Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Book Review: The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep

About the Book:

A Cross-Country Trip through Regency England Brings Intrigue, Rogues, and High Adventure.

The must-read conclusion to Michelle Griep’s Bow Street Runners Trilogy: Life couldn’t be better for Abigail Gilbert—but it’s been a long time coming. Having lived with a family who hated her, love is finally within reach. Abby sets off on a journey across England to marry one of the most prestigious gentleman bachelors in the land—until highwaymen upset her plans and threaten her life.Horse patrol captain Samuel Thatcher arrives just in time to save Abby. But to him she’s simply another victim in a job he’s come to despise. Tired of the dark side of humanity, he intends to buy land and retire.

Abby pleads with him to escort her on the rest of her journey. He refuses until she offers him the thing he desperately needs to achieve his goal: money. Delivering her safely will earn him more than enough to settle into a quiet life.

So begins an impossible trek for the cynical lawman and the proper lady. Each will be indelibly changed by the time they reach her betrothed, if they don’t kill one another first—or fall in love.

My Thoughts:

The Noble Guardian is my new favorite of Michelle Griep's novels. This beautifully crafted story was well-written and perfectly paced. The adventure, suspense, and romantic tension combined to create a story that drew me back night after night until I finished it.

The romance was one of my favorite elements of this novel. Samuel and Abby are a case of opposites who attract. Their outlook on life differs greatly and both have firm ideas and expectations about the future. This juxtaposition undergirded their attraction and gave ample opportunity for character growth. The sustained romantic tension was perfectly balanced with adventure and suspense. Their first kiss might be one of the best kissing scenes I've read this year. Yes, I think it's that good!

The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep is the final novel of The Bow Street Runners Trilogy, but can be read as a stand-alone story. I recommend The Noble Guardian to readers who enjoy clean historical romances. It's a keeper for my bookshelf and I give it five stars!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

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