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A brand-new deliciously wicked romance series from USA Today Bestselling Author Kerrigan Byrne. The Goode Girls are aren't simply good, they're stunning. Doctor Titus Conleith emerged from his time as a battlefield surgeon with a mysterious fortune, a lethal secret, and a demon on his back. Ruthlessly intelligent, he was able to lift himself from his beginnings as coal-stai A brand-new deliciously wicked romance series from USA Today Bestselling Author Kerrigan Byrne. The Goode Girls are aren't simply good, they're stunning. Doctor Titus Conleith emerged from his time as a battlefield surgeon with a mysterious fortune, a lethal secret, and a demon on his back. Ruthlessly intelligent, he was able to lift himself from his beginnings as coal-stained bastard through merciless discipline and inexhaustible skill. Alone by choice, he swore never to open his heart to another. Not after Honoria Goode. The heiress who shattered his hopes and then tread upon the shards of his heart with her bejeweled slippers. The beauty with whom he shared his first taste of passion, before she gave her hand to another. The woman whose life he just saved from bleeding out on his table... Honoria's life as a Viscountess has been nothing but a misery she'd brought upon herself with her own cowardice. Trapped for years in a loveless marriage to a cruel rake, she has been widowed by the consequences of his villainy. Now, she must face the man with the blazing golden eyes of the boy she once worshiped, and the dark past they both share. As their passion reignites with the same fervor of their youth, Honoria can't help but begin to wonder... Will he allow her the second chance she doesn't deserve?


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A brand-new deliciously wicked romance series from USA Today Bestselling Author Kerrigan Byrne. The Goode Girls are aren't simply good, they're stunning. Doctor Titus Conleith emerged from his time as a battlefield surgeon with a mysterious fortune, a lethal secret, and a demon on his back. Ruthlessly intelligent, he was able to lift himself from his beginnings as coal-stai A brand-new deliciously wicked romance series from USA Today Bestselling Author Kerrigan Byrne. The Goode Girls are aren't simply good, they're stunning. Doctor Titus Conleith emerged from his time as a battlefield surgeon with a mysterious fortune, a lethal secret, and a demon on his back. Ruthlessly intelligent, he was able to lift himself from his beginnings as coal-stained bastard through merciless discipline and inexhaustible skill. Alone by choice, he swore never to open his heart to another. Not after Honoria Goode. The heiress who shattered his hopes and then tread upon the shards of his heart with her bejeweled slippers. The beauty with whom he shared his first taste of passion, before she gave her hand to another. The woman whose life he just saved from bleeding out on his table... Honoria's life as a Viscountess has been nothing but a misery she'd brought upon herself with her own cowardice. Trapped for years in a loveless marriage to a cruel rake, she has been widowed by the consequences of his villainy. Now, she must face the man with the blazing golden eyes of the boy she once worshiped, and the dark past they both share. As their passion reignites with the same fervor of their youth, Honoria can't help but begin to wonder... Will he allow her the second chance she doesn't deserve?

30 review for Courting Trouble

  1. 5 out of 5

    EmBibliophile

    3 stars I didn’t know that this was a spin-off to the Victorian rebels series which was a pleasant surprise. It was nice seeing a certain someone again!! I really enjoyed most of the books I read by Kerrigan Byrne. This might not be on my top books by her, but it’s still a good start for what’s to come in the series. I enjoyed it enough to finish it in one setting. My main issue is that it was so short and kinda fast. I don’t think we get enough of the two mains characters together. I wanted to s 3 stars I didn’t know that this was a spin-off to the Victorian rebels series which was a pleasant surprise. It was nice seeing a certain someone again!! I really enjoyed most of the books I read by Kerrigan Byrne. This might not be on my top books by her, but it’s still a good start for what’s to come in the series. I enjoyed it enough to finish it in one setting. My main issue is that it was so short and kinda fast. I don’t think we get enough of the two mains characters together. I wanted to see more of them with each other. And to get to know them more? This just felt like an intro for the next books. This wasn’t as dark as the other Kerrigan Byrne books that I’ve read, but it was still full of some action. It’s kinda the basic second chance romance of two young lovers separated due to difference in class with a martyr heroine and a sweet hero. I enjoyed the book but I didn’t care about these two so much honestly. HOWEVER, I’ve got my eyes on the next book because that sneak peak we got made me so freakin excited for it! Because the hero is like the “bad guy” and I think I like both him and the heroine already. Huge thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this copy

  2. 5 out of 5

    Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers

    Here's the thing: the writing is good. Or at least, this particular book's writing is good. I seem to recall I sometimes had issues with this author's style in the past. It's passionate. Angsty. Pulling at emotions I like to pull. BUT. The damn heroine!! From the first page I didn't like her! Later her sisters paint her like a role-reversal of being the "heroic rake" - bc she took lovers while married, lovers who her jealous husband killed, who looked like her "true love" and enjoyed it. The "Hero Here's the thing: the writing is good. Or at least, this particular book's writing is good. I seem to recall I sometimes had issues with this author's style in the past. It's passionate. Angsty. Pulling at emotions I like to pull. BUT. The damn heroine!! From the first page I didn't like her! Later her sisters paint her like a role-reversal of being the "heroic rake" - bc she took lovers while married, lovers who her jealous husband killed, who looked like her "true love" and enjoyed it. The "Hero" on the other hand, is much more restrained, tho he's also certainly taken lovers (or rather "the few" of those women he had took him) in the 10 yrs they were apart. Had one when they re-met as well. This kind of stuff in general and here in particular PISSES ME OFF. not so much bc of adultery or having sex with other ppl, but bc BOTH CHARACTERS WERE IN LOVE AND ALWAYS HAVE BEEN BUT COULDN'T GET THEIR SHIT TOGETHER! Case in point - why couldn't she pick HIM when she decided to have a lover who looked like him? her answer was that her crazy husband would kill him. Hmm. And all this 10 years of separation only came to a close bc the crazy husband shot her, and got shot dead in return by her sister's protective husband. So.... If this didn't come to pass, if her crazy husband hadn't been killed and she hadn't been bleeding to death demanding to be taken to HIS hospital, they would never have gotten back together?? Later she does a (stupid) grand gesture to win him back and find a way for the 2 of them together. Eh... you couldn't have thought of this sooner within the 10 years???? OK, I get that both of you were too young when you entered like a martyr into a loveless marriage to "save him," and unlucky you, your husband turned out to be a maniac. And then she was like - if only I loved my husband or had any respect for him, maybe things would be diff... as in maybe he wouldn't have been crazy? or dead? or you wouldn't now be with your "ONE TRUE LOVE"?? I mean, it was just plain unsatisfying! This whole plot and these 2 characters! Even the Hero, who is the type of Hero I like, did barely anything and it was all about the heroine and I REALLY don't like her... that whole thing just ruined it for me. 2.5 rounded up for the good writing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stacey is Sassy

