The Legendary Lord by Valerie Bowman

The Legendary Lord

THE MAKING OF A LEGEND… When Christian Forester, Viscount Berkeley, flees the stuffy ballrooms of London for his Scottish hunting lodge, the last thing he expects to find ensconced before his fire is an incredibly beautiful woman. But the plight of lovely young Sarah Highgate, who has run away from an unwanted betrothal, inspires an eminently practical exchange. He’ll safe...

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  • Sissy's Romance Book Review

    'The Legendary Lord' by Valerie Bowman is book six in the "Playful Brides" series. This is the story of Christian Bancroft, Viscount Berkeley and Sarah Highgate. I have read the other book in this series but easily feel this is a standalone book. But I will say that I enjoyed catching up with the past main characters. Christian has been in the previous stories as a secondary character that ends up helping the couples get together..so it was nice to see his story play out in this book.

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    'The Legendary Lord' by Valerie Bowman is book six in the "Playful Brides" series. This is the story of Christian Bancroft, Viscount Berkeley and Sarah Highgate. I have read the other book in this series but easily feel this is a standalone book. But I will say that I enjoyed catching up with the past main characters. Christian has been in the previous stories as a secondary character that ends up helping the couples get together..so it was nice to see his story play out in this book.

    Sarah parents has set her up to marry a popular and well connected man about town. But Sarah has tried to have feelings for him but he seems to only be able to talk about himself and nothing else. So Sarah gets the ideal to runaway and heads to her father's cabin but ends up at the wrong one. She ends up at Christian cabin. When he comes home from traveling and finds her there he thinks she is a thief at first but soon finds what actually is going on. Christian is not confident around the ladies and the ones he does become close to turn into his friends. So they strike a bargain that if Christian can get her back to London without a scandal Sarah will help him find a wife.

    Truly enjoyed this book..can't wait for more from Ms. Bowman!

    "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."

  • Vânia Nunes

    I'm soooooooooooooooo in love with this book!!!

    I should know why, but the truth is that I love Valerie Bowman narrative. It is light and engaging. The characters are dense, deep and at the same time so easy to love, even when you feel angry with them for some reason ...

    Christian Forester, Viscount Berkeley, usually flee to his cottage in Scotland.

    He tried for a long time to find a suitable wife, but the truth is that he ends up becoming friend with all the ladies and they marry others. Tired of

    I'm soooooooooooooooo in love with this book!!!

    I should know why, but the truth is that I love Valerie Bowman narrative. It is light and engaging. The characters are dense, deep and at the same time so easy to love, even when you feel angry with them for some reason ...

    Christian Forester, Viscount Berkeley, usually flee to his cottage in Scotland.

    He tried for a long time to find a suitable wife, but the truth is that he ends up becoming friend with all the ladies and they marry others. Tired of it, he decided he would stay in Scotland or at his estate in Northumbria.

    Imagine his surprise when he arrived at his cottage and find that it was invaded by the most beautiful lady he had already met...

    Lady Sarah Highgate, daughter of the Earl of Highfield, had fled from London because she didn't like to know that she was engaged to the Marquess of Branford.

    Her chaperone had broken her ankle and would be immobilized for more than a month, and a storm caused Sarah to be alone in the cottage with Christian for days.

    But away from the two become uncomfortable, friendship flowing fast.

    She was the Belle of the Season and Christian then asks for her help how he should act to draw attention of other ladies and get a bride.

    After a few days, Sarah is seen worried that should go back to London, and Christian asks for help to his friends, Lucy and Cass.

    Only then, Sarah knows that Christian is not only a gentleman, but a Viscount.

    They have so many things in common, but the point was her father would never allow her to marry him. She was engaged to a marquess, Regency Prince's best friend himself.

    Lucy and Cassandra help Sarah spreading about the famous and mysterious chaperone, Mrs Bunbury (she was introduced in previous book).

    Back to London, Sarah still was Branford's fiancee, and Christian strictly follows all the tips given by Sarah for him to become more charming.

    And it's a huge success!!!

    Next ball in which they attend, Christian is the sensation of the night and becomes the Legendary Lord.

    Despite being more than interested in Sarah, Christian doesn't think right to steal the bride of another gentleman. Sarah, in turn, thinks she should obey her parents unconditionally.

    Lucy can't keep herself anxious to see both Sarah as Christian suffering.

    Something needed to be done, and urgently.

    And when it happens, it can all go wrong again...

