Alyse Bell and Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, are thrust together after Marcus purchases Alyse at a wife auction. On the journey to his estate, they learn what started as a mistake might just lead them to happiness.
I was hooked on this story from the very first sentence, mostly because it was quite memorable. I loved the plot from the beginning and couldn’t wait to see it all unfold. The story moved along nicely and I didn’t find myself bored or needing to stop reading.
I really liked both Alyse and Marcus. We had gotten a glimpse or Marcus in previous books in this series and I was glad to get to know him better. I liked that he couldn’t seem to make himself abandon Alyse no matter how much he wanted to. I liked that Alyse was very down to earth and never had any TSTL moments. I also really liked that instead of being instantly in lust with each other, they slowly came to like each other.
As much as I love house parties and balls, sometimes I want to get away from those things in a historical romance. To that end, I liked that some of the novel was spent with Alyse and Marcus traveling to his estate in Scotland and not in London.
There wasn’t really one big conflict in this book unless you count the misadventures on their journey as one conflict. Instead, there were lots of little problems along the way, which I often prefer. Keeps the story moving along better that way.
I am very excited to see what Sophie Jordan will write for us next!
A bride wasn’t in his plans . . .
The last thing Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, expects to see after sleeping off a night’s drunken shenanigans is a woman being auctioned in the village square. Before he can think about the ramifications, he buys her, thinking he’s winning the girl her freedom. Instead, he discovers he’s bought a wife.
A duke wasn’t in hers . . .
Alyse Bell is almost rid of the shackles that bound her in a name-only marriage, but the day her friend promised to purchase her in a wife auction, he vanishes, leaving her to face a mob of unsavory bachelors intent on owning her body and soul. But the appearance of a wicked, wealthy stranger changes her path forever.
The road to ruin . . .
Marcus doesn’t know what to do with the impertinent chit who clearly isn’t duchess material! Insisting their marriage isn’t legitimate, they leave for his estate in Scotland, hoping to devise a plan to get rid of each other. However, on a journey fraught with misadventure, their attraction grows and Marcus realizes he’ll do anything to keep this fiery woman for his own.