When an impromptu kiss captures the imagination, either a spark will ignite or family interference will snuff the match.
Charlotte Darrington adores being adored by the men in her circle. She’s in London at the request of her mother, and though her parent wants her to find an eligible gentleman and start a family, Charlotte delays. In her heart of hearts, she wants a man who can hold his own and won’t be cowed.
Nathan Brigham, Marquess of Ravenhurst, is annoyed with the interfering redhead leading his nephew into the evergreen maze. When he would have delivered a dressing down, she stops his words with a kiss. No matter that he finds her attractive and a welcome distraction from his darkly brooding life, he refuses to succumb to Charlotte’s charms. Above everything, he won’t become the savage man his father was.
Once they return to London from a house party at his country estate, the two can’t avoid each other. Stolen kisses and heated glances in shadowy halls as well as a questionable visit to White’s draw them closer. He can’t forget the demons from his past while her persistence to hear a declaration begs the question: to bed or to wed?
This was a wonderful read that embraced the historical lover in me brilliantly!
Once I started, I couldn’t put this down! The author has devised an intelligent story line that both infuriates and delights! Charlotte’s open mind and eagerness to grab life by the reins is refreshing. Her love of romantic novels and quest for true love sets her apart from society during the Regency.
Nathan’s wrathful reputation precedes him everywhere he goes, but he abhors his behavior and seeks refuge in the country often. His hermit-like tendencies do little to keep his secrets safe, though. The ruthless gossipers have already claimed him a merciless man with a powerful temper. After meeting Charlotte, however, he comes out of his shell, and tames the beast inside of him just to be close to her. I felt for this man as he fought his insecurities, and a malicious sister whose sole purpose was to gain a title.
The author does an excellent job of portraying this time in history beautifully. The arts, musicales, gambling, and drinking were placed in a believable manner. The characters were cleverly unorthodox, and the villains were made to hate! The hero and heroine are strong, stubborn, and easy to fall in love with. With a wonderful ending, I recommend this novel for anyone that loves historical romance!
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