    Great love story. You will not be disappointed to read it.

  • Esther

    ARC from NetGalley for honest review. 3.75

    Sarah is the perfect, well behaved daughter who did as she was told. With her father being an Earl, Sarah was expected to marry well and was betrothed to the Marquess of Branford.

    Sarah finds that she is questioning her betrothed and runs away to her fathers cottage. But unbeknownst to Sarah it's actually Christian Bancroft, Viscount Berkley.

    Christian has been searching for a wife with no success. He's somewhat shy, good looking and well liked, but he's

    ARC from NetGalley for honest review. 3.75

    Sarah is the perfect, well behaved daughter who did as she was told. With her father being an Earl, Sarah was expected to marry well and was betrothed to the Marquess of Branford.

    Sarah finds that she is questioning her betrothed and runs away to her fathers cottage. But unbeknownst to Sarah it's actually Christian Bancroft, Viscount Berkley.

    Christian has been searching for a wife with no success. He's somewhat shy, good looking and well liked, but he's always put in the "only friends" category.

    Christian arrives at his lodge during a snow storm. As he enters he realizes that someone's in his home and comes across a sword wielding, beautiful young women.

    That's how the story and their romance begins. Sarah needs help returning home without a scandal, not wanting to hurt her parents. Christian needs help finding a wife, to appear more appealing to women then just as friend and that's where Sarah has agreed to help. The two though for a time are stuck at the cabin/lodge during the snowstorm. During that time they become better friends and strong feelings develop between them. Each fights it knowing that Sarah is betrothed to a Marquess.

    The story was sweet and cute. I enjoyed the characters and storyline. But I didn't love it. We had good secondary characters and it kept my interest but found it slowed a little towards the end.

  • Julie

    The Legendary Lord (Playful Brides #6) by Valerie Bowman is a 2016 St. Martin’s Press publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    This installment in the ‘Playful Brides’ series is a delightful Regency period romp, filled with light banter and charming characters.

    Sarah Highgate can’t endure the thought of marrying the man her parents have chosen for her. So, despite a lifetime of cowering to her parent’s wishes and preparing he

    The Legendary Lord (Playful Brides #6) by Valerie Bowman is a 2016 St. Martin’s Press publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    This installment in the ‘Playful Brides’ series is a delightful Regency period romp, filled with light banter and charming characters.

    Sarah Highgate can’t endure the thought of marrying the man her parents have chosen for her. So, despite a lifetime of cowering to her parent’s wishes and preparing herself to marry within the peerage, she snaps, and runs away from home, a fateful decision that will change her life.

    Christian Bancroft, Viscount Berkley, arrives at his Scottish lodge looking for a respite from London, only to find a most alluring lady has broken into his home. Once it has been established that Sarah mistook his hunting lodge for one belonging to her father, the two discover they are stuck together due to a winter storm.

    When Sarah explains her dilemma, expressing her deep remorse for disappointing her parents and suggests she is beginning to regret the damage she has done to her reputation, Christian comes up with a way to help her reenter society without causing a scandal, and Sarah promised to help him find a wife, by turning him into a ‘Legendary Lord.’

    If you want a pure Regency romance, you’ve come to the right place. Thank you Valerie Bowman for getting it right! I loved the setup, Sarah’s charm and wit, and Christian, is the perfect example of an introverted soul who just needs a little shove in the right direction, to help him gain confidence. He had me a little worried there for a while, though.

    I also admired the proper language, the manners, and how true the author stayed to historical authenticity, in these regards.

    Overall, this is a lovely story, captivating and infused with humor, and pleasing all around. I thoroughly enjoyed this one!

    4.5 stars

  • Ermione Pickwick

    I know that my relationship with Valerie Bowman previously has been quite fluctuating and somewhat "stressing" but she certainly convinced me with this novel.

    The story is very catching and fast paced, the protagonists are adorable, their relationship is of the sweetest sort; they are so obviously perfect for each other and the sentiment of longing between them is so heartwarming.

    The author was very good with keeping the story simple but at the same time, very entertaining. I particularly li

    I know that my relationship with Valerie Bowman previously has been quite fluctuating and somewhat "stressing" but she certainly convinced me with this novel.

    The story is very catching and fast paced, the protagonists are adorable, their relationship is of the sweetest sort; they are so obviously perfect for each other and the sentiment of longing between them is so heartwarming.

