A PERFECT PLAN by Alyssa Drake

An opinionated tomboy must navigate the dangers of society, unaware her brother’s killer is lurking in her midst.

When her brother’s ship sinks off the coast of France, Miss Samantha Hastings surrenders her quiet, country life to manage his affairs. Suddenly thrust into society, Samantha faces an unfamiliar world and the unnerving green eyes of Lord Westwood–her brother’s best friend and her new guardian.

Benjamin, Lord Westwood, never intended on following through with his rash promise to act as guardian to Edward’s bratty little sister. Upon learning of his best friend’s death, Benjamin's intention was to marry her off to the first acceptable suitor. When he finds himself falling for Samantha instead, Benjamin alights upon the perfect plan; a marriage of convenience.

The plan, however, quickly unravels when they discover Edward’s disappearance was due to foul play. Now, Samantha is in more danger than either of them realized and Benjamin is running out of time. Can he save the woman he loves or will murder ruin his perfect plan?

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Wiltshire Chronicles #1
Release - April 2, 2019
Genre - Historical Romance
Multiple POV - 3rd person
Heat - 2.5 out of 5
Format - ebook purchased from Amazon
Length - 290 pages
Publisher - Alyssa Drake Novels

Be still my heart

★★★✩✩

It's been a while since I've read a historical romance, but this new-to-me author made me remember the charm of it. Starting with a deadly opening scene, this story branched out into a sweet romance with bits of mystery. I loved how the author broached the relationship developing between Sam and Ben. Every time Sam gave Benjamin a hard time, with all the emphasis on 'Lord' and so forth, I couldn't help but chuckle. Samantha was headstrong and stubborn and reckless and naive, but she was more than a match for Lord Westwood.

Samantha was a brat and made it very hard to continue reading this story. I swear, if it wasn't for Benjamin, and even his twin brother, Thomas, I would have quit. Benjamin was a rake. He knew he had a reputation, but he really didn't care. Well, not until it stood in the way of what he wanted. Being charged with the responsibility of looking out for Samantha, he was supposed to find her a suitable husband. Not lust after her and want her for himself. He needed to settle down with someone appropriate and genteel - Sam was the furthest thing. But the inexplicable connection these two shared didn't give a wit for propriety. Their relationship should never have existed, but it was exactly what they both needed. I loved how they started out with the enemies-to-lovers banter and tension. It made for an entertaining read. Throw in the whole 'relationship of convenience' thing, and this is shaping up to be quite enjoyable.

With one heck of a cliffhanger, I need to know what happens next. It seems Sam can't help but put herself in dangerous situations.

About the Author
USA Today Bestselling Author Alyssa Drake has been creating stories since she could hold a crayon, preferring to construct her own bedtime tales instead of reading the titles in her bookshelves. A multi-genre author, Alyssa currently writes Historical romance, Paranormal romance, Contemporary romance, and Cozy mystery. She thoroughly enjoys strong heroines and often laughs aloud when imagining conversations between her characters.

Alyssa graduated from the University of the Pacific, with a B.S. in business and a concentration in French literature. Currently she resides in Northern California with her blended family, where she works full-time at a chocolate factory.

She believes everyone is motivated by love of someone or something. One of her favorite diversions is fabricating stories about strangers surrounding her on public transportation. Alyssa can often be found madly scribbling notes on a train or daydreaming out the window as the scenery whips past.

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