“Everything I want in a Regency romance: feisty heroine, broody hero with a loving heart, and some beautifully written love scenes.” – Kari Lemor, Author of the LOVE ON THE LINE Series
AN RT BOOK REVIEWS TOP PICK!
Book #1 in The Brides of Beadwell Series
An inconvenient engagement turns a marriage of convenience into so much more in this sparkling new series from award-winning author Sara Portman . . .
Lady Emmaline Shaw’s reputation was irreparably damaged when her fiancé, John Brantwood, disappeared immediately after their engagement four years ago. Since then, she’s grown from a shy, uncertain girl to a woman who knows her own mind. And what she knows is that London society holds nothing for her.
Rumor has it that John ran off to war and died in battle. Now, as the new Duke of Worley, his shocking resurrection throws the ton into a tizzy and makes him one of England’s most sought after bachelors—except that he’s already engaged.
John needs a wife capable of smoothing his beloved sister’s introduction into society. But though Emma happily grants him his freedom, her fiery beauty and resilient spirit hold him captive. In fact, John has no intention of letting her go. Her fate is now in his hands, but will her heart be safe there as well?
Portman’s debut is smart, sharp and insightful, ushering readers into a detailed historical setting, and right into the middle of an emotional and utterly rewarding romance. Portman adds extra treats with an intriguing secondary romance, and plenty of potential for the series to come, offers readers more than enough reasons to make the Brides of Beadwell a must-read.
~ RT BOOK REVIEWS, TOP PICK
I really enjoyed debut author Sara Portman’s book, The Reunion. Smart, mature characters (well, one immature side character I grew to like), a sexy hero, and a heroine who I adored. I’m impressed with this author’s voice. I love finding a new author to anticipate – and with book two and three coming out in the next two months, I have high hopes. Emma’s best friend will be the heroine in book two – can’t wait.
~ MANDI, SMEXY BOOKS
The Reunion is a wonderful romantic story that made me smile from beginning to end. Emma is a strong woman. She’s smart, resilient, fierce and outspoken. She can stand up for herself and knows what she wants. She’s exactly the kind of woman John is looking for, but he hasn’t treated her well and needs to persuade her that marrying him would be the right decision. This leads to plenty of interesting conversations and each of them is equally fascinating and entertaining. John and Emma are evenly matched when it comes to intelligence and boldness and this makes fabulous reading. The sparks are flying off the pages.
Sara Portman has managed to perfectly capture the time she’s writing about. Her writing style is captivating and vibrant, which makes her story a joy to read. The Reunion is filled with unexpected twists and turns, amazing chemistry and complex family relationships. I really enjoyed reading this gorgeous heartwarming story and highly recommend it.
~ SUZE, WITH LOVE FOR BOOKS
Had me hooked from the first chapter. . . This book is a wonderful introduction to this series and I can’t wait for many more. Ms. Portman has written characters that come to life on every page. Emma and John try so hard not to involve their hearts. The dialogue is witty and fun. The sex scenes are hot and steamy, but not over the top and placed perfectly to enhance John and Emma’s relationship. Overall, just a wonderfully enjoyable historical romance!
~ AVONNA LOVES GENRES
This was wonderfully written/exactly what I was looking for kind of book. Recommended. I’m excited I’ve found a new author to read. YAY ME! YAY SARA! YAY BOOKS!!
~ BESTSELLING AUTHOR PENNY REID
I really liked Portman’s writing. It was witty, funny, easy to read and hot!
~ LIZA, QUITE THE NOVEL IDEA
Great to discover a fresh, smart and witty new voice in historical romance. I especially loved the clever turns of phrase in this enjoyable marriage of convenience story. Lots to savor. An author to watch.