    The author was very good with keeping the story simple but at the same time, very entertaining. I particularly liked the division of the plot in two parts, the first one in Scotland, at Christian's cottage, where they are carefree and cheerful, and the second in London society, where the reality struck. This novel is a success and so far is no doubt, my favourite in the series.

    I'm very curious to see what's in store for Hart and Meg. There's a lot of anticipation here.

  • Sonya Heaney

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    review, but because that's what most people read, I'm keeping it at the end.

    This review is going to sound terribly negative. So I want to start by saying that – as someone who hates topless man covers – I actually think this cover is creative and interesting and full of emotion, and I like it.

    Goodreads tells me this is the fourth Valerie Bowman book I’ve read – all in this same series. There’s a reason I keep coming back to Bowman’s work

    Also posted

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    I was going to delete my original

    review, but because that's what most people read, I'm keeping it at the end.

    This review is going to sound terribly negative. So I want to start by saying that – as someone who hates topless man covers – I actually think this cover is creative and interesting and full of emotion, and I like it.

    Goodreads tells me this is the fourth Valerie Bowman book I’ve read – all in this same series. There’s a reason I keep coming back to Bowman’s work – she’s one of those authors who has a talent for writing lively scenes that keep you turning the pages.

    However…

    I did not end up finishing this one.

    Now, the author markets her book as “Regency romps”. They’re anachronistic, they’re more Disney than Austen, and they’re also great fun. I know what I’m going into before I begin. Even if this one flew right out the Regency manners window with the heroine eating breakfast with the hero – alone and in her nightclothes – only a few hours after meeting him, I might still have continued.

    Even though the “I’m not like other women – I’m better!” theme was started to wear on my feminist sensibilities, I might have continued.

    This time, though…

    Firstly: I simply could not get over the fact the heroine’s guardian was called “Mrs Goatsocks”. I thought it was a joke. I thought it would turn out this creature with the ridiculous name was a pet dog or something, but no…

    Yes, there’re some English surnames that sound funny to foreign ears. However, there is a big history to them – the name evolved that way for a reason. It was almost offensive to use such a stupid, made-up, non-historic name, just because the English are “so cute!”. Just in case, I Googled, and searched, and Googled some more, and all searches for “goatsocks” turned up were pictures of socks with goats on them (who knew that was something people bought?!)

    However…

    The main issue? Sometimes there’s one thing in a book you just can’t overlook. One comment, or one mistake that’s too big for me to want to go on reading. For example, I’ve been known to DNF books that use any variation of the comment ‘dumb blonde’.

    In the case of

    , it’s a combined language and research issue.

    In this case? The offending word:

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    An American “biscuit” versus what that word means to the rest of us:

    These are biscuits:

    As are these:

    This bread-like, crusty, doughy thing Americans call a biscuit? I’ve never seen one in the decades I’ve lived in the British Commonwealth and Britain itself. I only know what they are from reading books set in the US South.

    If Bowman had had her characters preparing and eating

    , it would have been more believable – at least that’s a food you can find in Britain today! “Biscuit” wasn’t just a wrong word; it was a wrong THING. A wrong culture, a wrong country, and when it became a big theme in some sixty pages of scenes, mentioned

    just in a few chapters, I couldn’t stand it anymore.

    Both author and editors should know better if they’re setting books in Britain.

    The heroine cooked them. The hero dipped them in meat sauce and also tore off the "crust" ("cookies" don't have crusts!) and fed them to the dog. The hero cooked them. The heroine ate them. And on and on it went for the whole “getting to know you” multiple-chapter section of the book.

    Also: why in the world would the daughter of a Regency earl know how to cook?

    Look: many of my favourite historical romance writers have grammar/terminology errors in their books. I’m willing to overlook a few Americanisms in a book set in England if the story is good. However, this one became such a focus of the story, I just could not ignore it.

    As I said: it wasn’t the only issue. There were a lot of severe anachronisms, and the vague misogyny was a little irritating.

    This book is getting fantastic reviews. However, a little while ago I saw an English reader mention that some British historical romances are

    written for a British audience, that they are full of mistakes and play on stereotypes to sell a quaint version of Britain that has never existed. It was a statement that really resonated with me, because THAT is exactly the problem I have with a number of books in this genre. And this is one of them.

    I’m sure if you know very little about the country or the era, you will enjoy the sparkling writing. Unfortunately for me, I cannot overlook the massive behavioural and language mistakes. Instead of enjoying the dialogue, I was obsessing over the hero dipping his dessert in his meat stew.

