Fresh Face Friday: Never Had a Dream Come True by Jennifer Wenn

Happy Friday!  I hope all of you have had a great week but if you haven’t I hope you are looking forward to a great weekend.  I am starting your weekend off with a fabulous regency romance by Jennifer Wenn.  Never Had a Dream Come True  is the second book by Jennifer Wenn.  If you read her first book A Family Affair you will see some familiar faces.  That being said you can read this as a standalone also.  So, if I have caught your fancy with this intro keep reading after the book blurb for my full review.  I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

18459170Book Blurb:

Lady Penelope de Vere has been in love with Rake for as long as she can remember, daydreaming over him constantly. But as her debut in the ton comes closer, she decides to finally let go of her silly childhood dream and accept someone else’s wish to court her, someone who appreciates a quiet, book-filled life as she does. She wants marriage and, despite all the hints she throws his way, Rake only wants a mistress…she thinks.

Lord Richard Darling has known Penny since she was a child and not once thought of her as anything but his niece’s best friend and a very convenient scone-fetcher. That is, not until he happens upon her swimming in the lake at Chester Park dressed only in her thin chemise. A most eligible bachelor with a libertine reputation, he suddenly finds the girl he’s always appreciated has turned into a woman he could love forever. So why won’t she accept his proposal?

Review:

Penny has been in love with Rake for her whole life.  Rake has looked at Penny like a little sister until he caught her swimming and he realized what a woman she has grown to become.  Once Penny realizes that Rake is now interested in her she knows she must guard her heart against the well-known womanizer.  Rake doesn’t give up easily.  Even after Penny agrees to court a more sensible man she is still madly in love with Rake and knows she always will.  Penny must decide whether she wants the life she has always dreamt of or a much more sensible one.

I really liked this book.  It was a quick read and my two favorite characters from A Family Affair are back with their own story.  Penny and Rake are well written and become very intense once things start heating up.  The story and the ill-mannered way that Penny is treated by her own family adds a bit of intrigue to a typical Regency Romance.  Though this may ring as a typical Regency romance I find that Jennifer Wenn’s characters and story-lines are still catching and draw in the reader.  This is the second book with these characters but you don’t have to read them in a series.  I suggest you do because both are great stories.  Overall, this is another winner by Jennifer Wenn.

Coffee and a Review with A Family Affair by Jennifer Wenn

imagesI know today’s post is late today, but I figure you can have your coffee with dessert tonight.  Today’s review is a wonderful historical romance by Jennifer Wenn, A Family Affair.  The characters are enchanting and the story is well-developed.  I truly can’t wait for the next one from Jennifer Wenn.  With this review I hope you all have a great week ahead.  Be sure to see my full review after the book blurb.

17879786Book Blurb:

Lady Francesca Darling has been in love with Devlin Ross, the Duke of Hereford, since she was five years old. When they meet again at her debutante ball she finds her feelings remain the same, and to her joy he is mesmerized by her. To the gossipy matrons of the ton it’s the perfect match—the richest heiress and the most eligible bachelor.

But can their budding love survive her interfering family and the deep scars from his father’s abuse? Enchanted as he is with the delightful woman Fanny has become, Devlin intends never to repeat that abuse, vowing not to live with his wife and children.

Fanny is a determined young lady — she wants Devlin and a true marriage. Is her love strong enough to tear down all his walls?

Review:

Fanny or Lady Francesca Darling as she is known to the ton has loved Devlin Ross since she was five.  Having figured she was already passed this she doesn’t expect to run into him at her coming out ball.  Let alone run into him on a darkened balcony.  Fanny immediately recognizes the newly returned Devlin.  She treats him as she as always treated him, like part of the family.  Devlin doesn’t recognize Fanny until her Uncle Rake catches them in a possibly compromising position.  Once he realizes who it is he can’t keep his mind or his heart away from Fanny.  But, his upbringing gives him much to pause about.  He refuses to be like his father so he devises a plan to ensure his children aren’t influenced by the evil that influenced his growing up.  So through Fanny’s family’s interfering and over protective ways, Fanny and Devlin find their way together.  But, when Fanny throws Devlin a curve ball he is forced to go through with his crazy plan.  Fanny refuses to let him get away that easily.  Can Fanny and Devlin find their way or will they both end up broken-hearted.

I adored Fanny and Devlin.  Though Fanny is like a lovesick puppy at times she is also fearless and very admirable.  Devlin on the other hand is one that changes from the beginning to the end.  It isn’t just Fanny and Devlin who make this story so memorable.  Her family is an intrigal part of the story and of her life.  They are an entity unto themselves and are very entertaining.  I can see Rake and Penny’s story coming and I can’t wait.  I think Jennifer Wenn has a really good thing going with these characters and prospective storylines.  If you’re looking for your next good historical love story I definitely suggest picking up Fanny and Devlin’s story.  You will fall in love with them along with all the other characters in Jennifer Wenn’s A Family Affair.

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