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Brighton Road/The Sugar Rose (2-in-1 Regency Romance) - Susan Carroll Brighton Road The road to Brighton is paved with one misadventure after another! Susan Carroll does it again with some of her classic OOPs, with Brighton Road filled with an authoress trying to help a Baron that doesn’t want her help, win the heart of the one he wants to marry, with a little help from her gothic novels of course. This book was full of laughs from start to finish, Gwenda, the author is fun, and loveable, but at times a little bit to naive in dealing with people. Although her great dog and one of the best animal characters ever Spotted Bert at times is a total scene stealer. As Gwen tries to help Lord Ravenel get the starch out a little and break out of his lonely shell. Ravenel was also very fun with at times his dry wit and how he always losing his temper with Gwen as he saves her from some trouble she’s gotten herself into over and over again. These two were like day and night, but so perfect for one another as both help each other live a little and think little before going head first into trouble. SC humor is in full force with some of the crazy things that happen to Ravenl and Gwen on their way to Brighton. And boy, do they get into some very funny trouble. While the trouble is funny, at times it felt like a little to much and to outlandish, but thankfully doesn’t keep the reader from reading. Overall: a whole lot of fun and a cute romance in bloom!Sugar Rose In regencies you always seem to have the willow thin heroine, but in Sugar Rose, that idea goes out the window with a heroine a little on the heavy side, willing to work to better herself for the one she loves, until she starts to see the one she really loves may be right under her nose. I adored Sugar Rose, with trademark SC humor and wit, the romance was very up front compare to her other classic novels. With a somewhat unusual but very relatable lead female character in Aurelia Sinclair , whom happens to love a little to much sweets (but whom doesn’t) and has been in love with her childhood sweetheart for as long as she could remember. Sadly, he doesn’t even see her, which in her heart saddens her deeply as he forgets her as he proposes which has been a family agreement then going on his merry way to London to be with his new mistress. Aurelia is heartbroken, until faced with an option from her fiancé’s best friend. Mr.Everard Ramsey. Everard from the start saw Aurelia as she was inside, a beautiful woman. He always sees what her fiancé actions do to her, setting out to prove something to not only Aurelia fiancé but to Aurelia herself but maybe to himself as well, he helps her change herself into a swan. Aurelia and Everard really grow through the story as they see beyond the masks their forced to wear. Everard is the true romantic hiding behind the mask of a dandy, while he also faces money trouble by taking a chance on a shipment. Everard is one of those heros you just love. Period. He sees beyond those around him, seeing Aurelia and attractive to her from the very start, another wonderful thing about him. Even willing to give up Aurelia to the man he thinks (she thinks) she loves. And a romantic at heart finally let’s his heart lead him to his lady love. Aurelia hides behinds a easy humor and charm, but as she starts to lose the weight and finally has the attention of her fiancé, she sees she doesn’t really want it, she opens her eyes and see the man whom she truly love, is her own tutor. Aurelia was also a very great lead, she just understood where she was coming from, but as she hide in her shell, she’s also missing out on life and never really seeing people. When she finally comes out from her shell, we finally see what Everard saw and knew along and saw the bright star she truly was. And the romantic ending just made you sigh happily.Overall: a wonderful story with a prince seeing the princess for she even knew her own beauty before the magical transformation. Very cute and so romantic!