As the eldest son of the Duke of Breconridge, Harry Fitzroy is duty-bound to marry - and marry well. Giving up his rakish ways for the pleasures of a bride’s bed becomes a delightful prospect when Harry chooses beautiful Lady Julia Barclay, the catch of the season. But a fall from his horse puts a serious crimp in his plans. Abandoned by Julia before he can propose, the unlucky bachelor finds himself trapped in the country in the care of Julia’s younger sister.
Harry has never met a woman like Lady Augusta. Utterly without artifice, Gus is clever and capable, and seems to care not a fig for society. After a taboo kiss awakens passion that takes them both by surprise, Harry realizes he’d almost given his heart to the wrong sister. While London tongues wag, he’ll use his most seductive powers of persuasion to convince the reluctant Gus that she belongs with him - as his equal, his love, his wife.
5 Words: Historical, passionate, pleasantly surprising, lovely.
At first I wasn't convinced. I thought it was another one of those stories.
Thank goodness it wasn't.
Gus is a rather different character from what you usually see in these romances. She has her sister for a start, her perfect, beautiful sister who everyone adores and who overshadows Augusta at every turn. And rather be upset about all of this Gus doesn't mind it so much - sure, she's not the prettiest and she's never asked to dance, but who cares?
She is a strong and capable young woman who was a pleasure to read.
This was a very passionate story, with a falling-in-love which felt so real. There was a slow burning fuse of passion, of building love, and it was wonderful to experience.
I liked the conflicts that built and how Harry felt unworthy. It was good that he had been knocked down a peg (or twenty) and it really added to his character. He was not at all who he appeared at first and it was good that he changed.
Overall this was a great read, and I really enjoyed it. I'd recommend it for a rainy day to cheer you up but keep you thinking. I will definitely seek out more of this author's work and read on in this series.