Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Blog Tour/Review: Daisies and Devotion by Josi S. Kilpack

Daisies and Devotion, by Josi S. Kilpack
2019, 291p, Clean Regency Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way

Timothy Mayfield is ready to marry for love, but, since his personal finances are thinner than he’d like, he knows he’ll also need to find a wife with wealth. After receiving an unexpected inheritance, Timothy’s circumstances change, and he is free to pursue his “perfect woman”—one with blonde hair, blue eyes, a light laugh, arched eyebrows, elegant fingers, and a dazzling smile, among nearly twenty other characteristics.

Maryann Morrington doesn’t match anything on Timothy’s list—except for wealth. An heiress in her own right, she is tired of men pursuing her only for her money. But at nearly twenty-two years old, and not a particularly stunning beauty, she can’t be as picky as her friend Timothy is.

The two friends end up playing matchmaker for each other. Timothy will find a decent gentleman for Maryann, and Maryann will prove to Timothy that his “perfect woman” doesn’t exist.

Until Miss Shaw comes to London.

Now, with Timothy’s heart captivated by the blonde, blue-eyed beauty, Maryann must decide if she should risk her heart and reveal her true feelings for her friend, or if she should settle for someone else. It’s an up-and-down game of “he loves me, he loves me not” with both hearts and friendship on the line.

I love Josi Kilpack and this book didn't disappoint! Timothy starts out being very honest with Maryann. He is her friend but also wants to be her suitor based on her financial situation, and he's hopeful that love will come in time. She's not sure what to think of his honesty. Then his situation changes and he is able to look for his perfect wife. 

I loved how Maryann and Timothy's relationship developed. They were able to remain friends as they each pursued other love interests. There were times that Timothy made me laugh, especially when it came to the list of qualities that his perfect woman would possess. 

This was a fun book to read! I loved all of the characters, the plot, the romance, and especially that it's clean. I didn't realize this was the second book in this series, and I haven't yet read the first one, but this definitely works well as a standalone. I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys clean Regency romance!

Josi S. Kilpack is the author of twenty-five novels and one cookbook and a participant in several coauthored projects and anthologies. She is a four-time Whitney award winner--Sheep's Clothing (2007), Wedding Cake (2014), and Lord Fenton's Folly (2015) for Best Romance and Best Novel of the Year--and the Utah Best in State winner for fiction in 2012. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of four children.


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