Review: Compromising Kessen by Rachel Van Dyken


Compromising Kessen by Rachel Van Dyken
Re-release Date: July 6, 2014
Publisher: self published
Pages: 285
Source: Book provided by author for review



The last thing career-driven Kessen wants is to leave her home in Colorado to spend a few months in London, far away from her job, her friends and the memories of her mother. However, her father, the Earl of Newberry, threatens to disinherit her unless she gets in touch with her English roots. She complies, but has no intention of enjoying the experience.

That is until she meets Christian Vandenbrook, the arrogant and irritatingly handsome future Duke of Albany and her father’s business partner. Unfortunately, Christian hates Americans. And coffee. And apparently, Kessen. A hatred this passionate can only lead to one thing… marriage.

Caught in the middle of a Regency-inspired nightmare, Kessen and Christian are forced to marry in only one week’s time. Resigned to their fate, the two resolve to give the relationship a chance – which would be much easier if everyone would stop interrupting them every time they found a moment alone.

Can a historical inspired setting be the thing to ignite their passion? Or will the situation be the death of what could have been a timeless love?


Review: I am not one that usually enjoy a historical romance and because of that I had been a little hesitant about reading Compromising Kessen. This book is a perfect example of don’t judge a book by its cover. This is not a historical romance at all. This is an amazing book set in present time that looks into what it is like to be part of the high society with old money in Europe.

What an amazing love story. Kessen and Christian have an instant connection that neither one of them wants to admit. The relationship between the two of the advances faster than any that I have ever seen but Rachael makes this happen seamlessly. This book is 285 pages but takes place over a week. It is amazing how so much can happen in only the span of a week.

One of my favorite parts is the comic relief that is given from both of their best friends Duncan and Nick. They have the best intentions to help but cause the most mischief. Through it all they all stuck together and made it through.

I love the way I was pulled into the story and immersed into their world. The desire to learn so much about the history of Europe and how things were in the time of old money when it was new is so intriguing. Because of the many emotions that pulled me into this book and the desire to learn so much more about a subject I wasn’t aware I had a desire to learn about I am giving this a 5 rose rating.

Favorite Quote: “Don’t upset the beast; she’ll make it worse. Leave her be. For the love of all that is holy, leaver her be!”