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.
They loved each other before she died. Now she can’t remember why.
Lady Eleanore Neville, sister to the Duke of Gainford, was thought to have been lost at sea. Miraculously, she was rescued, only now her life is empty of meaning. She reaches for steadily more risqué entertainment and company in an effort to find it.
Cian, Earl of Innesford and the head of the Williams family, whom the Nevilles openly despise, has loved Eleanore for years. He hovers on the edge of Eleanore’s life, helping the Duke curtail the worst of Eleanore’s excesses, despite knowing there is no hope of his beloved Ellie ever truly being his.
The delicate balance begins to unravel when Cian discovers a nude portrait of Eleanore in a public gallery and is forced to act…
Rules of Engagement is the eighth book 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.
Reader Advisory: This story contains frank sex scenes and sexual language.
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It was delightful getting to know these strong and worldly characters. Tracy Cooper-Posey has a writing style that is succinct and yet you are drawn to the personalities and their gradually revealed revelations.
They didn’t NEED each other but they had a strong bond and an understanding of each other’s quirks and foibles that make each of them a supportive friend.
The heat and sexual chemistry between these characters builds from still waters, to slow simmer and then on to steamy conflagration in a very believable way...it is Victorian times after all and the sexual simmer that boils over behind closed doors is a delicious contrast to public appearances!
As is typical of Victorian times the circumstances of others’ wishes and pressure from family had more to do with their relationship stand off than their own wishes. The story moves through the unfolding circumstances of their ongoing stalled relationship without unnecessary dramatics and yet we are drawn in, trying to figure out how there can possibly be a happy ending!
Surprises and unexpected revelations make the whole novel an interesting and delightful addition to the Scandalous Scions series.
I highly recommend each and every one of the books in this series and take great delight in revisiting family from the previous novels throughout each additional novel.
Just wow, at last these two get together in a most fascinating way, each book in this series is a compelling read, and what I love about the series is each story is complete, but still leaves you wondering and expecting what’s next.
Each book in this series leaves me with the thought "this one is by far the best one"; wrong again. The author has given us such a strong emotional story of loss by death but brought back by sheer will of strength. I will not give spoilers for I feel that would be an injustice to you, the reader. I want you to feel the despair of loss and the discovery of helpless joy and longing. You will meet characters of such strength that they believe there is no choice but to be honorable to the past. But first one of them must live life at it's fullest in order to feel "alive". Patience, protectiveness, hidden love, all this you'll read. Then "the family" will show love matters more than anything else, but our characters must also believe this. Towards the end I felt great joy, then just one chapter away I was filled with tears and sadness at choices made because of "doing the honorable thing". Tracy Cooper Posey takes us on an emotional rollercoaster ride. You MUST read this book and take the ride along with those of us that have read it. The best book in the series, or is it? Well for me, I'll know when I read the next one.
Rules of engagement is the 8th instalment in the Scandalous Scions series.This is the story of Eleanore and Cian. They've known each other for years but Eleanore lose her memories in an accident. This is the story of how two soulmates rencountered each other despite the adversities because, you know, love conquers all 😉
What I liked as well as this is a wonderfully crafted story is the fact of being able to catching up with the rest of the big family and how they've grown in their own way. This is an incredibly big series but it still amazes me how fresh it remains. You rock Tracy, can't wait for the next one!
Lady Eleanore and Cian are in love; until she is presumed lost at sea. She is rescued, but has lost all memory of Cian. As she has been betrothed since the age of three, and her family hates Cian’s family she does not allow a rekindling of their relationship. She does however search for meaning in some rather “unladylike” pursuits.
Cian continues to keep an eye on Eleanore and works to mitigate the impacts of Eleanore’s exploits. A debilitating fear, an unwelcome suitor and “worse” all bring Eleanore closer to Cian. When she spends time with his unusual family; they accept her as she is, and welcome her special skills in cricket and embrace her connection to Cian.
Family and society expectations play a bigger role than ever in this splendid story of remaining steadfast as long as there is any hope alive. The reader feels as though they are a part of this outstanding family in the Victorian era as they are immersed in this romantic story.
I just love Tracy’s exactitude when writing historical novels. The settings, customs, clothes and even actual events bring this story (and her others) to life.
The characters themselves are well thought out and their actions are consistent with their character. I found myself emphasizing with Eleanore and Cian’s predicament. And what a great resolution to their story!
This was another one of those brilliant reads you just can't wait to get to the end of. It's unbelievable to try & imagine how people had to live in times where they thought honour was the done thing to live by, but so rarely followed. Love also took its course very slowly over pen & paper then the eventual meet & it was a bang! Not like today's standards.
Then when you have what we should call the blaggards of the day who tried to ruin things for the lovers & the family behind them. I was so glad they weren't in it for too long I'd have got too angry too soon to be able to read on.
At least her brother came up trump's before having his misfortune come about him.
A real enjoyment to read Tracy, thanks for another great book.
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