    There is only one man who can save her… I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Honoria Goode finding her happy ever after. When I was first introduced to her, she seemed shallow, selfish and a bit of a princess. It wasn’t until she put her life in danger to protect her sister, we realise that nothing is as it seems. Courting Trouble gives us the real Nora and introduces us to the only man she’s ever loved, who will save her … again. Titus Conleith has made something of himself. From a dirty kid doin There is only one man who can save her… I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Honoria Goode finding her happy ever after. When I was first introduced to her, she seemed shallow, selfish and a bit of a princess. It wasn’t until she put her life in danger to protect her sister, we realise that nothing is as it seems. Courting Trouble gives us the real Nora and introduces us to the only man she’s ever loved, who will save her … again. Titus Conleith has made something of himself. From a dirty kid doing any job for a roof over his head and a few scraps of food, to a well-respected doctor, Titus knows how to work hard to get what he wants. He’s had a hard life, but he overcame many obstacles to be where he is now. Working as a medic in the war, and stitching up hardened criminals, were nothing compared to the torture of trying to save the only woman he has ever loved. She’s also the only woman who has broken his heart. It was a tough journey to happy ever after for Titus and Honoria. While it was obvious that this couple were meant for each other, I hated that Honoria’s father was the obstacle to their happiness. Their first attempt at love was thwarted because of Honoria’s fear. Their second attempt nearly came to the same conclusion, but maturity makes them look beyond what is right in front of them. Finally, with Titus’ help, Nora realises that her father isn’t the only one who can make decisions for her. She realises, with a good man at her side, she can make her own decisions and control her destiny. While I really enjoyed Courting Trouble, I felt like it was missing something. This is going to sound bad, but I missed the journey from darkness to light that I’ve come to expect from Kerrigan Byrne. Sure, it wasn’t all sunshine and roses, but I never had to brace for attacks, betrayals, or deplorable injustices. I kind of missed the emotional rollercoaster of starting with a horror show to finishing with a giddy smile on my face. It was good, just not the same…which for some is probably good. 😉 I have to tell you that I am REALLY looking forward to Mercy and Felicity’s stories. There is this one particular scene that I loved where they both are talking to Nora about romance and mystery stories. It was something I found very easy to relate to and like them, I take my vast experience with reading romance to apply to everyday life. Both Mercy and Felicity are adamant that they never want to marry … HAHAHAHAHAHA!! Famous last words. Courting Trouble was a pleasure to read and I’m so glad I got to meet the real Honoria and the man who has been in love with her since he was a 10-year-old boy. If you are a fan of historical romance and enjoy reading about a second chance at love come good, I highly recommend giving Goode Girl Romance #2 a try. Stacey is Sassy, received an advanced copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Niki (mustreadalltheromance)

    After a humble beginning as an orphan working in an aristocratic household, Dr. Titus Conleith spent time as a battlefield surgeon and finally completed his university training with the help of a mysterious benefactor. He’s devoted to his work, but otherwise alone, knowing he cannot saddle a woman with the shattered remains of his heart. Even after twelve years he’s still angry and in love with Honoria Goode, the first love who ripped out his heart when she agreed to the marriage her father arra After a humble beginning as an orphan working in an aristocratic household, Dr. Titus Conleith spent time as a battlefield surgeon and finally completed his university training with the help of a mysterious benefactor. He’s devoted to his work, but otherwise alone, knowing he cannot saddle a woman with the shattered remains of his heart. Even after twelve years he’s still angry and in love with Honoria Goode, the first love who ripped out his heart when she agreed to the marriage her father arranged for her rather than run away with him. Honoria has always been dutiful and when her father demanded she marry Viscount Woodhaven, she agreed even knowing it made her a coward. She’s spent the past twelve years trapped in a marriage to a cruel man and now finds herself widowed and embroiled in scandal thanks to his criminal activity. Now, injured and in need of medical treatment, Honoria’s life is once again in the hands of the man she once adored and has always loved. She knows she doesn’t deserve it, but Honoria can’t help but wonder if Titus might give her a second chance to love him properly. This is one of the better and more well-executed second chance books I’ve read. I loved the fact that the pace was pretty fast and the elements which tend to annoy me with this trope didn’t really factor in for long enough to be an issue. Titus was very raw and real as a hero and I loved how he’d scraped to get to where he was and remained so intent on improving the lives of the poor. Honoria’s tendency to martyr herself and not be open with Titus was annoying, but thankfully didn’t last long thanks to her sisters talking sense into her. I loved the hero/heroine role reversal here with it being Honoria who made the grand romantic gesture to get Titus back for good and establish their HEA. The emotions here were touching, but not too over the top and I enjoyed this couple. I especially enjoyed Titus putting Honoria’s father in his place and the camaraderie between Dorian Blackwell, Carlton Morley, and Titus. I look forward to the other sisters’ stories now. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    I'm a huge fan of Kerrigan Byrne, and I've read a ton of her stuff, but Courting Trouble wasn't her strongest effort. I think it helps if you've read at least a few books in this author's Victorian Rebels series as the Goode Girls books are spin-offs. Otherwise, it feels a bit like you have been thrown in the middle of the action (it still felt like that a little to me, TBH). I love this author's angsty, angsty-pain books, and how she always puts the MCs through the ringer. All of the HEAs are h I'm a huge fan of Kerrigan Byrne, and I've read a ton of her stuff, but Courting Trouble wasn't her strongest effort. I think it helps if you've read at least a few books in this author's Victorian Rebels series as the Goode Girls books are spin-offs. Otherwise, it feels a bit like you have been thrown in the middle of the action (it still felt like that a little to me, TBH). I love this author's angsty, angsty-pain books, and how she always puts the MCs through the ringer. All of the HEAs are hard won, and I really enjoy that. However, with Courting Trouble, it felt like the female MC just got into her own way. There was a lot of communication issues, and so many things could have been resolved in an easier, less painful way. It was frustrating. Even though the book took me awhile to finish and I wasn't completely satisfied, the author still did a few things very right. I enjoyed the vibrant chemistry between the MCs (the I hate you and I love you type of energy), and the fact that one of the MCs is a doctor (I love me some medical content). Also, Kerrigan Byrne can write, and I never feel like I'm reading a book that was poorly conceived. I don't know if this particular series from this author is my favorite (I'll stick with the Devil You Know books, thank you very much), but it was still an enjoyable, if flawed, read. goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog

