Lady Christina Barclay is nothing more to her parents than a pawn to gain a fortune. When they attempt to force her engagement to an odious man, she turns to Oliver Hawkes, her reclusive neighbor. Oliver has no time for love or marriage but can’t turn Christina away, on the condition they only stay married for one year and that it remains platonic.
So...I’m going to gush for a moment because I loved "A Notorious Vow". I loved every second of this. I’m already looking forward to reading it a second time. And I will definitely be buying a print copy to cherish.
I was hooked on this from the very beginning. It was fantastic. It kept me guessing what would happen next and I lost sleep staying awake to read it.
I did, at times, have trouble remembering "A Notorious Vow" was set in the States because everyone was so proper. But then I remembered that, given the time this was set in, people would’ve been more proper. Anyway, this didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story in the least.
I really liked Christina and Oliver, even if I wanted Christina to grow a backbone already. They were both lovely people and I have no idea how she turned out that way with the parents she had. I definitely preferred Oliver, of the two. He was sweet and endearing, especially when he didn’t want to be. I feel a little bit in love with him.
I thought the big conflict at the end was suspenseful and realistic for the time. And I was so glad Ms. Shupe didn’t introduce it just to make it go away two pages later.
I cannot wait for Ms. Shupe’s next title!!!
Joanna Shupe returns to New York City’s Gilded Age, where fortunes and reputations are gained and lost with ease—and love can blossom from the most unlikely charade
With the fate of her disgraced family resting on her shoulders, Lady Christina Barclay has arrived in New York City from London to quickly secure a wealthy husband. But when her parents settle on an intolerable suitor, Christina turns to her reclusive neighbor, a darkly handsome and utterly compelling inventor, for help.
Oliver Hawkes reluctantly agrees to a platonic marriage . . . with his own condition: The marriage must end after one year. Not only does Oliver face challenges that are certain to make life as his wife difficult, but more importantly, he refuses to be distracted from his life’s work—the development of a revolutionary device that could transform thousands of lives, including his own.
Much to his surprise, his bride is more beguiling than he imagined. When temptation burns hot between them, they realize they must overcome their own secrets and doubts, and every effort to undermine their marriage, because one year can never be enough.