Nash is fourth of the children of Gerard Gretton to get his story in this historical romance series.
Nash prefers the country to the city, and his hounds to society, so when his older brother, Peregrine, insists he attend a masquerade, all he wants to do is leave. However, he finds a masked woman seeking to slip away undetected and helps her out, then takes her to his townhouse and to bed. Felicity's family
keeps telling her that she has to marry the man they have chosen for her, and before running away, she chooses her own man to take her virginity. After enjoying their evening together, Felicity disappears from Nash's life, not knowing that he is the brother of the man her family has chosen. When they meet
up again, they find that they are mixed up in the ongoing intrigue that has been developing in the series, and have to go to unexpected lengths to stay together.
I really enjoyed how this story played into the series as a whole. Each book overlaps in time to some extent, so that events are seen more fully as the series continues. Because of this, I think this book will be appreciated more by those that have read the previous three, although the plot is certainly explained well enough if this is the only one you read. Felicity and Nash seem to be a perfect fit for one another,
especially as he finds a previously unknown well of strength within himself once he has someone he cares enough to fight for. I look forward to the continuation of the series, and especially want to see Peregrine's story unfold, as I think he has been secretly playing matchmaker for his siblings! The whole family, with their refusal to bow to society's rules and their staunch patriotism, are quite endearing.
Nash's Niche is a must read!
The Price to Pay by Raven McAllen
Genre: romance (older woman)
Length: novel (160 pgs. on my Nook)
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Set against the background of a traveling fair, this story showcases a younger man who discovers that he believes in love at first sight when he meets his school friend's mother-in-law. Padraig O'Shea is 31 and Vairi McQueen (in her 40s) fights him tooth and nail all the way; first just because of the age difference and later because she feels her trust is misplaced.
Although there were occasional places where the dialect (English and Irish idioms) left me guessing for the meaning of specific phrases, I enjoyed this story. Raig is a very sympathetic character and I felt that Vairi gave him a hard time for no real reason. It was not as if he had actually lied to her, just that they hadn't yet reached a point where everything could be shared. I did like her apology and was interested in the final reveal of his past. I definitely liked Raig's character the best, but that may have been because the story was written from his point of view rather than hers, so the reasoning behind his actions and what he was thinking was usually clearer. This is a good "cougar" story with some funny scenes contained inside it. Some of the "love at first sight" was a little much, and Vairi's reaction to events was also overdone, but the story overall was enjoyable.