Wednesday, December 4, 2013

4-Star Review & $50 Gift Card Givaway: The Blacksmith's Son by Rebecca Thomas (Presented by Bewitching Book Tours)

Captain Quentin Drake returns home after his naval commission ends to find a groom being beaten in the village stables. He refuses to turn a blind eye to the lad's mistreatment and intervenes, taking the lad to his room. Only to discover the a woman.

After Ally Lockwood witnesses an earl committing murder, she fears for her life. She flees his estate and masquerades as a blacksmith’s male apprentice. Her ruse is up when a handsome stranger tending to her wounds disrobes her. Captain Drake lures Ally into believing she can return to life as a woman, but it may draw the killer back on her trail.

The Blacksmith’s Son
Rebecca Thomas

Entangled Flirt

ISBN: 9781622663798

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Sapphyria's Review:

All Al wanted to do was stop the suffering of a colt with a shattered leg when its owner, an Earl, roughs him up.  Captain Quentin Drake walks into the stables to house his own horse when he sees the Earl fling a young boy across the floor.  Intent on helping, Quentin Drake steps up and takes matters into his own hands. After the Earl walks away from the fight, Quentin scoops up the lad and takes him to the local inn to make sure he's cleaned up and fed.  Quentin takes to removing the boy's wet clothing, so they may be laundered, and so that he may attend to any wounds ~ imagine his surprise when he removes bandages from the boy's chest and has a woman's breasts staring back up at him.   As honorable as he can (after all, he is male) he cleans her up and lets her rest.  

Ally is horrified when she awakens and is naked underneath the sheets of a strange bed.  Knowing her cover is blown she now has to figure out how to get away from the handsome man sitting in the room with her.  She's afraid to tell him that she's the only witness to a murder committed by the Earl, who has spread around town that she has stolen something from his family's estate.  Ally now disguises herself as a boy to hide her identity.

The Blacksmith's Son is a really cute historical novella with a twist.  Ally is a very strong, independent woman, especially for the times.  In order to stay hidden from the Earl she hides as the local blacksmith's son, also helping with him.  She is very attracted to Captain Drake but doesn't want to get involved with anyone especially since that would totally destroy her cover.  Yet, Quentin's pursuit is relentless and he shows up at all the right times.  Ally is spunky as well as resourceful and Quentin is charming and protective; making both of them very likable.

The story flows very well and I enjoyed the author's writing style.  The author does a fantastic job of pulling the reader in and keeping them engaged in tale that's been spun.

Review Copy Courtesy Of:  Entangled Publishing, at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author:

I enjoy a love-hate relationship with Alaska, where I live with my husband and two teen-aged sons. While I struggle with some aspects of the 49th state (darkness, cold) I have grown to appreciate the unique things the last frontier has to offer (no traffic, 24 hour daylight, privacy). When I’m not reading, writing, or playing board games, I’m cheering for my sons at their hockey games and tennis matches. I write historical and contemporary romantic fiction and I’m a member of Romance Writers of America.

My first book, a historical romance, will be available on November 25, 2013.

The Blacksmith’s Son is with Entangled Publishing’s Flirt imprint.

Awards: My work has won first place in the Ignite the Flame, Emerald City Opener, Gateway to the Best, and Merritt writing contests.


Rebecca Thomas said...

Thank you for having me as a guest today, Sapphyria! I really appreciate it and thank you for the lovely review. So happy you enjoyed the book.

Sapphyria said...

You're very welcome :)