Monday, February 9, 2015

Review: Only Enchanting (The Survivors' Club #4) by Mary Balogh

Blurb from Goodreads:
The Survivors' Club: Six men and one woman, all wounded in the Napoleonic Wars, their friendship forged during their recovery at Penderris Hall in Cornwall. Now, in the fourth novel of the Survivors' Club series, Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, has left this refuge to find his own salvation—in the love of a most unsuspecting woman…

Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, was devastated by his fiancée’s desertion after his return home. Now the woman who broke his heart is back—and everyone is eager to revive their engagement. Except Flavian, who, in a panic, runs straight into the arms of a most sensible yet enchanting young woman.

Agnes Keeping has never been in love—and never wishes to be. But then she meets the charismatic Flavian, and suddenly Agnes falls so foolishly and so deeply that she agrees to his impetuous proposal of marriage.

When Agnes discovers that the proposal is only to avenge his former love, she’s determined to flee. But Flavian has no intention of letting his new bride go, especially now that he too has fallen so passionately and so unexpectedly in love.
My Review:
If you are a fan of regency romances and haven't read anything from Mary Balogh, you are missing out!  She is definitely the queen of regency romances and the Survivors' Club series is awesome!  My favorite series by her is the Bedwyn Saga (although the Huxtable Quintet is a close second).  Only Enchanting is the fourth book in the the Survivors' Club series and is perhaps my favorite so far in this series.  In the book, we meet Viscount Ponsonby, who is still recovering from a head injury that has altered his personality and stripped him of many of his memories.  Although he is great recovered from the war, Mary Balogh did an amazing job of expressing his frustration at being unable to speak freely and being unable to remember certain events (traumatic events) in his past.  In the midst of his recovery, he visits one of his fellow survivors and meets Mrs. Agnes Keeping at a country ball.

I absolutely loved Agnes Keeping!  She is feisty but prim.  She is so, so strong and doesn't flinch in the face of the gossip lobbed at her from the ton.  I also really liked Agnes and Flavian together -- although he is surprising in his affection for her, they are explosive!  I felt the chemistry through the page and it just increased as their emotional bond grew throughout the book.  I really liked this book and have a feeling I will read it again and again.  Another great one by Mary Balogh!
She could still taste him.  She could still feel him on her lips.  Her mind was still almost numb.  That secret, feminine place inside her still throbbed.  And she knew that his kiss had been one of the most memorably glorious experiences of her life.

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