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    I'm halfway through and not sure I'm going to finish. I propose a new law: historical romances (set in Britain) MUST be edited by someone who knows British English.

    Bowman obviously decided to have her characters bond over meals - meals of American "biscuits". The problem is: even in 2016, this is a

    Americanism. A biscuit is what Americans call a "cookie". And the hero dunks them in his meat stew. While the dog eats the "cookie" crusts.

    I've never seen one of these American biscuits, and have certainly never eaten one, EVER. I only learnt what they were a few years ago, and that was from reading books set in the US south. And this book is set two centuries ago, when the chances of English aristocrats knowing what they were was zero.

    Is this really a reason to DNF a book? It's not the only issue (no Regency manners exist, and the heroine is one of those 'I'm not like other women!!' types), but it is the one driving me mad.

    Other things I have an issue with: calling the heroine's guardian 'Mrs Goatsocks'. How about 'Mrs Donkeyboots'? 'Mrs Sheepflipflops'? I thought it was a twist in the story, and she'd turn out to be a pet dog or something, but so far, no. It just feels far too much like when I lived in London and an international student friend burst out laughing

    time I said ARSE instead of ASS, because it was 'SO CUTE'...

    Also, the idea the heroine is Better Than Other Women because she insisted on learning how to work in a kitchen, even though she has an earl for a father.

    The hero and heroine (and dog) have been bonding over "biscuits" for sixty pages. I'm going insane! How hard would this have been to research?

    I've read a number of books by this author, and she writes beautifully. But she needs to set her books in her own country - or learn at a few things about Britain. The editors could use some help, too.

  • Zoe

    This reads like a very light-hearted romance to me. Both Christian and Sarah are so unbelievably normal characters. Christian is a shy man who seems like an honest and kind man. He wants a wife but doesn't really know how to attract the ladies. Sarah is the toast of ton. Circumstances put them together and they spent some time together, developed some feelings for each other but Sarah had to go back to London. Christian helped Sarah to get back to London with her reputation intact so Sarah was g

    This reads like a very light-hearted romance to me. Both Christian and Sarah are so unbelievably normal characters. Christian is a shy man who seems like an honest and kind man. He wants a wife but doesn't really know how to attract the ladies. Sarah is the toast of ton. Circumstances put them together and they spent some time together, developed some feelings for each other but Sarah had to go back to London. Christian helped Sarah to get back to London with her reputation intact so Sarah was going to help Christian find a wife.

    The story went on like this. If you are in the mood for something light, you might like this book. I like my stories to be more about how people come to terms with themselves. And this book is too goody two shoes for me. But I really like how Valerie Bowman describes a scene. The characters seem to come to life, the way she depicts them in the book.

    *This review is for an ARC provided by the publisher on NetGalley.

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    This was a light, easy to read, Regency romance with a beta hero and a style of writing almost reminiscent of Julia Quinn. I haven't read the other novels in this series, and there were many characters that made reappearances. I did feel like I have missed out on some interesting stories reading this out of order, but it didn't detract from the current book. This is also the first novel I have read by Valerie Bowman.

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    This was a light, easy to read, Regency romance with a beta hero and a style of writing almost reminiscent of Julia Quinn. I haven't read the other novels in this series, and there were many characters that made reappearances. I did feel like I have missed out on some interesting stories reading this out of order, but it didn't detract from the current book. This is also the first novel I have read by Valerie Bowman.

    Christian Bancroft, Viscount Berkley encounters Miss Sarah Highgate in his Scottish hunting lodge one winter evening. She has fled London to escape an unwanted betrothal and was fleeing to her father's hunting lodge but instead got lost and ended up at Christian's lodge. Christian being the noble gentleman, helps Sarah to find her way back to England without scandal in exchange for her help in making him more attractive on the marriage mart of the ton. In the few days they spend together at the lodge, they realise they are quite similar and what they are both seeking could be right under their noses!

    I struggled to finish this and I really had to force myself to finish. I also skim read a lot of scenes (which I almost never do!). At the beginning, Christian and Sarah both sounded interesting: Christian a beta hero who has been friend zoned a lot and Sarah a society belle who likes to cook (I thought there would be more about her cooking as that would have been very different but sadly no). As the novel progressed, I found Christian and Sarah both highly annoying and just couldn't relate to them. I didn't feel the passion between them and to be honest, they were both just plain vanilla characters.