  6. 5 out of 5

    Missy

    10/15/2020 Update: A Dark and Stormy Knight was renamed Seducing a Stranger and is now Book 1 of the Goode Girls series. This series is available in Kindle Unlimited. 12/24/2020 Review: This is a spin-off series of Victorian Rebels series. Honoria is the older sister of the heroine (Prudence) in A Dark and Stormy Knight/Seducing a Stranger, while Mercy and Felicity are their younger twin sisters. I am looking forward to this series, particularly Mercy's books. This is a short book and I was able t 10/15/2020 Update: A Dark and Stormy Knight was renamed Seducing a Stranger and is now Book 1 of the Goode Girls series. This series is available in Kindle Unlimited. 12/24/2020 Review: This is a spin-off series of Victorian Rebels series. Honoria is the older sister of the heroine (Prudence) in A Dark and Stormy Knight/Seducing a Stranger, while Mercy and Felicity are their younger twin sisters. I am looking forward to this series, particularly Mercy's books. This is a short book and I was able to finish listening to the audiobook in one day. Interestingly, the audiobook has two narrators, Derek Perkins and Stella Hunt. It took a while to get used to Stella's narration because I'm more used to hearing just Derek's narration whenever I listen to Kerrigan Byrne's audiobooks. This book isn't as dark as the books in the Victorian Rebels series. The hero Titus doesn't have a terribly tortured, tragic past. Our heroine is actually the one with the tortured past. The twin sisters even pointed out that Honoria was the hero in her own love story and that Titus was her heroine. lol The plot is one we've seen/read several times before: young lovers separated due to class, a martyred heroine, and a second chance at love. Not one of Kerrigan Byrne's best books, so you should definitely check out her other books. We get a sneak peek at the heroes from books 3 and 4 and I for one cannot wait to read more about them!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ginger

    4.5 to 5 stars! I loved Courting Trouble, the 2nd book in the Goode Girls series! I wasn't sure what to think about Honoria Goode from the first book in the series. You get the impression that she's not that involved or nice to her sister Prudence Goode. But that is not the case! I don't want to get too much into her character because I feel like that would be a spoiler with the first book and circumstances. Just know she's much more complex and broken then what she shows on the surface. And you'll 4.5 to 5 stars! I loved Courting Trouble, the 2nd book in the Goode Girls series! I wasn't sure what to think about Honoria Goode from the first book in the series. You get the impression that she's not that involved or nice to her sister Prudence Goode. But that is not the case! I don't want to get too much into her character because I feel like that would be a spoiler with the first book and circumstances. Just know she's much more complex and broken then what she shows on the surface. And you'll find out why too. But this is a book about past loves and second chances. I'm usually not a fan of that type of romance plot but I loved this one! Our Nora Goode was much more innocent and happy back when she fell in love with Titus Conleith. Titus Conleith has loved Nora since he was 10 years old and one day, their friendship and love developed into so much more. Titus and Nora do not get that happy ending when they were young. Nora ends up marrying per her father's wishes and Titus becomes a famous surgeon and battle medic when he was in the military. Man, this book made me sad and mad!! I hate the Mom & Dad of all the Goode sisters. What miserable and shitty parents they have! I liked how this whole book was written, the characters and definitely loved the ending. I loved how our wonderful and broken Nora gets a second chance to happiness. So well done!

  8. 4 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Those Goode girls just keep on giving! Who'd have thought that this series could get any better? We first briefly meet Honoria (Nora), Viscountess Woodhaven, in A Dark and Stormy Night, contemplating seeking pleasure with the Stags of St James at the School for Cultured Young Ladies--a front for more lascivious practices. As Nora explains later in Courting Trouble to her sister Prudence, "my time with the Stags of St. James was nothing more than selfish pleasure. A diversion I paid for so I would Those Goode girls just keep on giving! Who'd have thought that this series could get any better? We first briefly meet Honoria (Nora), Viscountess Woodhaven, in A Dark and Stormy Night, contemplating seeking pleasure with the Stags of St James at the School for Cultured Young Ladies--a front for more lascivious practices. As Nora explains later in Courting Trouble to her sister Prudence, "my time with the Stags of St. James was nothing more than selfish pleasure. A diversion I paid for so I wouldn’t have the complication of emotion." Then Nora had been a client of the house. The story of Nora Goode, Prudence's sister, is one of bullying and abuse by the males she's related to, sacrifices made for those she loves, and deep despair. The only man Nora ever loved was Titus Conleith, originally a boy-of-all-work in the Baron of Cresthaven (Goode)household. Years later Titus, now a talented doctor, is operating various hospitals for the poor. Titus thinks never to see Nora again, that is until he finds her bleeding out on his operating table, having been shot by her husband. Characters from the other Victorian Rebels stand behind Titus as he tries to protect Nora, but who will protect her from herself. Another absorbing read that straddles life between the darkest stews of London and the ton, encompassing these bold Victorian Rebels. Normally we're talking about the 'bad boys'. Here we follow the fortunes or rather misfortunes of a bad girl, despite being a Goode. An Xpresso Book Tours ARC via NetGalley Please note: Quotes taken from an advanced reading copy maybe subject to change

  9. 5 out of 5

    Curlyhairlass19

    “Not a word was said in the darkness, as their virtue was relinquished to the other. They communicated in sighs and hitches of breath. They spoke with their fingertips and their features. The language that was created the moment one human had ever desired another.” How does KB hit that sweet spot time and time again!? Her writing is flawless, and her ability to draw you in is pure magic. I loved this book so much for a few reasons: It felt like I was back in The Victorian Rebels series, and that s “Not a word was said in the darkness, as their virtue was relinquished to the other. They communicated in sighs and hitches of breath. They spoke with their fingertips and their features. The language that was created the moment one human had ever desired another.” How does KB hit that sweet spot time and time again!? Her writing is flawless, and her ability to draw you in is pure magic. I loved this book so much for a few reasons: It felt like I was back in The Victorian Rebels series, and that series is pure gold! Second chance romance. Virgin hero & heroine. Falling in love with someone below your station always appeals to me. Gotta love the slightly forbidden. I love that the story starts when Titus is 14, and Nora was 17, and that it spanned the course of almost 15 years! I also love when a man lays claim on his woman and snatches her up! So much drama, suspense, intrigue and passion in this story. Of course the usual KB steaminess and smexiness. She Is Queen! I love how every man in Nora’s life made her feel unworthy...until Titus. Now that is a real man.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jenn (The Book Refuge)

