A bossy bachelor and a fearless heroine in a sweet and romantic story
A Bachelor’s Pledge by Penny Hampson is a sweet historical romance with the right mix of romance and adventure.
Our thanks to the author and Rachel Random Resources for the advanced reader’s copy.
Word Count: aprox. 79K
Publisher: Independently Published (October 7, 2020)
The woman who haunts his dreams
Secret agent Phil Cullen is upset when he discovers that the young woman he rescued from Mrs Newbody’s establishment has absconded from his housekeeper’s care without a word. Thinking he has been deceived, he resolves to forget about her… something easier said than done.
The man she wants to forget
Sophia Turner is horrified when she is duped into entering a notorious house of ill-repute. Then a handsome stranger comes to her aid. Desperate that no one learns of this scandalous episode, Sophia flees to the one friend she knows she can trust. With luck, she will never see her mysterious rescuer again.But fate has other plans…
Months later, Phil is on the trail of an elusive French agent and Sophia is a respectable lady’s companion when fate again intervenes, taking their lives on a collision course.Traitors, spies, and shameful family secrets – will these bring Sophia and Phil together… or drive them apart?
From the Publisher’s Blurb
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Phil worked for the Crown, trying to uncover traitors that were helping France during the Napoleonic Wars.
One of his assignments took him to a known brothel, where he met the heroine, Sophia, clearly there against her will.
He rescued her and took her to his home, but she was less than happy with his high-handed ways, so she ran away.
They meet again some months later, and Phil discovers she is now companion to his friend’s wife. But the madam from the brothel was after Sophia, and Phil felt duty-bound to protect her, even if they did not get along well.
I love the sensual tension between the characters and their fun bantering. Phil’s protective nature balanced well with Sophia’s impulsiveness.
The side characters were also exciting and well-rounded: some villains and some lovely friends.
A Bachelor’s Pledge is a sweet historical romance with the right mix of romance and adventure.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author
Some time ago Penny Hampson decided to follow her passion for history by studying with the Open University. She graduated with honours and went on to complete a post-graduate degree.
She then landed her dream role, working in an environment where she was surrounded by rare books and historical manuscripts. Flash forward nineteen years, and the opportunity came along to indulge her other main passion – writing. Encouraged by friends and family, three years later Penny published her debut novel, A Gentleman’s Promise, a traditional Regency romance. An Officer’s Vow came next, and will soon be followed by A Bachelor’s Pledge.
But never happy in a rut, Penny is now exploring suspense and the supernatural. The Unquiet Spirit, a spooky contemporary mystery set in Falmouth, Cornwall will shortly be published by Darkstroke.
Penny lives with her family in Oxfordshire, and when she is not writing, she enjoys reading, walking, swimming, and the odd gin and tonic (not all at the same time).