ARC Review: The Hellion is Tamed by Tracy Sumner

About the Book:

Title: The Hellion is Tamed

Author: Tracy Sumner

Series: League of Lords

Publication Date: June 22, 2021

Synopsis: She traveled through time to find him…

Victorian historical romance with a sexy splash of the supernatural.

Ready for the Simon’s story of forbidden love, time travel and intrigue? The Hellion is Tamed is in the steamy Victorian paranormal romance series Publishers Weekly calls, “A superpowered twist on Victorian romance!”

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My Review:

Simon and Emma have a love story that transcends time. Their story begins ten years after the conclusion of book three in the League of Lords series. Simon is now a successful businessman with a trail of women, but he has never forgotten Emma. The problem? She’s a time traveler who lives decades in the past, she abandoned him, and she stole something valuable from his family. However, knowing of her tragic fate, Simon is unrelenting in his search for a way to the past to save her.

When Simon brings Emma back to his time, he is determined to save her and then wash his hands of her. He hasn’t forgiven her for abandoning him ten years ago. She, in turn, hasn’t forgiven him for his transgressions. Can this pair forgive the wounds from the past and seek a happier future together, or will doubts, fears, and a person who wants to force Emma back to her own time stand in their way?

The last time we saw Simon, he was a young man. Now, he’s a bit older and much harder than he was before, and, though successful and loved by his family, Simon has many internal struggles. Because of his fears, he has closed himself off to everyone except those closest to him, and he does not want to let Emma in. He is slow to trust, as is she. They actually have a lot in common, including their stubborn pride, recklessness, upbringing, and dislike of their respective gifts.

You lose yourself dissecting the boundaries between who you were and who you are, Mac. It’s a tireless route, bouncing between them. When is there time to simply live?

The enemies-to-lovers romance between Emma and Simon is filled with angst and frustration and so much chemistry. Connected by their past, both feel betrayed by different things that happened, and because they couldn’t and still don’t communicate, they’ve never fully discussed what occurred. I think this lack of communication and assumptions that were made led to much of their conflict. They are blinded by their strong feelings for each other, and their hurt is deep. I don’t think they’d be as hurt and angry with each other if they didn’t deeply care for one another. However, it’s clear that they care deeply for each other. They both try so hard to resist their feeling, but they always end up gravitating toward each other. Neither is perfect, and they both make mistakes, which leads to some interesting situations and conversations. However, their long-time love for each other is strong and filled with explosive chemistry!

This is a wonderful continuation of the League of Lords series with messages of forgiveness, letting go of the past, learning to trust, and embracing love. It’s also lovely to see what some of the characters in the previous books are doing. Since ten years have passed, they have all grown and changed. I loved hearing about and seeing some of the newer additions to the family and how each couple has fared.

The threat of Emma being returned to her time looms over Simon and Emma. Their constant fears, Emma’s uncontrolled gift, and the person trying to find her add suspense and tension to the story. Other elements, like Simon’s ghost companion (love him!), the time-traveling, and more also help to create an interesting and unique story. I think readers who enjoy historical romance with a supernatural spin will enjoy this book. You can probably read this as a standalone novel, but many of the characters are introduced or are the focus of previous books in the series, so you would probably benefit from reading those. Thanks so much to Tracy Sumner for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.


Favorite Parts:

  • The romance!
  • The unique supernatural abilities.
  • The characters.

Favorite Lines:

I were a writer, and I started composing my thoughts during my last life and continued straight through to my next, I still wouldn’t have enough time to put into words all I feel for you.

Society, no matter what year you chanced to meet them in, was a poisonous bunch.

Like a church bell, his nearness reverberated through her, even if the noise was one she didn’t wish to hear.

Allegiance, when one has been mistreated, wasn’t easily given or gained.

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