    *Thank you to NetGalley for an eARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.* This was such a delicious addition to The Goode Girls series. I was so intrigued by Honoria and Dr. Titus after finishing Dark and Stormy Knight/Seducing a Stranger earlier this year. I am so happy to have more Kerrigan Byrne that is coming out through another avenue. I am loving the feel of it and getting to see more of my Victorian Rebels characters. This book was too quick for me but it was also filled with so *Thank you to NetGalley for an eARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.* This was such a delicious addition to The Goode Girls series. I was so intrigued by Honoria and Dr. Titus after finishing Dark and Stormy Knight/Seducing a Stranger earlier this year. I am so happy to have more Kerrigan Byrne that is coming out through another avenue. I am loving the feel of it and getting to see more of my Victorian Rebels characters. This book was too quick for me but it was also filled with so much deep back ground for the characters. This books starts where the previous one ended, with Honoria injured and her horrible husband dead. She awakens in the care of her star-crossed love. Dr. Titus Conlieth. The man whose heart she broke when she broke her own. He used to be a stable boy and they had fallen in love when she returned from finishing school. She was far above him but she craved his touch. She spent 3 months with him, enjoying pleasure and giving it in return and then she was whisked away to marry a Peer and he went off to school to be a doctor. She made the sacrifice to save his career, but he never knew. Now she is in his care and Titus is doing everything he can to ignore the pull he feels towards Nora, the debutante he craved and had but lost in just a few cruel words from her lips. Now he is the most successful and progressive doctor of his time. Consultant to the Black Heart of Benmore. And he cannot forget the beauty who was so far out of his reach. I enjoyed their story so much. It was split between their time before and after. I anticipated the break up, and luckily we had the hope of them being back together. The angst was so real and I loved every second of time I spent with them. Honestly my biggest complaint was that this was more like a novella. This series has been really short for both entries and I just want more!!!! But that is an authors prerogative and I understand wanting to have some series of various length. I just enjoy the story so much and I want it so much more. I was happy to see the character growth in such a short book and I believed that we have two characters who are just tired with where they have ended up. 4/5 Stars for me

  11. 5 out of 5

    Books Just 4 Me

    4.5 ⭐️ Honoria (Nora) was shot by her psychotic husband at the end of the last book (Goode Girls #1). We learned she had a miserable marriage and was treated horribly. Her only true experience with love was as a young girl with Titus. Unfortunately, they didn’t get there happily ever after. She married another and Titus went on to become a surgeon. They reconnect when Nora is brought to Titus bleeding to death. They have to find ways to make peace with the past and forgive. It’s a road filled wi 4.5 ⭐️ Honoria (Nora) was shot by her psychotic husband at the end of the last book (Goode Girls #1). We learned she had a miserable marriage and was treated horribly. Her only true experience with love was as a young girl with Titus. Unfortunately, they didn’t get there happily ever after. She married another and Titus went on to become a surgeon. They reconnect when Nora is brought to Titus bleeding to death. They have to find ways to make peace with the past and forgive. It’s a road filled with intense passion, danger and hurdles. I read this story so fast. I am not a fan of a lot of secret holding and delaying of the truth. I felt things were revealed fairly quickly and the story was focused on reconnecting and finding ways to jump new hurdles. Definitely lots of angst in this one too! I loved everyone of Kerrigan Byrne’s Victorian Rebels. This new series is a spin off and includes the old group. I really enjoyed this story and enjoyed the epilogue. It definitely left me craving several stories that were set up. Received this as an ARC, and I’ve given my honest opinion.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lubnaa (Romance Library)

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Courting Trouble is the second book in the Goode Girls series and it features an angsty second chance romance between two lovers who were torn apart because of their difference in social class. The author quickly summarizes the events from the first book Seducing a Stranger/A Dark and Stormy Knight during the prologue. If you've read Morley's book, then the prologue will act as a quick refresher. If you're new to Kerrigan Byrne, y I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Courting Trouble is the second book in the Goode Girls series and it features an angsty second chance romance between two lovers who were torn apart because of their difference in social class. The author quickly summarizes the events from the first book Seducing a Stranger/A Dark and Stormy Knight during the prologue. If you've read Morley's book, then the prologue will act as a quick refresher. If you're new to Kerrigan Byrne, you will get a short breakdown of the events that unfolded in the first book. But keep in mind that the events from the first book heavily influence the turn of events in Courting Trouble. Furthermore, the prologue might be an information overload if you didn't read Seducing a Stranger/A Dark and Stormy Knight. When it comes to second chance romance, I typically enjoy this trope the most in historical romance. I can't really explain why...but historical romance writers really do this trope justice. And if there's one thing that Kerrigan Byrne does best, it's a second chance romance involving two people who loved each other when they were younger. Titus Conleith used to work for the Goode family and he fell in love with Honoria, the eldest Goode sister, at first sight. It's not until they were young adults that Nora noticed Titus. But when Nora's dad finds out about their affair, the two young lovers are torn apart. Now almost a decade later, Nora has been shot and the doctor who is operating on her is none other than Titus himself. After Nora wakes up, things are formal, stiff, and a bit awkward between her and Titus. There is a lot of unresolved tension between them and the angst is quite delicious. I really enjoyed the pivotal scene where the barriers are down and Titus and Nora finally talk things out. My absolute favourite part of this book though is the flashback chapters when Titus and Nora were younger. These chapters really solidified their love for each other and man, I just LOVE Titus so damn much. I think this is the closest Kerrigan Byrne has come to writing a gamma hero. I do think that Nora treated Titus unfairly the second time around. She refused to even consider alternative solutions with Titus and while I do understand her motivations, her actions still bugged me. The climax is a bit cheesy and dramatic, but it gives Titus and Nora that final push. The climax also introduces two anti-heroes who will obviously get their own stories. At least, I hope they will lol. I read a teaser for the next book and I am SO EXCITED for it now!!! Based on the teaser that I read, I noticed that the Goodreads synopsis for Dancing with Danger is incorrect, but the Amazon one seems to be correct. I have my own thoughts on who I want Felicity to end up with...and I hope I am right lol.

