sleuths. Other genres she writes in include Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction, and Suspense.

GG graduated from Stanford and received her master’s degree from George Washington University. She worked as an associate editor at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, an assistant treasurer in the Harvard Treasurer’s office, a bond analyst at Fidelity Investments, and an international banker for Continental Illinois National Bank (later acquired by Bank of America).

She and her husband David are the parents of three children and six grandchildren, her greatest joys in life. Her favorite novel? Jane Eyre. She also loves Florence, Sundance Resort, The Voice, hot chocolate, lilacs, and dachshunds.

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