    Valerie Bowman's voice is distinctively American rather than British and probably one of the other reasons I didn't enjoy this book set in Regency England. For example, the imagery I kept visualizing of the hunting lodge, was that of a modern day American log cabin rather than a rustic Scottish lodge. The vernacular was very modern and there were many examples of modern expressions like "whoa" and "to boot" which annoyed me. If you have similar reading tastes to me you may not enjoy this book, but if you are a Julia Quinn fan, this might be worth a look.

    *Thank-you Valerie Bowman, Netgalley & St. Martin's Paperbacks for the ARC.

  • Cynthia

    Who doesn't love a good 

    story? Especially with a little regency and gender-bender twist! I love that the hero of this story is Christian, Viscount Berkeley, who's been popping up in the previous book, seemingly to help the heroines get their heroes. Always a friend, never the boyfriend. So it's extra adorable when he finally goes from our luckless lord to our legendary lord.

    Returning to his Scotland home, Christian stumbles upon Sarah Highgate, runaway belle of the season, who thinks s

    Who doesn't love a good 

    story? Especially with a little regency and gender-bender twist! I love that the hero of this story is Christian, Viscount Berkeley, who's been popping up in the previous book, seemingly to help the heroines get their heroes. Always a friend, never the boyfriend. So it's extra adorable when he finally goes from our luckless lord to our legendary lord.

    Returning to his Scotland home, Christian stumbles upon Sarah Highgate, runaway belle of the season, who thinks she might have had made a mistake running away. Christian agrees to help Sarah return home with minimal scandal if she agrees to turn him into the catch of the season.

    Stranded out at Christian's lodge with nothing but Fergus two (the adorable dog) for a chaperone, I loved seeing the development of Christian and Sarah's relationship from slightly wary accomplices, to budding friendship, to a cute romance that they both try so hard to deny. And oh I loved reveal of "new" Christian (with all his tips from Sarah) in London and Sarah falling even more head over heels for him!

    Christian and Sarah had a really nice chemistry. They're perfect for each other even if they try to hide that fact. I really liked Christian. I thought he was quite adorable and it wonderful to see him become so confident in himself. Sarah was sweet but a little frustrating for me. I get she doesn't want to upset her family; it takes a bit, but she does learn to stand up for herself, hallelujah. That's probably the thing that drags the story a bit. There's also some over-the-top angst at the end, and it was a pretty done-to-wire for true love to prevail, but have no fear, it all works out.

    Overall, it was a super cute book with a pretty darn adorable couple who's perfect for each other, but just require a few kick in the butts to work it all out. And we get the return of the previous characters (Lucy of

    is still causing chaos) trying to help out these lovebirds get their happily ever after, which means lots of chaos and hilarious moments. This is definitely worth checking out if you love a good My Fair Lady kind of romance.

    {*Thanks to St. Martin's Press & Netgalley for providing the eARC in exchange for an honest review. Original review at

  • Elaine

    I have been lucky enough to read several stories in this series and enjoyed every one. This was a great opportunity to catch up on the main characters from earlier books but I don’t think you would necessarily have to have read those books to enjoy this one.

    This novel focusses on Christian Bancroft, Viscount Berkeley, who escapes from the pressures of the season in London to return to his hunting lodge in Scotland. As the inclement weather threatens, he discovers Lady Sarah Highgate, dressed as

    I have been lucky enough to read several stories in this series and enjoyed every one. This was a great opportunity to catch up on the main characters from earlier books but I don’t think you would necessarily have to have read those books to enjoy this one.

    This novel focusses on Christian Bancroft, Viscount Berkeley, who escapes from the pressures of the season in London to return to his hunting lodge in Scotland. As the inclement weather threatens, he discovers Lady Sarah Highgate, dressed as a maid, ensconced in his bedroom with Fergus, the dog! It seems that she got lost running away and trying to reach her father’s hunting lodge, as more details are revealed the two get closer but she’s been betrothed by her parents to an eminent bachelor - one she doesn’t really like at all! As the two make a bargain with him helping her to return to London without scandal and her helping him to find a wife, life is going to turn things around for both of them.

    There are some great laugh out loud incidents as the Viscount’s friends set out to help Sarah return safely and then try to get the two to admit their attraction to each other. I really enjoyed this historical romance and hope to read more from this talented author in future.

    I was gifted an ARC of this novel via NetGalley. This is my honest opinion.


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