Wednesday, December 27, 2017

An Inconvenient Beauty

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HUNTER, KRISTI ANN
AN INCONVENIENT BEAUTY

Griffith, Duke of Riverton, likes order, logic, and control, so he naturally applies this rational approach to his search for a bride. While he's certain Miss Frederica St. Claire is the perfect wife for him, she is strangely elusive, and he can't seem to stop running into her stunningly beautiful cousin, Miss Isabella Breckenridge.

Isabella should be enjoying her society debut, but with her family in difficult circumstances, she has no choice but to agree to a bargain that puts her at odds with all her romantic hopes -- as well as her conscience. And the more she comes to know Griffith, the more she regrets the unpleasant obligation that presents her from any dream of a future with him.

As all Griffith's and Isabella's long-held expectations are shaken to the core, can they set aside their pride and fear long enough to claim a happily-ever-after?

My Review:

Swoonworthy Regency Alert! Dust off those fainting couches and grab your smelling salts because at long last it is the Duke of Riverton himself who is destined for romance. And what a deliciously decadent though  bittersweet read this one is. That's because An Inconvenient Beauty is the last book in the Hawthorne House series. I'm currently inconsolable over this dastardly fact. Luckily I'm still basking in the warm glow of Regency euphoria brought upon by this spectacular grande finale.

No worries if you haven't read the first three books -- this easily reads as a standalone. But, if you are a Kristi Ann Hunter fan, you will love her all the more for the exquisite details she brings to this last story. Griffith's siblings and their spouses are all present and accounted for. In fact, the author has done a tremendous job of weaving diverse personalities together in an incredible series climax.

We have Griffith, the staid duke and eldest son, burdened with leadership at a very young age, actually seeking out his younger siblings for advice. Riotous scenes with all the brothers (I'm including in-laws here) giving him such a hard time along with some sage advice on courtship. And at his most dire moments he seeks out the women in his family where his woes are spun into comedic masterpieces as all things female clearly befuddle him. I laughed and cried and raged my way through the pages of this book.

Griffith is determined that his brain will lead his heart in his quest for a wife. To this end he has spent a year -- a year! -- studying and researching a certain lady to ensure suitability. Because he firmly believes that: "By applying a little logic to the situation, he would have no problem finding love with someone who wouldn't throw his life into utter chaos and put him through complete turmoil before finding his way to happiness." (p 65)

Yeah, right, cue the chaos! And it comes in the form of his 'intended's' cousin. Conflicted and intrigued, Griffith finds himself drawn to Isabella who is the exact opposite of his 'ideal wife' candidate. Witty dialogue, heated...make that scorching...glances across a crowded ballroom and all the machinations of polite society in the early 1800s make this a Regency page-turner of the highest class.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of An Inconvenient Beauty, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday December 31 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

46 comments:

  1. Wasn't this a delicious conclusion to the Hawthorn House series? I love how Griffith thinks he has his love match all planned out only for it to go awry in so many ways, I had to seriously laugh out loud in a lot of places in the story. Poor Duke, indeed ;-)

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    1. This is probably the most stupendous conclusion to a series I've ever read. The author really delivered scrumptious delight to her readers in so many days -- laughter only being one of them. Blissful sigh followed swiftly by a melancholy one.

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  2. Oh, this sounds like a wonderful read. I haven't read anything by this author before but it sounds like an author I need to become acquainted with.
    Thank you for the chance to win.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.
    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Yes, you definitely need to become acquainted with Kristi Ann Hunter's books. I predict you will become spellbound like the rest of us. Good luck, Cindy.

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  3. This sounds so good!
    You had me at "comedic masterpieces"!
    I love a story were someone thinks they can
    control love and its outcome. Bring on the Duke!
    Thanks Kav~
    tracey14567 at gmail dot com

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    1. Then this is definitely the story for you. The poor Duke of Riverton -- he really has a time of it. :-) Good luck, Tracey.

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  4. I love this author. She has a way of making a romance seem like so much more.
    Dianna

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  5. This book was wonderful!!! I enjoyed it from beginning to end!
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    1. Yay -- another Griffith fan! Good luck, Kate.

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  6. I haven't read this series but it looks like I've been missing out! Love to read this. Thanks!
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    1. You have been missing out, rubynreba! Hope you get to catch up soon. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  7. This series is on my wish list! KAV, thank you for the great review and chance to win a copy.
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  8. Since I live in GA...must read this GA author! Love your review, Kav...please count me in. I just downloaded (free) the novella and Book #1 so I am all fired up about this author!
    Thanks!
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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    1. Yes, you must be loyal to your fellow...stateswoman? Is that the right term? And glad you're off to a good start. I haven't read the novella...sigh...that whole ebook thing. Good luck, Jackie!

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  9. What a book! I love your review, Kav! This one sounds like a must read. Love those fainting couches!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. I don't know how I'd get by without my fainting couch! Good luck, Melanie.

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  10. This sounds a great way to wrap up this series, based on your enthusiastic review! I read the second book, An Elegant Facade, and greatly enjoyed it. It is good they can all be read as stand alone but would be nice to re-visit some of the characters. Thanks!

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  11. Love her books. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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  12. This book is on my want list. I do have several others of her books. Becky lelandandbecky AT reagan DOT com

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    1. Belongs on everyone's want list! Good luck, Becky.

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  13. Ohh....have been wanting to read this one for awhile now. Thanks for the chance.

    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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  14. I really loved this series and An Inconverient Beauty was a wonderful finale to the series. Just thinking about it makes me want to read it (and the entire series) again!

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    1. Basking in the glory of a book well read! Just makes me grin thinking about it. Good luck, Pam.

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    2. Don't enter me, Kav. I have a copy!!

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    3. Oopys -- I knew that...well, it might not have registered but now it has. lol

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  15. I just love this series! No need to enter me. Just dropping in!

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    1. Glad you dropped in Annie. It's an awesome series, isn't it?

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  16. You had me at swoon worthy! LattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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  17. Although I have the previous books in this series and it's inevitable that I will eventually read it, your reviews always tip the scale in urgency. tlhcoupon(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Bwahahahaha! There are a lot of urgent-must-read-now books out there for me. Good luck, Terrill.

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  18. Looks Good I've heard of her books but haven't read any yet
    Thank You
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  19. Sounds 'interesting', thank you for the chance to win a copy.

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  20. Would love to read this one!
    smincer10(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Thank you for the chance.
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  22. Oh my! Sounds like another fantastic book by Kristi Ann Hunter, and an exciting conclusion to this series!!

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    1. I don't know how she does it but I'm sure glad she does! Good luck, agboss.

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