  13. 4 out of 5

    T. Rosado

    4.5 Stars Courting Trouble takes place immediately after Seducing a Stranger. Honoria Goode has been shot by her husband and is now under the care of Dr. Titus Conlieth, the man who was her first everything. In short, this was another Kerrigan Byrne winner! I'm a huge fan of this author's writing. The vivid picture she depicts through artful prose amaze me in every single book. There are often points where I will reread sentences and/or passages, simply because I'm in reader awe. Couple that with h 4.5 Stars Courting Trouble takes place immediately after Seducing a Stranger. Honoria Goode has been shot by her husband and is now under the care of Dr. Titus Conlieth, the man who was her first everything. In short, this was another Kerrigan Byrne winner! I'm a huge fan of this author's writing. The vivid picture she depicts through artful prose amaze me in every single book. There are often points where I will reread sentences and/or passages, simply because I'm in reader awe. Couple that with her seductively swoony romances, bad and brooding heroes, and complicated backstories and I'm drowning in reader lust. Not to contradict myself, but imagine my surprise when this book revealed an atypical hero for this author. More of a healthy and whole beta hero to her often broken alphas. Titus had served in the military, but he was an educated doctor/scientist who's committed to his patient care. He was also an orphan, but not with the scars that so many of Byrne's heroes are inflicted with. His biggest scar was having been spurned by Honoria when he was 17/18 years old. I loved this anti-"Victorian Rebel" hero. So far, these indie-published, Victorian Rebels spin-off stories are slightly shorter in length, which worked perfectly for a second chance romance like Titus and Honoria's. Honoria was a questionable character in the previous book, but she was redeemed by a sweetly romantic and then tragic back story. The conflict in this story was intriguing, which then became exciting and fun. Of course, that was partly due to an appearance by the Blackheart of Ben More. His rascally interactions are always so much fun. We're also introduced to the hero for Mercy's book and I can't be any more excited. Overall, a romantic and fun addition to the Victorian Rebels/Goode Girls series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anna lost in stories *A*

    apparently Kerrigan Byrne is an author that cannot do wrong in my eyes… ;) because this was too short for my liking, I would have loved it to be longer to show more of a build up of the relationship… it’s a second chance romance, which is a trope I personally don’t like and try to avoid in stories most of the time… AND it has this I-am-making-a-decision-for-the-both-of-us-to-keep-you-safe… which is another thing I am not a fan of in the books… AND YET ;) I gave it 5 stars :) don't ask me to expl apparently Kerrigan Byrne is an author that cannot do wrong in my eyes… ;) because this was too short for my liking, I would have loved it to be longer to show more of a build up of the relationship… it’s a second chance romance, which is a trope I personally don’t like and try to avoid in stories most of the time… AND it has this I-am-making-a-decision-for-the-both-of-us-to-keep-you-safe… which is another thing I am not a fan of in the books… AND YET ;) I gave it 5 stars :) don't ask me to explain it logically, cause I can’t ;) there’s just something absolutely magical in her writing style and the way she creates these characters and their stories ;) take that however you want ;) XOXO A

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Thanks to NetGalley for a arc copy for a honest review. I was so happy excited to get a chance to read a review Courting Trouble. Even though it was a quick read I still enjoyed reading this book. Happy gave this book 5 stars Happy Reading Lisa

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. Dorian Blackwell (The Highwayman - Victorian Rebels Series) uses Dr. Titus Conleith to remove bullets and patch up the men who can't visit a hospital. When Honoria Goode is shot by her husband and is bleeding out, she requests to be taken to him, a man who loved her once and lost her. If you like prose, good prose with vivid imagery, this book will be a delight. This is a great Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. Dorian Blackwell (The Highwayman - Victorian Rebels Series) uses Dr. Titus Conleith to remove bullets and patch up the men who can't visit a hospital. When Honoria Goode is shot by her husband and is bleeding out, she requests to be taken to him, a man who loved her once and lost her. If you like prose, good prose with vivid imagery, this book will be a delight. This is a great second-chance romance. As a ten year old, Titus Conleith was orphaned and ended up as a houseboy in a wealthy household where he fell in love with the princess of the house. He found his calling as a doctor when he helped the doctor save Honoria's life. As a young man their relationship was discovered and he was summarily tossed from the house. A lot od pressure was put on Honoria and when Titus came back for her, she denied him. Life for Honoria Goode went from heaven in Titus's arms to hell on earth with the husband her father demanded she marry. Ten years later she ends up near death in the dockside sugary of Dr. Titus Conleith having been shot by her own husband, who was killed by her brother -in-law, Sir Carlton Morley Chief Inspector at Scotland Yard. Her husband's actions, her shooting and her scandalous behavior have caused her family to be embroiled by scandal and her father is again attempting to tear the lovers apart in order to protect his name and reputation.

  17. 4 out of 5

    maggieandteddy

    4.5 STARS! Hey, The audio is Duet Narration! Another winner from Kerrigan Byrne! Honoria is Prudence's sister from book 1 Goode Girls series & another spin off from the Victoria Rebels series. Titus is the orphan boy that loves Honoria his whole life. Titus is sent away from Honoria but is apprenticed to be a Doctor's assistant, then Titus becomes a Doctor. Meanwhile Honoria's awful father arranges a marriage to a Duke that is an abuser, a criminal and gross pig. Honoria's sweet personality and spir 4.5 STARS! Hey, The audio is Duet Narration! Another winner from Kerrigan Byrne! Honoria is Prudence's sister from book 1 Goode Girls series & another spin off from the Victoria Rebels series. Titus is the orphan boy that loves Honoria his whole life. Titus is sent away from Honoria but is apprenticed to be a Doctor's assistant, then Titus becomes a Doctor. Meanwhile Honoria's awful father arranges a marriage to a Duke that is an abuser, a criminal and gross pig. Honoria's sweet personality and spirit is just about snuffed out. Honoria is hurt by her husband & her way back is not easy. Her father and other men try to keep her down. Titus have a reunion but Titus has lost respect for "Nora". Their past is told in flashbacks. Ironically Titus, the poor orphan boy has become very well respected as a Doctor with great innovations and skill. Honoria has struggled and is despaired of ever having a happy life or someone to love her. Her reputation has been severely damaged. I loved the duet narration! Derek Perkins as always is perfect and Stella Hunter is perfect as Honoria. I loved how Titus and Honoria reunited and got to know each other - as adults. They'd both been through so much. They still have to find a way to be together. I love this book and the narration. I received an audio copy from the author.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    A wonderful second-chance historical romance riddled with miscommunication, Courting Trouble is the second book in the Goode Girls series but can totally be read as a standalone. The story begins when Nora is taken to Dr. Titus Conleith with a gunshot wound. Titus is stunned to see his old love wounded and in his clinic. He’s never gotten over his first love and still feels the sting of rejection. When Honoria, or Nora, wakes up in the clinic of her first love, she learns that her horrible husban A wonderful second-chance historical romance riddled with miscommunication, Courting Trouble is the second book in the Goode Girls series but can totally be read as a standalone. The story begins when Nora is taken to Dr. Titus Conleith with a gunshot wound. Titus is stunned to see his old love wounded and in his clinic. He’s never gotten over his first love and still feels the sting of rejection. When Honoria, or Nora, wakes up in the clinic of her first love, she learns that her horrible husband is dead and she is free. However, her husband’s shady dealings, as well as her father’s unforgiving demands, haunt Nora. When Titus offers to keep her safe, Nora must face her past and confront the obstacles in her present before she can move on. I love the romance between Nora and Titus. Their feelings for each other span years and their love is strong. Neither really emotionally moved on after their break-up, and their desire to be together is palpable. However, neither feels worthy of the other. Titus because of his non-noble standing in society, and Nora for her questionable past. She doesn’t excuse her behavior but feels tremendous guilt over how her actions detrimentally affected others. Titus tries to remain impassive and unaffected by Nora’s presence, but his life-long love for her is hard to squelch and ignore. Their chemistry is fantastic, and it is clear that they are made for each other. The flashbacks, which detailed Titus and Nora’s relationship when they first met as teenagers and into their late teens, add so much depth to the characters and the story. You can understand why Nora feels so compelled to follow her path. You also realize how deeply Titus loved Nora and continues to love her. Theirs is a love that’s enduring and true, and the flashbacks show where that love began. This is a quick-paced and captivating historical romance with dynamic characters and a fascinating and complex mystery. Danger, thievery, potential death threats, and more make for an intriguing read, as do the well-developed characters. I’m excited to read future books in the series to learn more about the Goode sisters and the shady events that they become unintentionally embroiled in. Thanks so much to NetGalley, Gnarly Woods Publishing, and the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jewels Tate

