This was a delightfully charming book that I enjoyed reading. The story had a unique plot, with one very determined matchmaker who knew what she wanted and made an outrageous wager to get it ... erm... him. It got hilarious at times and put a smile on my face. I felt it was amazingly perfect.
Teresa has a charming penchant for creative storytelling. So to speak. She was a fun character that had a lot of spirit. A romantic dreamer who flew out on a limb to get the man she wanted. I got to hand it to a gal with that kind of courage. Soon as she discovers her dream man is back in town she flies the coop and offers him a deal. Duncan is a down on his luck Earl with seven hellion sisters to marry off and not a two pence to his name. Well, he makes a deal with the clever girl who says she wants him. Her matchmaking services in return for certain perks. Scandalous.... yes it was. Entertaining ... you betcha.
This book was a treat to read. I kept chuckling at Duncan's hoyden sisters and their antics. It was so much fun as Teresa's audacious gambit payed off and one by one I had a brief but satisfying glimpse into each of the sibling’s romance. It was all back burner stuff as Ashe kept the main focus on Duncan and Teresa's relationship. About half-way through the story I found out the reasons for Duncan's reticence. * Sob * It was looking uncertain as to whether they would end up together or not. Teresa is willing to let go and I kind of thought he might let her. As if I hadn't already been enchanted by this story, then came an astonishing cameo appearance from a notorious newsman, courtesy of a different author and series. Not a peep from this one, I'll keep his identity under wraps so you can read it and find out for yourself. It was a nice touch though. Then Ashe sealed the deal with a romantic and satisfying ending that I loved.
It's bound to be a hit with historical romance readers everywhere. So sit back and enjoy. :)
With seven troublesome half sisters to marry off, Duncan, the Earl of Eads, has one problem: he's broke.
With the prospect of marriage to the pompous local curate, Miss Teresa Finch-Freeworth has one dream: to wed instead the handsome Highlander she saw at a ball.
How does a desperate lady convince a reluctant laird that she's the perfect bride for him? She strikes a wager! If she can find seven husbands for seven sisters, the earl must marry her.
Duncan has no intention of wedding the meddlesome maiden, and he gives her a deadline even the most audacious matchmaker can't meet—one month. But Teresa sets terms, too: with each bridegroom she finds, the earl must pay her increasingly intimate rewards . . .