Monday, July 21, 2014

Blog Tour/Review: Becoming Lady Lockwood by Jennifer Moore

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Becoming Lady Lockwood

Amelia Beckett is delighted to be a widow. Married by proxy to a man she’d never met, Amelia recognizes that a fortuitous entry into widowhood frees her from meddlesome chaperones and matchmakers. Heiress to her mother’s sugar plantation in Jamaica, she happily anticipates working in a man’s world, with the additional credibility of her new title: Lady Lockwood. But with the arrival of Captain Sir William Drake, her plans quickly go awry . . . William has traversed the Atlantic with one purpose. If he cannot prove that Amelia’s marriage to his brother was a fraud, she will be entitled to a sizeable portion of his family’s estate. He is determined to return this duplicitous Lady to London for an official hearing, and he carries with him a letter that will ensure her cooperation . . . Left with no choice, Amelia joins the captain on his return voyage to England, and the two quickly find that ship life does not allow for evasion. Amelia and William are ceaselessly thrown together, and amidst fierce storms and ocean battles, what began as antipathy seems to be evolving quite unexpectedly. But as they draw ever closer to their destination, will the impossibility of their circumstances shatter any hope of a future together?

Praise for Becoming Lady Lockwood

“Moore does a lovely job of showcasing sizzle in this must-read for fans of regency and historical romance.” ~ Foreword Reviews

What a great read! Amelia Becket's father, Admiral Becket, pushed her into marriage with Lord Lockwood. She never had a chance to meet him before he died. His brother, Captain William Drake, is determined to prove their marriage was a fraud so she won't inherit anything. Amelia is happily living on her sugar plantation in Jamaica when Captain Drake takes her to London to prove her marriage was a sham. On the trip, they each learn things about the other that they weren't expecting and, once they arrive in London, there are complications that might be too much to overcome.

Amelia is lovable from the beginning! She is kind and resourceful. While on the ship, she exhibits bravery and is tougher than the men initially gave her credit for. She forms some great relationships with some of the men and they become loyal to her. I especially enjoyed her relationships with Tobias, as she helped him repair the sails and Riley, the cabin boy. 

I loved her relationship with William. I liked William from the beginning, even though he was a bit grumpy. They started off on the wrong foot, mostly because he made a lot of assumptions about her that she just didn't live up to. It was funny to read what he thought about her and then to see what she was really like. It took him a while to figure her out. Most of the story takes place on the ship, but there is still some drama waiting to unfold once they reach London.

We don't really get to know her father, Admiral Becket, but from what we do learn about him, he's not very likable and hasn't treated her well. It took a while to find out what he was really after and it wasn't his daughter's love. I felt sad about the way he treated her, especially since her mother died when she was still quite young.

If you enjoy clean regency romance, then this is the book for you! This is Ms. Moore's first book and I look forward to reading more from her in the future!

My Rating=5 Stars

*I received a copy from the tour host for review. My opinion is 100% my own.*

William placed his right hand on the small of her back and pulled gently with his left hand, leading her in a simple series of steps, which she quickly mastered. She focused her eyes on the captain’s shoulder where her hand rested tentatively. He moved lightly, but her movements were stiff. She was afraid of relaxing when he was practically holding her in his arms.

After a few turns around the room, Amelia felt her tension ease. The music was beautiful, and Captain Drake had a way of drawing her across the floor as if she was floating. When she finally braved a glance at his face, she met his eyes, and her nervousness returned.

“And is your punishment so dreadful, Miss Becket?” he asked. “I have yet to see you smile.”

Amelia allowed herself a small smile. “It is a very nice punishment indeed, sir. Is it one you utilize regularly?”

“Perhaps I shall, if you believe it will keep the men in line.”

Amelia laughed. “I do not know what they would think if you waltzed with each sailor who failed in his duty.”

“I imagine it should be quite effective at discouraging rule breaking, don’t you?” William looked thoughtful, as if considering the idea.

“Perhaps. Until some of the men develop a taste for waltzing. You might begin to worry when the same men continually require discipline.”

William laughed. Amelia had only heard his laugh a very few times and found she quite liked it. Especially knowing she was the one who had inspired it. She also realized that the sound had caused her heart to trip ever so slightly, and to her dismay, she found that she quite liked that as well. She lowered her eyes, suddenly finding the gold buttons on the captain’s coat fascinating. She was extremely aware of the captain’s arm, the way it wrapped around her, and his hand resting on her lower back. The hand that held hers was strong, and she felt each movement of his fingers and the subtle tightening around her own hand. And had he always had such a pleasant smell?

Author Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore is a Passionate reader and writer of all things romance, helping her find balance with the rest of her world, which includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. Jennifer has a BA in linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family. You can learn more about her at The author’s first book, Becoming Lady Lockwood, is a regency romance centered on the British navy during the Napoleonic Wars of the early 1800s.

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Unknown said...

Dang, I had kept it off my reading list because I didn't think I would enjoy it enough....Then I had to go and read your review :). Now I must read this. I wish I could read it this minute.....I am so glad you liked it!!! Great Review!!!

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