Review: Heart’s Debt by Cheryl Holt

Heart’s Debt by Cheryl Holt
Series: Lost Lords (# 5)
Release Date:  March 15, 2016
Publisher: self published
Pages: 389
Source: book provided by the author for review

 

 

Three little lost lords, cast to the winds of fate…

CHERYL HOLT tantalized readers around the globe with her Lost Lords of Radcliffe trilogy. She continues to dazzle with yet another story from the trilogy. In the three novels, no character was more fascinating or intriguing than the mysterious Mr. Drummond…

DAMIAN DRUMMOND had his life ruined when he was wrongly convicted of a crime and sent to the penal colonies in Australia. He survived the ordeal by dreaming of the vengeance he would one day extract from those who’d wronged him. With his sentence complete, he’s grown incredibly wealthy through criminal enterprise, and he’s returned to England, intent on revenge. He begins by buying the bankrupt Kirkwood estate from the wastrel and gambler who betrayed him…

GEORGINA FOGARTY has never been anything but a poor relative. She grew up at Kirkwood with her rich, spoiled cousins. Though she’s worked hard to earn their favor and show her gratitude, she’s never felt welcome or appreciated. When Damian arrives and announces he owns Kirkwood, that her cousin has gambled it away, Georgina is willing to make any sacrifice to save her family’s home. But when she begs Damian for mercy, she has no idea of the high price he will insist she pay…

 

Review:  Here’s the thing about Cheryl Holt, she will always, and I do mean always, stretch you as a reader. She makes you want to hate characters while at the same time giving them one solid redeeming quality that has you feeling sorry for them.

I hated the beginning of this book.
I hated the middle.
I hated the end.

And then I fell in love with the hate I had for it and wanted to strangle something.

It was different, poignant, beautiful, heart breaking, and I think above all else it was realistic of the era. Miss Holt took a very real situation of gambling, debts, revenge, losing property and turned it into a story that to me as a reader I wanted to hate, but actually made sense. It’s not always about butterflies and rainbows, especially in the regency era.

Miles has lost his home. He gambled it away with cards, he’s an idiot, but he’s also a silver spoon fed aristocrats who has never had to work a day in his life. He thinks if only he complains enough to his mother things will be okay.

And don’t even get me started on his mother Augusta, a more selfish woman I’ve never read.

This story was hard to read mainly because I wanted so badly to love everyone, to tie a bow around the whole family picture and clap my hands while the two main characters kissed and made up.

If that’s the story you want, you won’t get it here.

Damian has been hell bent on revenge since his grandfathers death, since he was wrongly sent away by a spoiled brat. He seeks revenge in the only way he knows how–by taking everything Miles has ever had and making his entire family suffer for it.  Damian had one redeeming quality and that was his revenge, as a reader you want to love him you want to be attracted to him, to like him, this literally doesn’t happen until the very end and even then you’re still sitting there wondering if he really means the things he says or if he’s just that talented of a liar.

Georgina was a strong willed woman, I immediately loved her, and then hated her and then loved her again. She put up with so much and I wanted to hate her for it but at the same time I know she really had no other choice other than being kicked out into the streets.  She was brave and innocent and all of the things you imagine she would be when approached by someone who spent most of his life in Australia serving time for merely stealing in order to survive.

The story of them together is beautiful but you may have moments where you want to throw your kindle or simply BEG for them to see past their own insecurities and just be with one another.

There was a lot going on in the story and at times I did find it trying, but it was worth it in the end. Aren’t all books? I loved the ending, and I loved that It wasn’t one of those books that was so predictable that you could yawn your way through then do a little cheer once everything was okay.

It was beautiful. I hated it. I loved it. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good solid regency romance.