    This book was given to me as a arc from netgalley in return for my honest opinion. Thank you Netgalley for giving me this opportunity! This book was wonderfully written, and I enjoyed every minute of it. It drew me in from the beginning to the end. Kerrigan Byrne has never disappointed me with her writing skills. I love that I can always count on her to include a high levels of angst and steam. l also love that she always does a fantastic job at giving her character's a second chance at love. If This book was given to me as a arc from netgalley in return for my honest opinion. Thank you Netgalley for giving me this opportunity! This book was wonderfully written, and I enjoyed every minute of it. It drew me in from the beginning to the end. Kerrigan Byrne has never disappointed me with her writing skills. I love that I can always count on her to include a high levels of angst and steam. l also love that she always does a fantastic job at giving her character's a second chance at love. If you love the Victorian Rebels you'll see them here in this book too, so that's a plus. In this book my heart broke for Titus. He was a lowly servant who worked for Honoria's family. He was looked at from her parents as worthless dirt. Also Kerrigan is known for writing about broken heroes but in this book it's the heroine who is broken down and lost her trust for all. Trope is different class, forbidden love & second chance at romance/love. Trigger warnings: mentions abused and violence in past tense Courting with trouble is about Titus and Honoria. Titus has always been in love with Honoria from a distance since he was a young boy. It's not until they grow into young adults that Honoria notices him, and returns his affection. They spend 3 wonderful months together sharing the first taste of pleasure and passion. Then their worlds are turned upside down. Her father fires him, and she is expected to marry a man her father chooses. She also makes a huge sacrifice to save his career and he never knows about it. Years later Titus works hard. He becomes a successful doctor, while Honoria is stuck in a loveless miserable marriage. She becomes a widow, and has a gunshot wound. Coincidentally he is her surgeon and doctor. He tries his best and vows not to let his feelings get the best of him but the heart wants what the heart wants. He saves her, and that's when their second chance at love begins. Their second chance at love was sweet! They both fight it but their connection is too strong. Their second chance is also sprinkled with a little of enemies to lovers trope. I highly recommend this book. You can never go wrong with kerrigan Byrne.

  20. 5 out of 5

    ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰

    ALC received from Audibly Addicted for an honest review I've been on a bit of a Kerrigan Byrne kick lately, and was very happy to receive an advanced aimudio of Courting Trouble. I had a love hate with our leading lady Nora. I loved how forward thinking and liberated she was with things, however she would then do something so frustrating that I yelled at my speakers and called her all kinds of names! Gunter and Perkins are a great Nora and Titus - let me tell you, we all need a Titus in our lives. I ALC received from Audibly Addicted for an honest review I've been on a bit of a Kerrigan Byrne kick lately, and was very happy to receive an advanced aimudio of Courting Trouble. I had a love hate with our leading lady Nora. I loved how forward thinking and liberated she was with things, however she would then do something so frustrating that I yelled at my speakers and called her all kinds of names! Gunter and Perkins are a great Nora and Titus - let me tell you, we all need a Titus in our lives. I haven't read the first book in the series, so I finished listening, needing to go back and read book one. I look forward to more from Vyrne in the future

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aly is so frigging bored

    Kerrigan Byrne always does this to me. I am saying that I'm only reading a chapter at 1 am and at 4.30 I am finishing the story...How do I get suckered every time like that? How?! This is the story of Nora and her teenage love, it's a 2nd chance story and a bit of enemies to lovers on account of the 2nd chance part, you can imagine that angst and anger were a part of this... Honoria, Nora, is the sister of Prudence, the heroine from Chief Inspector Carlton Morey's story. The novella starts with h Kerrigan Byrne always does this to me. I am saying that I'm only reading a chapter at 1 am and at 4.30 I am finishing the story...How do I get suckered every time like that? How?! This is the story of Nora and her teenage love, it's a 2nd chance story and a bit of enemies to lovers on account of the 2nd chance part, you can imagine that angst and anger were a part of this... Honoria, Nora, is the sister of Prudence, the heroine from Chief Inspector Carlton Morey's story. The novella starts with how her husband shoots her and then we get the back story of her and Tituts, how them met, fell in love and ultimately how circumstances(and sucky people) drove them apart. Nora is on of those heroines that's self sacrificing that you want to hate for how she always does that, but at the same time you also admire her... you still want to hit her though. She's had a very bad marriage with a petty, vindictive abuser who thankfully is killed off early on. Unfortunately her parents are also assholes, and I couldn't understand how all their daughters are so frigging nice and admirable. Titus felt a little less developed since most of the story is from Nora's POV and she's so compelling! He's a genuinely nice guy, smart, who dedicates his life to healing people. I like how he's trying not to like Nora anymore, after 10 years that they've been apart, and he can't just make himself not not care, it's not in his nature. Besides the main characters, the secondary ones made me like the story the most: Pru's and Nora's twin sisters are a blast and the intriguing guys at the climax of the story made me wish for their books as well... And he wan't ignore Carlton(A Dark and Stormy Knight/Seducing a Stranger) or Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More(The Highwayman) they and the sisters steal the scenes they appear in. From the start I said I couldn't put it down and obviously I can't wait for the next story. If you're in the mood for an angsty read with great characters pick this book up!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view. After being forced to marry a cruel viscount, and suffer under his hands for years, Honoria Goode is finally free. But, the scandal of her, and her late husband's past is hanging over her like a sword, and when the only person who can save Nora from her injuries is the one person she hurt more than anyone else, she wishes it was other. Titus Conleith has love Nora ever since he was a boy worki I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view. After being forced to marry a cruel viscount, and suffer under his hands for years, Honoria Goode is finally free. But, the scandal of her, and her late husband's past is hanging over her like a sword, and when the only person who can save Nora from her injuries is the one person she hurt more than anyone else, she wishes it was other. Titus Conleith has love Nora ever since he was a boy working on her father's estate, and loving her, and losing her, was one of the hardest things he's ever done. Now a renowned doctor, he needs to save her from her wounds, and while she is convalescing in hiding in his London clinic, the old feelings return, and they both may finally have a shot of happiness. I've heard of Kerrigan ever since I started reading historical fiction, but this was my first foray into her work. I found Courting Trouble to be a really quick and enjoyable read, and liked the two main characters. Nora, as the eldest Goode daughter, had the responsibility of the who family at her feet, and when she had to delay entry into society due to a bout of scarlet fever, and refusal to wed the first man her father thrust at her, she finally found love and happiness with Titus, who was a sort of jack of all trades about the estate. However, when her father finds out, Titus is thrown off the estate, Nora forced to marry, and the next ten years of her life are utter hell. She forced herself into the marriage, and when she slept around, trying to find happiness and the memory of Titus, it led her husband to murder, and crime. Nora had suffered so much in her marriage, but now that the opportunity arose where her and Titus could be together, all I wanted was for it to happen. But, Nora's father reappeared, and attempted to force her away from Titus, again, in order to protect him and his livelihood. My heart really broke for the couple, and I was overjoyed in how the book ended. Now, I really want to read more about the other Goode siblings, so will definitely be keeping an eye out for Dancing with Danger.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Norah Gibbons

