Friday, 29 December 2017
ARC REVIEW : The Fortune Hunter by Bonnie Dee
A man with nothing finds everything.
Abandoned at birth, WWI veteran Hal Stanton faces bleak employment prospects in post-war London. Desperation spurs him to reinvent himself to hook a wealthy wife, one he will be devoted to even if he feels no real passion. But when he meets his fiance’s cousin, Julian Needham, it’s all he can do to keep his heart in check and his eye on the prize.
From the moment he’s introduced to the charming stranger Margaret plans to marry, Julian suspects the man’s motives yet fights a relentless attraction. He’s determined to reveal Hal as a fraud but must handle the matter delicately to protect his sweet cousin’s feelings. A weekend at the family estate should allow time and opportunity for him to expose Halstead Wiley.
Even as the men match wits in a battle of attempted unmasking, powerful sexual attraction threatens to overcome them both and win the day. Can a true love connection possibly grow between these adversaries without destroying lives and loved ones?
The Fortune Hunter by Bonnie Dee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is my last review from my 2017 reads.
I love my historical, that's why I really enjoyed it when I came to UK and explored. This brings back memories when I was in Windsor Castle. I felt like I went there again and and met Julian and Hal.
Of course there's never easy living in past life as 'confirmed bachelor' like Julian, but he managed it anyway. Hal came with his intention to marry Julian's cousin, Margaret. They're engaged. Not like many of MM books with annoying female characters, Margaret is a sweetheart.
With Hal, she didn't expected romantic marriage life, but just a convenient marriage. Not until she met her childhood best friend again, at least.
Then Hal met Julian and everything felt wrong with all the engagement thing, because heart can change in mere second, you know :)
But tehre's something about Hal that Julian need to know, but found that after he knew, not that he hated Hal, but he's even getting his feeling involved and confused, would he betrayed his dear cousin and take Hal for himself, or let them happy.
Something's about Hal's past made everything more confusing. Good thing is, Margaret did what I expected before everything went down.
I felt sorry for Hal, I never dislike Hal, not even when I knew his motives to marry Margaret in a first place.
He's just did it to survive, sure he's a liar and a fortune hunter, but really. All he wanted is a good life, a peaceful life and a family. Something he craved since his childhood.
There's a few weeks apart from each other that made me sad and wanted to hug Hal, 'seeing' what he suffered after he left Julian. Good thing Julian never gave up and tried his hardest to have Hal's back.
I really enjoyed this story. Julian and Hal are beautiful together. The struggling between them is captivating and I felt like I wanted to talk to them to get what their hearts wanted. I'm just a soft heart like that :)
For Bonnie Dee fans and MM historical lover (like me), I recommend this book the first day it's comes out!
* ARC is provided by the author for an honest and unbiased review.*
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I began telling stories as a child. Whenever there was a sleepover, I was the designated ghost tale teller. I still have a story printed on yellow legal paper in second grade about a ghost, a witch and a talking cat.
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