Truce by R L Mathewson
It all begins in the early 1800 with neighboring children bickering…
Little Elizabeth Stanton has a crush on Jamie Bradford, while his brother Robert uses every occasion to make her furious.
Actually they drive each other mad so…it’s a mutual thing.
When a secret betrayed trasforms Elizabeth and Robert’s childish animosity into hate, his family moves away and her crush on Jamie is forgotten.
Years later they meet as adults in a London ballroom.
Overwhelmed by a mutual attraction that comsumes every sensible thought, they don’t recognise each other at first.
Too late they realize they are not actually strangers and things get VERY complicated.
The animosity picks up again but there’s something more underneath their childish hostility…
“He cursed himself for quickening his step to catch up with the overly cheerful woman that he hated, but couldn’t stand to be away from.”
A great enemies to lovers story that made me laugh, blush and swoon all the way through.
A light read, perfect at the end of a very difficult day or after a deeply emotional read…
Their playful banters are silly and fun:
“I love you more, minx,” he said against her lips.
“Probably,” she easily agreed as she wrapped her arms around his neck and moved to deepen their kiss.
I had a little trouble with the credibility of Robert and Elizabeth’s first encounter though…it was unrealistic and over the top!
A well bred english young woman losing her virginity with the first hot young man that stumbles on her path in an orangery during a ball?
As a result of the encounter she could get pregnant and she doesn’t want to know his name because it would ruin the “magic” of the moment?
Even so I loved their story and I adored Robert.
The audiobook was beautifully narrated.
Straight to my all time goodies shelf! XD
⭐ 4.5 Stars ⭐
*Truce by R L Mathewson is book #4 in the Neighbor from Hell series, no cliffhanger.
Can be read as a standalone but the opening chapter of this book has a contemporary setting that introduces the actual story.
It’s a short scene with the couple from the first book, “Playing for Keeps” (Neighbor from Hell #1), on the day of their five years wedding anniversary.
A family tradition requires the husband handcrafting a special necklace for his wife and it’s also tradition to tell the new generation of Bradfords how this tradition came about.
That’s when the historical romance begins.
For those who have not read “Playing for Keeps” you just need to know this:
Bradfords are peculiar and they’re obsessed with food in a way that’s completely outrageous and over the top.
With these info you’re good to go and read this as a standalone 😜😎
~ My Ratings ~
Writing: 5 /5 – I listened to the Audiobook –
Plot: 4 /5
Hero: 5 /5
Heroine: 4 /5
Secondary Characters: 4 /5
MC’s chemistry: 5 /5
Triggers: Explicit sexual scenes, no major triggers
Recommended to: Adult Romance Readers looking for a light “hate to love” read.
The romance is set in early 1800 but the historical setting does not weigh heavily on the story so any adult romance reader could enjoy this even if historical romance is not their genre of choice.
Truce by R L Mathewson
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