ONCE UPON A LADY by Addie Jo Ryleigh
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All it takes is Fate to entice him with the very thing he never wanted.


The Soul Mate Tree

Addie Jo Ryleigh

Releasing Aug 16, 2017

Soul Mate Publishing

Respectable Lady Katherine Baxton, striving to meet the requirements of her station, has become the ultimate dutiful daughter. And now, the Duke of Blackthorn’s betrothed. Far from a love match, Kate is nevertheless determined to do as expected and marry. That all changes the night she panics at her impending future and runs, stumbling upon a private grove, a mysterious tree. . . and a half-naked man.
The youngest son of a viscount widely thought to have purchased his title, Jackson Cooper demonstrates his disdain for the aristocracy by affording himself every luxury available—drinking, wenching, and gambling—while eschewing anything representing the ton. Jackson has little care for his reputation and no desire to marry. His escape from London is all but complete.
Until fate—in the form of a beautiful, mysterious lady—interrupts his plans, enticing him with the very thing he never wanted.
Amount of sex 1 / 5
How explicit 1 / 5
Story 3.5 / 5
Overall: 3.5 / 5

Once Upon a Lady is short and sweet. Kate wants to fulfill her duty to her stoic father. Jackson wants to get out of the country and get away from any responsibility concerning his family. Then at a ball, they both escape to the garden – Jackson with his hands all over a woman’s bosom and Kate agape at the spectacle. They both feel the pull of the mystical tree that seems to attract them to each other and sets them on a path of discovery and love.

Once Upon a Lady, while rooted with a mystical soul tree, it is really not about the tree and the tree doesn’t play that big a part of the story – it just shows up every once in a while in a well-placed garden to entice our couple to find each other. Kate is very determined and a likable character. Jackson’s character is a little more vague, although still likeable. I wish the writer spent more time with Jackson.

The story is boy meets girl and boy believes the tree is making them do stuff they ordinarily wouldn’t do. Besides what to do about each other and their pending obligations and Jackson wishing to avoid his, there are no other plot aspects introduced. Kate’s intended fiance is a really nice guy – no mustache twirling and he just wishes Kate to be happy. Very Sweet!
Once Upon a Lady is a light read and sweet story, but not remarkable.

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Rating Report
Amount of sex
1 / 5
How explicit
1 / 5
3.5 / 5
Overall: 3.5 / 5