    I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Courting Trouble by Kerrigan Byrne is the second book in her intriguing Goode Girls series. I think you will enjoy this book more if you have read the first book in the series. When Honoria (Nora) Mosby, Viscountess Woodhaven, was wounded trying to protect her sister, she is brought to the surgery of Dr. Titus Conleith. Titus was a servant in her family’s household before training as a doctor, and he was her first I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Courting Trouble by Kerrigan Byrne is the second book in her intriguing Goode Girls series. I think you will enjoy this book more if you have read the first book in the series. When Honoria (Nora) Mosby, Viscountess Woodhaven, was wounded trying to protect her sister, she is brought to the surgery of Dr. Titus Conleith. Titus was a servant in her family’s household before training as a doctor, and he was her first love. To protect him from her father’s wrath, she sent him off and married as her father dictated. Newly widowed and hiding from those who seek to harm her under she stays with Titus and comes to realize that he is still the one she loves, however once again, her father is planning on marrying her off and uses both her love for Titus and her sisters to force her to his will. One of my favourite parts of this story is when her sisters explain that they don’t wish to marry, that she need not sacrifice her happiness for them, and that in her romance with Titus, she is the hero and needs to make the grand gesture to win his love back. I enjoyed this story very much and can’t wait to read the younger sisters' stories as they seem like such delightful characters. Steam Level: Medium. Publishing Date: December 8, 2020 #CourtingTrouble #KerriganByrne #HistoricalRomance #GoodeGirlsRomannce #NetGalley #OliverHeberBooks #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #SecondChanceRomance

  24. 5 out of 5

    Minni Mouse

    Kerrigan Byrne is honestly my favorite historical romance author and an automatic read of anything and everything that she writes. Her Victorian Rebels and Devil You Know series are just different from most other formulaic historical romance books in the sense of the grittyness of what the heroines endure as well as the strength that both the men and women display. There have been a few misses here and there, but for the most part every single one of her books has been extraordinarily refreshing Kerrigan Byrne is honestly my favorite historical romance author and an automatic read of anything and everything that she writes. Her Victorian Rebels and Devil You Know series are just different from most other formulaic historical romance books in the sense of the grittyness of what the heroines endure as well as the strength that both the men and women display. There have been a few misses here and there, but for the most part every single one of her books has been extraordinarily refreshing. Except for her latest 3 books. THE GOOD 1) Titus is three years younger than Honoria, which is one of the first times apart from Outlander that you read about the man being younger than the woman. Seeing as how I personally am dating a younger guy, I felt a squee of glee at seeing that represented on paper. 2) Titus is also shown in his early years as being a very kind, gentle man. So often, Byrne's male characters are hard and damaged. While Titus might have fought in the same war as Carlton Morley, he emerged not nearly as damaged. 3) Another rare thing is that Honoria Goode isn't a virgin. She has sex at 20, marries her husband, and cheats on him several times with various male prostitutes. This made for an interesting theme on the effect this had on her and the backlash she received from the ton. THE BAD 1) This book felt surprisingly short. Too short. 40% of it was almost in flashbacks from the time period when she was 17 and then when she was 20. The problem was it felt like the flashbacks were all part of one major prologue versus the actual story, so when we finally caught up to modern day, there wasn't as much to say from a plot perspective. 2) This book felt too safe. There was no clear opposing force or villain, but rather the mere threat that someone wanted information that Honoria didn't have. (view spoiler)[Even the "threats" in the end turned out to be the introduction to another line of heroes for future books, which I found to be a cheap filler device. (hide spoiler)] FINAL THOUGHTS Kerrigan Byrne can do no wrong, but her latest books have definitely felt and read safer and more tame.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Claypot_Reads

    Absolutely loved this story! Nora and Titus gave me the banter I expect from this author along with fantastic chemistry. It’s a easy read for her but I was still hooked from the first page. I grew to love Nora’s character as she developed over the story and Titus was just the kind of HR Hero I adore. Such a great read! I received an arc of this book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Vilma

    In true Kerrigan Byrne style, Courting Trouble was the kind of love story that sweeps you away from the very beginning. This latest was a stirring second chance at love story, a forbidden romance between two people whose fates were so inextricably tied. I devoured it and absolutely loved it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    ChasingLeslie

