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NOVEL REVIEW: THE TASTE OF INNOCENCE BY STEPHANIE LAURENS


Eiyo Fadneiras,

Fadima Mooneira is back after taking two weeks break from blogging. Did you guys miss me? Hehehe... I miss you guys too ^_^ On the first week, I went for a one-week retreat in Phuket. And for the second week, I was busy with the Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair 2023 (PBAKL 2023). My novel, Fail Merah took part in the Ruang Mandiri. Syukur alhamdulillah. It was an awesome experience. I am forever grateful for the experience and already missing PBAKL ^_^

However, I'm not here to share with you guys about the book fair. But Insya-Allah, I will share about it on my author's website, F. Mooneira's Bookshelf around this week. Today, I want to share my review of a historical romance novel titled The Taste Of Innocence (TTOI). This novel is written by Stephanie Laurens. Now let's begin today's objective with Stephanie Laurens's bio...


ABOUT STEPHANIE LAURENS

New York Times bestselling author~ Stephanie Laurens (Image: writerswrite.com)

Stephanie Laurens is a New York Times bestselling author. All of her stories are set in the British Regency era to early Victorian times. Laurens has published over 70 historical romance novels, and all of them have been translated into many other languages. 40 of her novels are listed as bestsellers.  

Laurens begins writing romantic stories as a hobby. Her hobby quickly became a career when her first novel was accepted by a publisher. And the rest was history.


ABOUT THE TASTE OF INNOCENCE


The Taste Of Innocence (TTOI) is the 15 book in the Cynster series. The story is set in the Regency era, the year 1833. The story follows a handsome man named Charles Morwellan. Charles is the eighth Earl of Meredith. 

Charles does not want to fall in love even though he has observed many happy Cynester unions. It is all because he once watched his father's obsessive love nearly destroy their family. However, Charles knows his duty as the Earl of Meredith. He must find a bride and sire an heir.

Sarah Conningham is beautiful and bright. Charles went to the Conninghams' land. And he proposes to Sarah. But to Charles' surprise, Sarah refuses to wed him if he has no love for her. Sarah wants to marry for love. So she challenges Charles to sweep her off her feet. Charles accepts Sarah's challenge and he is determined to win her. 

Charles courts Sarah with excruciating propriety during the day. While during the night he spirits her away into the moonlit gardens and tutors her in the art of passion. Umm...wow!!! Sarah finds herself smitten with Charles. She agrees to marry him. Sarah believes Charles is the true lover of her dreams.

After their wedding, Charles returns to his old self leaving Sarah wondering which man she actually married - the controlled aristocrat, or the lover whose touch leaves her gasping. But then, Sarah finds out that her life is in danger. So will Charles protect Sarah? And will the threat make Charles realizes his love for Sarah?


MY REVIEW OF THE TASTE OF INNOCENCE


Firstly, this novel is quite an enjoyable read. I like Laurens' writing style for this novel. The writing style is very chic and sexy. Laurens describes all the spicy scenes so well. Ooohhh!!! :P

Besides the writing style, I also like some of the characters in this novel. And my favorite character in TTOI is Sarah Conningham. To me, Sarah is a very bright female lead. She is smart and quick-witted. Plus, she's also kind and has a soft spot for children.



To be honest, TTOI is the first Stephanie Laurens novel I've read. I haven't read her other works yet. So I can't compare TTOI with Laurens' other novels. And I still can't declare myself as a member of her fandom yet. I need to read at least two more of her works. And I'm planning to check them. After all, she's one of the historical romance queens and a New York Times bestseller. Btw, any recommendations, guys? Hehehe ^_^

Last but not least, I rate this novel 8/10. And I like to recommend TTOI to my fellow bookworms who are into the historical romance genre. I also give this novel a 5/5 spiciness rating. 5/5 means this novel is not suitable for those who are under 18. Sorry under 18 teenagers. All the lovemaking scenes in this novel are just too spicy:P


Ok, so this is my review of The Taste Of Innocence by Stephanie Laurens. Thank you for reading this review. I will see you guys again in my next post. Take care ^_^


XoXo,

Fadima Mooneira ^_^

(Authorpreneur, Content Creator, Blogger & Illustrator)



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  1. I have a Stephanie Lauren's book, A lady of his own, but I haven't read it yet. Maybe I should give it a try.

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    1. A Lady Of His Own. The title sounds interesting. I should check that out. Thank you ❤️❤️❤️

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  2. I like reading books where the main characters are kind and smart. It makes it easier to sympathize with the characters.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this review - sounds like an interested read!

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  4. The plot sounds interesting! Maybe I should try looking for this title πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

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    1. Yeah! It was quite an enjoyable read. But still I masih x in lagi dgn Stephanie Laurens nyer writing.

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  5. Sounds like a good read for those that like a bit of spice!

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  6. This sounds like a lovely romantic read. Great review!

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    1. Yeah, the lovemaking scenes and dialogues are vavavoom!!!!!!!!!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

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  7. It will interesting to read what you think when you read some more books of here, this sounds like you enjoyed this introduction to this author! Thanks for sharing, it sounds very sultry!

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  8. I had never heard of the Regency era before, so I had to Google it to see what time period it covers. Learnt something new today

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    1. The Regency era took place before the Victorian era.

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  9. Wow, the pictures you shared make it quite clear this is a spicy read! Glad to hear the heroine is smart and kind though, and that you enjoyed this novel :)

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    1. Hehehe πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

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  10. Welcome back Fadima! Great review. Sweet and spicy... this sounds like a great book to read this summer.

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    1. Yesssssssss, it can be a good read. Romance is always in season.

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  11. I've been wanting to read The Taste Of Innocence for a good while I think this gave me the final push to finally get started on it :D

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    1. Go for it, babe πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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  12. Another awesome review Fadima. Looks like a great read. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. A great review! The book sounds a bit cheesy, but I would totally love it! A bit of period drama and intruigue, it sounds perfect! :) Sim

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    1. Yes, historical romance stories are enjoyable to read.

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  14. This sounds like such an interesting read. I've haven't heard of the author before. But I do like period dramas. Sam - Thrift Plan Enjoy

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  15. A lovely review with a great score 8/10. Sounds good.

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  16. I haven't read any books by Stephanie Laurens, but that's impressive she has so many bestselling books! The Taste of Innocence does sound like a great romance book, and I like that it's set in the Regency era.

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    1. I also love stories that set in the regency and victorian era.

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