If you are familiar with the previous series, I am sure you fell in love with the huge family like I did.
She is a go to author for me when I need a fix of historical romance.
Tracy Cooper-Posey takes us into the staid yet surprisingly bawdy Victorian Era where appearance is everything and secrets are held inside the family.
Now she belongs to another, he realizes too late that he wants her.
Lady Annalies is the daughter of the Earl of Innesford, but rejects society. Instead, she embraces the Bohemian art world, and lives in secret with her patron and lover, Tobias. The only person who knows the truth is her cousin, Peter, who furiously resents the burden of knowing how she courts disaster for the entire family.
When sales of her paintings diminish, putting her in financial straits, Annalies turns to Peter for help, as he has always helped her in the past. Peter grasps the chance to involve himself in her life, to head off the catastrophe she flirts with every day. The entanglements increase when he realizes it is not merely the risk of ruin which draws him to her.
This book is the eleventh in the Scandalous Scions series, bringing together the members of three great families, to love and play under the gaze of the Victorian era’s moralistic, straight-laced society.
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I love this series, which takes place in the very strict moral Victorian age and this book definitely breaks many of those morals. But we also have three closely-knit families that love, understand and accept their own, where society would shun and in some cases do harm to them. We have a young woman who has chosen to live a very unconventional love and secret life. She's also a woman with talent that finally realizes she will not be held back by what this society's strict views of what a woman is capable of doing on her own merits. We have a love that is realized too late for the one he loves has chosen another and the anger he has for her acceptance in what she has chosen.
You must read this book and decide for yourself what side you chose and will the families discover the truth and accept it, or will the final outcome surprise everyone, even to the three involved. I tell you it's just an awesome story.
This is the latest installment of the Scandalous Scions series about The Great Family, who lives within the ton, but makes their own rules. Annalies is a fabulous artist, who is living scandalously with a man she is not married to. The only member of her family who is aware of the arrangement is Peter Wardel. She forces Peter to keep her secret and turns to him when her world implodes. It is a fast paced romance with lots of twists and an ending that surprised me. The characters are well developed and the story has good depth and provided lots of intrigue. Great book in a great series!
Lady Annalies is risking all for herself and possibly her family by pursuing her painting career and moving in with her patron. When financial problems occur, she turns to Peter for solutions. He has always been a sounding board for her but realizes now he has a more personal interest in her well-being.
This delightful family always breaks with the standards of early England, but now we see the personal career struggle to follow the rules of the Academy who can make or break an artist. A wonderful lesson in economics, a deepening of the relationship, and an enchanting journey to this most fascinating time as written by this author.
Risk of Ruin is the next instalment in the Scandalous Scions series. This is the story of Annalies, Peter and why not, Tobias too. The background of the story is the art world and, as a trained historian, I can't start to tell how much I liked it. It's a very precise image of the academic art world, that in the end would result in the artistic vanguards in opposition to the official art. What I liked most about Annalies is that she is strong about her decisions and living her life in her own terms, even though it could imply not only her ruin but that of her family, too. What I liked most about Peter is he finally realises that and accepts her as she is, Tobias included. And what I liked most about the ending is that none of that really matters because you can have it all... Love the series!
A female non-conformist in a Regency Romance! What a great idea! Now, what about this relationship with Peter—how will that work into the story? Can’t wait to find out!
I just love the beginning and how I felt as if I had been dropped directly into Annalies’ mind. I can really emphathize with her situation and eagerly read the story to follow the steps that this strong woman takes to achieve her dreams.
I also really admire and enjoy how Tracy Cooper Posey maintains historical accuracy in even the smallest details and how in every book she introduces me to new historical figures like James Tissot and historical events.
A must read story with a great plot, relatable characters and an ending that I did not expect but love.
Thank you Tracy Cooper Posey.
What another brilliant episode in this huge family, with an artist this time, who in my eyes broke about every rule she could to paint. Then of course love got involved. Well with an author like Tracy, we can expect nothing short of brilliant. I loved the ups & downs as well as the sad & not so sad bits.
A moving story told excellently.
Thank you Tracy once again.
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