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04 December 2021

Book Review: Cinderella and the Scarred Viscount by Sarah Mallory *AD gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of Cinderella and the Scarred Viscount by Sarah Mallory ahead of the blog tour.

A Cinderella inspired story? Yes please! It has been such a long time since I've read anything by Sarah Mallory and now I have regrets because I have been missing out.

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An imperfect proposal…

But a perfect match?

Major James Rossington, Viscount Austerfield, survived Waterloo, but can he survive the Season as London’s most eligible bachelor?

Convinced his battle scars make him unlovable, and to escape Society’s matchmakers, Ross proposes a wedding in name only to shy, sensible Carenza Bettridge. Liberated from her cruel stepmother and bullying half-sisters, she blossoms into a confident, altogether desirable woman.

He promised Carenza a convenient marriage, but inconveniently finds himself wanting more…

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Source: Blog Tour | Review Copy

5 Word Review: Family, betrayal, marriage, belonging, love.

I love a good Cinderella retelling - and this one was excellent.

Throw in a marriage of convenience? Nailed it!

Carenza is like a ray of sunshine. She is so good and generous you can't help but like her. She's selfless almost to a fault and it broke my heart with how her step-mother treated her, especially as her father loved her so much.

Ross is scarred both inside and out, and pretty bitter because of it. It was amazing to see him mellow, and he was such a kind person behind his tough exterior.

Both of these characters deserve love, even if they don't believe it themselves.

I loved how both characters were reserved and insecure, and how together they worked through it and truly blossomed. They were so supportive of each other, and it really warmed my heart. They build each other up and help to fight back against the barrage of put-downs they've both experienced. This is an emotional read, and I loved the care it took when exploring Ross's PTSD.

This book was so easy to read. I picked it up and I got lost in a beautiful romance, I was there with the characters watching their love grow. I read this in a single sitting and loved every second.

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Sarah Mallory is an award-winning author who has published more than 30 historical romances with Harlequin Mills & Boon. She loves history, especially the Georgian and Regency. She won the prestigious RoNA Rose Award from the Romantic Novelists Association in 2012 and 2013. Sarah also writes romantic historical adventures as Melinda Hammond. Sarah lived for many years on the Yorkshire Pennines, taking inspiration from the wild and rugged moors. Then in 2018 she fell in love with Scotland and ran away to live on the rugged North West Coast, which is proving even more inspiring.

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