Apr 5, 2019

Courting Poppy Tidemore by Christi Caldwell Review

Courting Poppy Tidemore

Lords of Honor #5
By Christi Caldwell
Release Date: March 29th, 2019
Source: Book I purchased myself

Her name preceded her… 

Lady Poppy Tidemore’s notorious family scandals assure her place in not-so-polite society. Of course, she didn’t help matters…with an infamous art lesson that left her name ruined. Now, Poppy’s only hope is to accept her sister’s invitation to live at the Paradise, the illustrious hotel owned by her brother-in-law. There she’ll be able to pursue her artistic studies without judgment. Except someone else at the Paradise knows Poppy, someone who used to occupy her girlish dreams: Lord Tristan. Thankfully, Poppy's no longer that na├»ve little girl, moonstruck by the charming rogue. In fact, over the years, she and Tristan have become unlikely friends. So, there should be no problem living under the same roof...or at least, that’s what she keeps telling herself... 

His reputation precluded him… 

Scoundrel. Scapegrace. Soldier. That’s how he’s known…and not in that order. Tristan Poplar, now Baron Bolingbroke, has lost everything. Upon learning of his father’s dubious role in the disappearance of the rightful Maxwell heir he’s lost not only his title and wealth, but also his respectability. He’s determined to restore his honor at all costs. However, honor proves a tricky thing – as does self-restraint—the more time he spends with alluring Poppy Tidemore. His best course of action is to avoid her, but when Poppy presents Tristan with a legitimate offer he can’t refuse, both enter with clear heads and uninvolved hearts. 

Except, the more time they spend together, their arrangement blossoms into something more. And when an unexpected opportunity comes along for Tristan to restore his name, he’ll have to decide which matters most: fighting for honor or fighting for Poppy’s love. 

If you have read any of the Tidemore series, then you would know that the Tidemore's always seems to be in the center of scandal! And now there was only Poppy left, there was a bet on the books that is wasn’t a matter of IF Poppy was going to be embroiled in a scandal, but when! 

But we are getting ahead of ourselves because the beginning of this book doesn’t start out in a gentleman’s club! But over two years earlier in a quiet room at a ball, where Tristan Poplar, The Earl of Maxwell comes across a young woman crying, which is something he didn’t like! But it was even worse than he thought! As it was the host's sisters-in-law that was upset, Lady Poppy Tidemore. 

But this was a side to Poppy that Tristan had never seen before! The vulnerability was clear on her face, as well as the defeat! This was not the Poppy that he chatted so well with! Determined to find out what was wrong, he nearly caused her to ruin herself! But by the end of that night, a pact was made that one of them had forgotten instantly! And the other thought it would never be needed. 

But two and a half years later, everything had changed in their world, and the pact seems like the only solution! 

This book is magnificent! Truly stunning! Poppy’s story was always going to be a tricky one for the author to write, as many of the readers have placed Poppy onto a pedestal, but Author Christi Caldwell has truly succeeded in all expectations of what this book would be (in my humble opinion) and has knocked it out of the park! 

There is only one rating this book could ever have and that is 5 stars!

USA Today Bestselling author, Christi Caldwell blames Judith McNaught's "Whitney, My Love," for luring her into the world of historical romance. While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the University of Connecticut, Christi decided to set aside her notes and try her hand at writing romance. She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections and she rather enjoys tormenting them before crafting a well-deserved happily ever after! 

Christi makes her home in Southern Connecticut where she spends her time writing, chasing around her feisty six-year-old son and caring for her twin princesses in training!

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