“A Lady Unrivaled” by Roseanna M. White

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“Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile–even if it’s just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well the danger that has haunted her brother and their friend, and she won’t wait for it to strike again. She intends to take action . . . and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better.

Lord Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he’s determined to live a better life. But that proves complicated when old friends arrive on the scene and try to threaten him into a life of crime. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won’t budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her–and his daughter–from those dangerous people who seem ready to destroy them all?”

I was so excited when the third and final book in this series came out! Roseanna White is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and this book did not disappoint.

I think I saw a little of myself in Lady Ella and for that reason this story resonated with me more than the other two (though I loved them as well). Lord Cayton was also a very endearing character, and seeing his growth in grace was quite lovely not to mention the relationship with his daughter is so sweet! Oh, and he has a secret talent that nobody is supposed to know about, so guess what, I’m not gonna give it away either. You’ll have to read the book to find out what it is. 😉 It definitely adds to his charm though.

Lady Pratt is no longer the villain in this book, but is a broken woman from all the tragedy that she has experienced in the past few years. Though I had a hard time loving her or even feeling sorry for her, she did grow on me as the story progressed.

Her brother, Cris, however, is a different story. He is finally showing his true colors, and the author did a remarkable job with his character. He’s one of those that you actually wish you could like because he seems like he could be such a sweet man. Yet, you’re never sure who the real him is. Honestly, probably one of the best villain characters I’ve ever ‘met’.*shudder*

Overall, Roseanna’s character development in all of the books is exceptional, and that is one of the things that makes a really great story.

The conclusion and resolution of the Fire Eyes trilogy is quite satisfying and, as with any good author, makes you wish there was just one more book. (What happens to Lady Pratt?)

I’m giving this book 4 1/2 stars because there is a character in here who is the mistress of the another man, and even though there is absolutely nothing inappropriate that happens in the book, it still refers to the life she had with him.

*Disclaimer: I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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