    Titus Conleith began as a stableboy and became an accomplished doctor. The whole time, he loved Honoria Goode, an heiress destined for "better" things. Nora's life has been nothing but a misery, manipulated by her cruel father and then her husband. She was trapped in marriage, and now her husband's villainy and death have brought her scandal and a gunshot wound. This is the second book of the Goode Girls series. The story picks right up after the events of the first book, Seducing A Stranger (pr Titus Conleith began as a stableboy and became an accomplished doctor. The whole time, he loved Honoria Goode, an heiress destined for "better" things. Nora's life has been nothing but a misery, manipulated by her cruel father and then her husband. She was trapped in marriage, and now her husband's villainy and death have brought her scandal and a gunshot wound. This is the second book of the Goode Girls series. The story picks right up after the events of the first book, Seducing A Stranger (previously named A Dark And Stormy Knight). It is a continuation of the Victorian Rebels series and a few of those characters make appearances. I love Byrne's writing! It's very engaging and I kept wanting to read "just one more chapter" and then another and another. Her characters aren't black and white, they are shades of gray...sometimes you love them and other times you just want to shake them. I don't remember Nora very much from the previous book, except that she didn't seem very likeable. I liked finding out more about her past, and her hero Titus was just wonderful! There is a set up for the next story, and I already can't wait to find out what happens! Tropes: Class Difference, First Love, Second Chance Romance, Nursed (Doctored?) to Health * I received an ARC from the author and this is my honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Doctor Titus Conleith able to lift himself from his beginnings as a lowly servant through merciless discipline and inexhaustible skill. Alone by choice, he swore never to open his heart to another. Not after Honoria Goode. The heiress who shattered his hopes and then tread upon the shards of his heart. The beauty with whom he shared his first taste of passion, before she gave her hand to another. The woman whose life he just saved from bleeding out on his table. Honoria’s life as a Viscountess h Doctor Titus Conleith able to lift himself from his beginnings as a lowly servant through merciless discipline and inexhaustible skill. Alone by choice, he swore never to open his heart to another. Not after Honoria Goode. The heiress who shattered his hopes and then tread upon the shards of his heart. The beauty with whom he shared his first taste of passion, before she gave her hand to another. The woman whose life he just saved from bleeding out on his table. Honoria’s life as a Viscountess has been nothing but a misery she’d brought upon herself with her own cowardice. Trapped for years in a loveless marriage to a cruel rake, who shot her before being shot himself This story continues from A Dark & Stormy Knight, it’s not necessary to have read the previous book. I didn't like Nora & came to this book wondering how on earth she could be redeemed but she certainly was. I loved the flashback to how the pair met & grew close before Nora made a momentous decision & that was when I started to like Nora. I loved Titus who was lucky to find someone who gave him the chance of a better future. He worked hard to become a renowned surgeon. The chemistry between the pair was electric & I was engrossed in their story so that I read it in two sittings, it took me through a plethora of emotions & I found myself routing for them to find each other again. A book not to start late at night. A very well written captivating read & I can’t wait to read the rest of the series My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    This book picks up where A Dark and Stormy Knight(renamed Seducing a Stranger) ended, with Honoria “Nora” Mosby, Viscountess Woodhaven lying in a pool of blood after being shot by her deranged husband while saving her sister Prudence. As she lay barely clinging to consciousness, she begs Pru to take her to Dr. Titus Conleith. Titus and Nora have a long history and this would not be the first time he has saved her life. But they parted ways years ago when she brutally broke his heart and married W This book picks up where A Dark and Stormy Knight(renamed Seducing a Stranger) ended, with Honoria “Nora” Mosby, Viscountess Woodhaven lying in a pool of blood after being shot by her deranged husband while saving her sister Prudence. As she lay barely clinging to consciousness, she begs Pru to take her to Dr. Titus Conleith. Titus and Nora have a long history and this would not be the first time he has saved her life. But they parted ways years ago when she brutally broke his heart and married William Mosby. Now she is back in his life and widowed, he plans to stitch her up and send her on her way, but with her husband’s enemies come looking for something William stole from them; Nora isn’t safe anywhere but with Titus. He tells himself he no longer wants her and will simply keep her at arm’s length. But nothing between Nora and Titus has ever been simple and when their passion ignites once more it seems like this might finally be the time for them, but reality slaps Nora in the face and once again she willingly sacrifices her happiness for the ones she loves. But will Titus let her push him away again? This was a very well written, emotional story that kept me hooked until the last page! I love how the author picked up at the end of the previous book, but took us back in time to when they first met and let us peek at their young love and their tragic heartbreak. She then brings us back to the present along with a lot of familiar faces from the Victorian Rebel series, as well as introducing some new characters. The book is not a light, fluffy read, no, it is gritty and raw and at times heartbreaking, but it is also passionate, steamy, exciting and intriguing. I loved Titus, he is every thing you could want in a hero and then some, his love for Nora is unconditional and so strong – even when he wanted to hate her, she was his love and always would be. And after reading A Dark & Stormy Knight, I wasn’t sure I would like Nora, but after reading her backstory, I realized I completely misjudged her in that book and she truly was nothing like I thought. This is the second book in the series and can be read as a standalone, but I would strongly recommend reading the books in order for the best reading experience. *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher. *

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Lee

    Courting Trouble is the second novel in The Goode Girls series. It also has characters in it that are cross-overs from The Victorian Rebels series. It is great to see these characters again, like seeing old friends. This story is about Honoria Goode and Dr. Titus Conleith. Honoria, or Nora is Prudence’s older sister. Prudence and Morely’s book, Seducing A Stranger is first in The Goode Girls series. Nora held the weight of her family’s prosperity on her shoulders from a very young age. She was ex Courting Trouble is the second novel in The Goode Girls series. It also has characters in it that are cross-overs from The Victorian Rebels series. It is great to see these characters again, like seeing old friends. This story is about Honoria Goode and Dr. Titus Conleith. Honoria, or Nora is Prudence’s older sister. Prudence and Morely’s book, Seducing A Stranger is first in The Goode Girls series. Nora held the weight of her family’s prosperity on her shoulders from a very young age. She was expected to adhere to polite society and marry well to the man of her father’s choosing. Titus was a lowly house servant with a keen intellect. He fell in love with Nora at an extremely young age. After a tragic occurrence between Nora and Titus, they are irrevocably broken apart and go their separate ways. Nora to a horrible, nightmare marriage and Titus to a fulfilling yet lonely existence as a renowned surgeon. Nora and Titus’s lives are tragic. Nora is a martyr for everyone. She has been ignored and disregarded her whole life. She has no idea of her own self worth. Titus is a strong and suffers silently. Their story is tragic and haunting but at the same time beautiful and romantic. Ms. Byrne’s characters all share tragic pasts and yet hope for a better future. This is true for Nora and Titus as well. Their story is intricately woven through pain and joy. There is tragedy and hope. But through the suffering there is a journey to a beautiful HEA. The plot was intricate and spellbinding. It moved well, giving enough back story to make the main story credible and plausible. It moved at a good, even pace. The character’s relationship was so delicate and romantic. It was passionate. The characters were colorful and endearing. I absolutely loved this book. It drew me in on the first page. It was a joy to read. Complex and compelling. I can’t wait to read about the two remaining Goode sisters. This is a series I enjoy reading and would recommend it to any lover of Victorian Historical Romance. This review is based on an advance copy of the book i received from the author. It is a honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

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