Author: Elise de Sallier
Series: A Forbidden Love
Number in Series: 2
Format: ARC PDF (Netgalley)
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Historical Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads
In the much awaited conclusion to Innocence, (A Forbidden Love, Book One) Nathaniel, the Marquis of Marsden, is left reeling at the revelation of Lisa's royal heritage. Keeping her safe has always been his priority, and he is determined to protect her . . . from the King's machinations, their enemies, and her own overly generous nature if necessary. But first, he must make amends for taking advantage of her innocence.
Although overjoyed to be reunited with Nathaniel, Lisa fears she made a better mistress than she will a marchioness. Longing for a return to the freedom they shared when he thought her a commoner, she does her best to live up to his—and society's—expectations, but she's only willing to compromise so far. Being kept in the dark is no longer an option. Despite the unexpected pleasure she discovered in Nathaniel's arms, if there is one thing Lisa has learned . . . ignorance is far from bliss.
10 things we don't know about Elise de Sallier:
1. Where did you grow up?
In a small Australian country town.
2. How do you get into creative writing and how did you find the confidence to finally publish?
I started writing fan fiction almost four years ago for a bit of fun, to escape the pressure of my job as a counsellor and family therapist, and to placate my frustrated 'writer's muse'. My first story did surprisingly well, and I made lots of friends amongst other Twilight fan fiction authors, 'betas', and readers. A Forbidden Love was my second story, did even better, receiving over 12000 reviews, 1.2 million hits, and the interest of The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House (the original publishers of the Fifty Shades novels) who asked me if I'd be interested in submitting a story for publication.
3. What is your favourite regency novel?
The last one I read (as long as it wasn't terrible!) tends to be my favourite. I'm a long time fan of Stephanie Laurens, but I've recently discovered Courtney Milan and Erin Knightley, both wonderful writers of both Regency and Victorian historical romances.
4. What is your dream job?
I loved being a counsellor but it's hard to beat writing full time! Earning a living from it would be my dream come true. :)
5. Do you have any pets?
A fluffy Maltese Shidzu cross, called Max, who sees me as direct competition for my husband's affection and is constantly trying to prove he is higher than me on the pecking order!
6. If you were living in Regency times, what station would you prefer to be at (a maid-duchess)? Why?
Good question! While it's nice to dream of being a lady of leisure with a titled husband, city and country estates, servants and the like, the reality for women living in the 1800s was that they were usually powerless, almost entirely controlled by their fathers and then the husbands that were chosen for them (they were lucky to have any say), and patronised to a degree most of us would find unbearable. As you'll discover from reading Innocence, being a servant was a hellish job, with ridiculously long hours, pitiful wages, and next to no rights. The more I research the times, the more I wonder why we romanticise them! So, to answer your question, I think I'd choose to be a member of the demimonde, an artist or writer . . . independently wealthy of course. Courted by the most eligible men, though not necessarily for matrimony, I'd be a woman whose opinions and talents are as valued as much as her appearance. Hmm....still dreaming, it seems. ;)
7. If you could write an alternative ending to the Forbidden Love
series, what would it be?
series, what would it be?
This question made me laugh! I adore Protection's ridiculously satisfying happy ending, but I originally had a different ending in mind for A Forbidden Love. I originally intended for Lisa to go to London for her debut, discover Nathaniel hadn't married Lucinda, and arrange to meet him in a carriage where she seduces him and says she's decided to take up his offer to become his mistress. Although heartbroken that she'll never be able to see her beloved father again, she can't bear to be apart from Nathaniel and has come up with an elaborate plan to fake her death and hide from society. He allows himself to be seduced, says he will make all the arrangements, then tells her he needs to go away for a few days to put her plan in motion. He returns a week later with a black eye and Lisa's father, having confessed all, and convinces her to marry him despite the risk to his inheritance. While fun, this plan had more holes than plot, plus I knew my fanfic readers would flame me to a crisp over Lisa's decision, so I went back to the drawing board and came up with the twist that occurs towards the end of Innocence. My readers loved it, and it opened up the exciting possibilities for the story that fills Protection's pages.
8. What is your favourite hobby (besides writing)?
Snorkelling is my favourite, but I also love reading (of course!), going for long walks with my lovely husband and his dog, body boarding, babysitting my gorgeous granddaughter, and brain-storming story ideas with my playwright daughter.
9. Being a new author, what is something that has shocked you about this profession, that you didn't expect?
I had no idea editing could be such a long and torturous process. I was also surprised by how much of the marketing authors are expected to do for themselves, as well as the amount of time I'd have to spend on social media.
10. Have you ever met or seen any famous people?
Thirty years ago, on a trip to Bali with my husband, we stayed at the same resort as Yul Brynner and sat next to his table in a restaurant one night...and that's it!
Protection is the sequel to Elise de Sallier's A Forbidden Love series. I really really enjoyed this sequel a lot. All of our favorite characters are back, some I was more happy to see than others. This time around we see Nathaniel and Lisa are preparing for their wedding. As excited as they are for their upcoming marriage, they have a lot of issues to work through. First, they have to make sure the king will approve of their marriage. Lisa has learned of something about her heritage and that has made her life even more difficult than she thought. On top of her new found discovery, she has to figure out how to protect herself from those who want to ruin her reputation or worse.
I liked this read even more than the first. I loved seeing Lisa break out of her shell. Her pretending to be a maid in the first book has opened her eyes to so many things. She is no longer oblivious to how marriage is expected to work or what happens to girls less fortunate than her. i loved how strong-willed she was. She never backed down from what she wanted. It made me love her more in this book because of her strength. No matter what people said or did, she held her head up high. She was the center of gossip, but she never let that faze her. I also loved Nathaniel. He knows his actions have made Lisa's life more difficult. I love that he sees things from her end though. He knows he must do right by her. I was rooting for them from the get go. They have to go through so much because of society's ridiculous rules. I was so happy to see them push through.
The story was very thrilling in this book as well. We know Lord Copeland is on the run for what he did. But Lord Copeland isn't going to take Lisa and her father's refusal lightly. He has other things up his sleeve for Lisa. He is making money through a terrible trade; selling and buying girls as young ad five to the highest bidder. Since Lisa is trying her best to help girls who have been kidnapped and/or forced into prostitution, she is making Copeland even more angry. I loved how Nathaniel was against it considering her station and what they found happens in other charity houses, but soon understood what she was saying and wanted to help her just as much.
I really love these characters and this story. Lisa and Nathaniel's fight for each other was so inspiring. They both have to face adversities and I love how they stood up for each other no matter what. I really loved Nathaniel's sister, Rebecca and her romance with Nathaniel's best friend, Hugh. I wish we could get more of a story between them. You can tell they really want each other and hearing Rebecca talk about them sometimes cracked me up. She can be quite forward at times. I don't read a lot of these Regency era romances, but goodness, this is one not to miss. It is Jane Austen with a lot of steam. I love it! This is a real page-turner. I just couldn't put it down. The ending was so beautiful. It really put a smile on my face. Sallier knows how to put together one hell of a story. I loved Innocence and I love this as well. I am putting Sallier on my must read list and you should too. You won't be sorry.
*This book belongs to the following challenges*
The Book Vixen's 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
The Book Vixen's 2014 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
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