Friday, May 10, 2013

Review: His Yankee Bride by Rose Gordon

His Yankee Bride
by Rose Gordon
Series: Banks Brothers Brides #2
Publisher: TALC
Publication date: September 27, 2012
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
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At nineteen John Banks decides to board a ship bound for America—oblivious of who he'll find when he arrives. Having grown up on a large indigo plantation, the expressive and possibly overdramatic, Carolina Ellis can hardly wait to see what the gentlemen of Charleston will be like. But alas, they were not what she'd been hoping for. Ball after ball and dance after dance, Carolina is disappointed time and again. Then she sees him...Boston and Philadelphia held no appeal to John, so on a suggestion from a friend, he headed south to the booming town of Charleston, South Carolina. Not meaning to become the center of attention, John becomes exactly that when he walks right into the largest social event of the year dressed like nothing more than a poor drifter. So what is a penniless man to do when in such a situation? The only thing he can do: rely on his sense of humor to extinguish the tension. Immediately, Carolina takes a shine to this unusual man and his equally unusual humor and is determined she will do whatever it takes to marry him—Southern aristocracy be damned.
I have always been drawn to tales that take place in early American history and Rose Gordon takes us on a tale to Charleston and introduces us to the funniest heroine I have ever met and the poor English chap she sets her sights on. His Yankee Bride was a delightful, hilarious romance that is sure to entertain. I did not real the first book in this series, but each book contains a new couple.

The tale begins when we meet John Banks the third son of a Baron, who does not want to enter the military or be a barrister so he decides to become a clergyman. At only nineteen he is feeling restless and his brother encourages him to travel before settling down. Carolina Ellis is the daughter of an Indigo plantation owner and is visiting Charleston with her mother in the hopes of finding a husband. She finds the men of Charleston to be boring and life as a plantation wife does not appeal to her. When John arrives at a large social event dressed like a British drifter she is immediately drawn to him and sets her sights on him. John has already decided he wants a meek and modest wife and Carolina is anything but! The tale that unfolds was hilarious as Carolina relentlessly pursues John.

Carolina is unique, sweet, bold and downright hilarious in her pursuit of John. I almost felt sorry for this young, naïve man. The interaction between them had me giggling as Carolina sought the advice of her friend, brother and the slave who treats her better than her opinionated mother. Gordon skillfully weaved in characters of the period with their opinions and southern ways them feel both original and fleshed out.

While the tale focuses on Carolina’s pursuit of John, the author gives us a strong sense of the political climate, life on a plantation in the south and slavery.  The tale has a delightful pace as the romance slowly builds and we get a few steamy scenes. The romance itself felt genuine even with Carolina’s outlandish comments to John. She tell him he wants to marry her he just doesn’t know it! John admits he is attracted to her but not as a vicar’s wife. There is a little heat, a little scandal and a whole lot of laughter. What works regarding Carolina is that she is genuine, has a pure heart and you cannot help but embrace her. I quickly consumed this and enjoyed myself immensely 

Fans of Regency and historical romances that are heavy on the sweet, with a little heat will enjoy His Yankee Bride and the Banks Brother’s Bride series.

Three and half cups of British coffee out of five
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36 Comments:

At July 17, 2013 at 10:07 PM , Anonymous Barbara Walker said...

Ooh, the scandalous hussy is showing her legs and above the knees too! That dress...swoon. I'm so glad you enjoyed this - I love historical romance authors who give their characters fabulous senses of humor. This sounds cute. Great review, chica!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:12 PM , Anonymous Aurian said...

This sounds like fun! Thanks for the great review Kim.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:32 PM , Anonymous Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh I haven't read too many historical romance set in this time period. Plus, she was funny? Total WIN! So needing to add this one to the wishlist! That list is huge!! :D

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:53 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ha...no pretty sure I meant tea..we Americans love it, but of course I always keep tea, and energy drinks on hand for all of my peeps!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:53 PM , Anonymous Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...

I love tea! "Robin" (my daughter) and I often have tea in the afternoon, and I read to her. (Yes, even now that she's college-age.) It's one of the best parts of our day.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Sadly there are not a lot of them but this was funny!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM , Anonymous Ana said...

This sounds good and funny! I do like romance with humour. :) I think I'll pick this up sometime. :D

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

it was funny, she is so outspoken and innocent, I quite enjoyed it.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM , Anonymous Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...

Sounds fun as well as funny! And it's nice to see a historical that isn't a British regency (much as I love those.) But surely you meant 3 1/2 cups of tea! ;-)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM , Anonymous Trish Hannon said...

Oh! look I can comment on my computer here for the first time ever! Yay! Sounds fun, I love historical novels and they are not often fun so I love that this one sounds witty.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Yeah, so glad you could! This was sweet and fun!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous Christy (Love of Books) said...

You know what? You're on!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Sweet!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ok, when you do I get to pick it!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

You are welcome Aurian this was fun!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous candacerobinson said...

Well I love a hilarious leading lady! I would read this for that alone! It sounds like a delightful read!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Agreed, thanks Candace!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous Anna@herding cats said...

I've got this series on my tbr list. I love a heroine like that and the mixing of American and British characters. Those are always so entertaining.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Agreed, this was short ,sweet and funny

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous Heidi said...

The cover whore in me would read this just because I like the cover. Glad that it proved to fun as well. Oh boy some more challenges. I have got to try and make time on Saturday. My company leaves Monday morning and I really need to dig out. So behind on blogging!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I feel you, hope you are enjoying their company though!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous Christy (Love of Books) said...

I love that dress she has on! I'm behind on blogging too (I see Heidi's comment). I'm starting to almost get behind and I'm not liking that. Anyway, one of these days I'll read one of historical romances you like so much.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous Blodeuedd said...

Lalala, sounds cute, and I do not know why I wrote the lalala

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

lalala...your singing cause its FRIDAY!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous kindlemom1 said...

I think this is one that I would really like! I love this time in our history as well and lets face it, the clothing was gorgeous, maybe not comfortable but gorgeous!
I love that the heroine is feisty and funny. I think I would like her.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

yes life was hard then, and everything had to be made from scratch!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

that is so sweet Jenea:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous brandileigh2003 said...

Caroline being sweet and bold is my kind of character and I liek the sound of John

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

She was funny, smart and I enjoyed her.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous Turning the Pages said...

I love a good historical romance. It's my go to genre and always has been. I'm going to have to check this series out. Great review!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

This was fun, and i do like the setting.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

*passes you a cup of coffee and a iced cake*

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous A Belle's Tales said...

I love this cover - that dress is gorgeous! This sounds really good, Kimba; and I love a funny heroine. Awesome review, my dear! Have a great weekend <3

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

It was a cute, easy read that made me giggle

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous Lauren said...

The funniest heroine you've ever met? I have to meet her! :-) I love the occasional Regency, so this will be on my radar for future. Fabulous review!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

she was so outspoken, but totally honest which was hilarious.

 

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