Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Most to Lose by Laura Landon

The Most to LoseHistorical Romance
The Most to Lose is the second book by Laura Landon that I have read. I enjoyed the first one and when another came up on Amazon Vine. I did not hesitate to ask for a copy.
Here is the Amazon summary:
“Some day, when you have the most to lose…I’ll take it all.”
Jonah Armstrong, Earl of Haywood, and the Duke of Hadleigh were best friends until a scandal involving Hadleigh’s fiancĂ©e destroyed their friendship. Three years later, Jonah returns from the Crimea as a war hero and London’s most eligible bachelor, setting the gossip afire and fanning Hadleigh’s long-simmering rage into an inferno. Hadleigh has not forgotten his old friend’s betrayal, and now that Jonah has returned, he will take his revenge. 

Lady Cecelia Randolph has loved Jonah Armstrong for as long as she can remember. The moment they share a passionate kiss, she dares to hope that he feels the same for her and that his attention is driven by more than his desire to taunt her brother or his desperation for her dowry. It isn’t until Hadleigh’s quest for vengeance nearly destroys her that she realizes that Jonah loves her enough to risk everything to protect her.
 The Most to Lose has a very interesting plot.  I really did not see how some of the problems would be resolved.  Of course, I knew there had to be a solution if there was to be a HEA.  I did wonder why the two who knew the truth about one of the characters waited so long to reveal it.
I liked both Jonah Armstrong, the Earl of Haywood, and Lady Cecilia Randolph.  Jonah is a character with a lot of strength and a strong sense of fair play.  Cecilia believes the best of the people around her, is very plain spoken and does not see what a wonderful person she is.  Cecilia’s brother, the Duke of Hadleigh, is an ass.  He is driven by anger and will do anything to get revenge for what he thinks is a past wrong.  Cecilia’s good friend, Lady Amanda Radburn, is as outspoken as Cecilia and loves to take potshots at Hadleigh.  The dialog between the four characters keeps the story moving. 
 The Most to Lose is a good well-written and fast paced historical romance.  I did have to suspend disbelief part of the time but it is fiction so it did not impede my enjoyment of the story.
Montlake Romance published The Most to Lose by Laura Landon in 2012.

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