THE BAREKNUCKLE GROOM BY HOLLY BUSH
Meet the Thompsons of Locust Street, an unconventional family taking Philadelphia high society by storm…
1869 Bareknuckle champion, James Thompson, is confident his future continues with beautiful women and victories in the boxing ring. Men admire his skills, power, and quick fists, and are more than willing to bet their hard-earned coins on his name. Women admire his handsome face, his undaunted confidence, and his powerful body. Nothing will change his successfully plotted course, until…
Lucinda Vermeal arrives on the Philadelphia social scene when her father moves them to the city in the hopes that his only daughter will find a suitable partner. After all, her husband will be intimately involved with Vermeal Industries whose business interests and political connections touch France, England and all of the United States. Lucinda’s pale statuesque beauty attracts the finest of Philadelphia’s young men, but her cool and reserved attitude keep them at arm’s length. Until she meets a man willing to challenge her at every turn. Will James Thompson expose Lucinda’s passionate nature like no other man ever could?
This was a great quick read. The perfect book to grab when you are looking for a summer afternoon beach read. I enjoyed the fact that it was set in a little bit more modern and American setting than my usual Regency-era romances. It was a nice change of pace. I really enjoyed the Thompson family! They are a fun and lively bunch that made me feel like it would be fun to be a part of their family circle.
Overall, it was a good story with a fast-paced plot. There were a few characters tended to shift a bit too quickly as the ending was wrapping up but it didn’t steal too much from the enjoyment of the story. If you enjoy an American post-Civil War setting with a little bit of steam. Grab The Bareknuckle Groom for a rousing weekend read.
Publication Date: March 9, 2021
Holly Bush Books
Series: The Thompsons of Locust Street, Book #2
Genre: Historical Romance
About the Author
“Love always has something to say. Sometimes it shouts from the highest hill, and sometimes it whispers so softly one must listen closely to hear. Do not turn away. It is a rare and precious commodity. Treasure it.” The Gentrys of Paradise
Holly Bush’s historical romances are set during the turbulent and transformative years of the late 1800’s. The first two books in her newest series, The Gentrys of Paradise, released in the spring of 2017 and began with the novella Into the Evermore where readers meet Virginia horse breeders, Eleanor and Beauregard Gentry. The following books feature their children, Adam, Matthew, and Olivia. For the Brave is Matthew’s story and is the first full length book of the series. Olivia’s book, For This Moment, released in the spring of 2018. The final book, For Her Honor, is now available.
The Crawford Family Series following the fortunes of the three Boston born Crawford sisters and includes Train Station Bride, Contract to Wed, Her Safe Harbor, and companion novella, The Maid’s Quarters. Cross the Ocean and Charming the Duke are both British set Victorian romances. Fan favorites stand-alone historical romance novels include Romancing Olive and Reconstructing Jackson. Holly’s books are described as ‘emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance.’
She also writes General Fiction under the name of Hollis Bush.
Holly makes her home with her husband, one happy Labrador Retriever and a clever Jack Russell rescued from the pound, and two difficult cats in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Connect with Holly at www.hollybushbooks.com, on Twitter @hollybushbooks, on Instagram, and on Facebook at Holly Bush. Follow Holly on her Amazon author page to receive new release updates and on BookBub to check out her reviews and get sale information.
Blog Tour Schedule
Tuesday, April 20
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Monday, April 26
Review + Excerpt at Elodie’s Reading Corner
Tuesday, April 27
Excerpt at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, April 28
Review at Unabridged Chick
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