Loyally, Luke by Pepper Basham

Loyally, Luke Review

Loyally, Luke by Pepper Basham is book three in the epistolary series about the Edgewood siblings.

As soon as I heard Luke’s introduction, I knew I had to read this book. His disgruntled response to his romance with Ellie was, at times, laugh-out-loud funny.

When Ellie and Luke first met, the sparks flew, and not in a good way. It was dislike at first sight and both characters never wanted to see the other again.

But as Penelope pointed out, this was the perfect meet cute for an enemies-to-lovers romance.

I adored Penny calling out the tropes and “predicting” what would happen next in Luke’s love story.
Ellie and Luke were a wonderful couple. Ellie’s past had broken her, and she was trying to recover. Luke was a fixer. They complemented each other for a swoony romance that tugged at the heartstrings.

I also enjoyed the side characters, especially Faye, Amara, and Maeve.

The two girls were adorable and helped to highlight Luke’s soft heart under the grumpy exterior.

Maeve’s love of creating alliteration for Luke’s name was always spot on. I also loved that she supported Ellie and was a true friend to the princess.

I listened to the audiobook version of the book and adored the narrators. They truly brought this story to life by immersing me in the stories of the characters, complete with accents.

Readers of Loyally, Luke will be reminded that it takes courage to forge a new path, especially if you messed up publicly. This becomes easier if we focus on what God says about us instead of what the world says.

Readers will also be reminded they can choose joy. Circumstances may be less than ideal, but joy is a choice everyone can make.

If you enjoy secret royalty romances, you may enjoy Loyally, Luke.

I received an advanced reader’s copy from the publisher through NetGalley; a positive review was not required.

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About Loyally, Luke

Sometimes love means embracing the good, the bad . . . and even the impossible.

Dear Reader,

My name is Luke Edgewood, and there are few things in life that I require. Mainly black coffee. And flannel. And lots of solitude. And my dogs, Chewy and Indie. What I don’t need is romance, so I have no plans to change my thirty-year-old bachelor status anytime soon.

But my youngest sister thinks that by accepting a short-term construction job in the small European country of Skymar, I’m going to follow along in her footsteps and discover my own romantic adventure. Nope. Bah humbug. The End. This time, her rom-com-movie senses are totally wrong.

Or maybe not. Because I’ve met a Grace Kelly look-alike who is annoying . . . until she isn’t. But she is impossible. As in, nothing can happen between us because she is a literal princess. Even though that’s easy to forget when we’re working together to restore a castle-like orphanage in a secluded mountain town and “forced proximity” includes a small closet, a secret one-hundred-year-old journal, and the tactile memory of an off-limits royal in my arms.

Basically, the whole situation has turned into an ooey gooey magical snow globe of romantic tropes complete with cute kids and an actual ball. Now, even my sentences are starting to sound like mush. Ugh. Send high levels of testosterone my way—I’m going to need it.

Loyally,

Luke

About Pepper Basham

Pepper Basham is a best-selling author who writes romance “peppered” with grace and humor.

Writing both historical and contemporary novels, she loves to incorporate her native Appalachian culture and/or her unabashed adoration of the UK into her stories.

She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the wife of a fantastic pastor, mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.

She loves connecting with readers and other authors through social media outlets like Facebook & Instagram.

You can learn more about Pepper and her books on her website at www.pepperdbasham.com

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