Collette Cameron brings back one of the most fascinating and fun families with this fantastic Regency romance. I can honestly say I've been anticipating this story since Brette Culpepper and Alexander Hawksworth had their first meeting in a previous Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper story. Don't let this deter you from picking this book up right now if you haven't read about the other Culpepper women. I highly recommend you do read those books as well, but you can read this one right now without them.
Brette is a wonderful heroine, a definite breath of fresh air. I love how she took everything face on. If she thought she was responsible for something wrong she took the consequences. Her strength and determination made her so easy to admire. When she discovers some unbelievable things she handled everything with such an undeniable matter of fact attitude that I couldn't help but cheer her on. I would have fought Brette for Hawk if I thought I would have even half a chance.
Hawk is such an in depth character. I loved how he isn't what he appears on the surface but he is so much deeper. I loved that we got to share his thoughts with him on how he felt about Brette, his position in society and his relationships with his friends and family. He doesn't handle the change to his situation with as much aplomb as Brette does but he does go forward admirably.
I enjoyed catching up with some characters I'd met earlier as well as getting to know some new ones. Whether they'd just been introduced or if they were seasoned characters I find the author has an amazing skill to bring each one to life. I enjoyed the details that enriched the setting without dragging the story down with too much detail. I cannot wait to read the next Culpepper lady's adventure and I can't recommend picking up this story highly enough.
The Story: Brette Culpepper is not like her sister and cousins. She enjoys the pomp and pageantry of Town life but when her desire to match make for an acquaintance backfires she finds herself in hot water. Alexander Hawksley has always felt more comfortable as a rogue rather than a rector but his circumstances have dictated his station in life. But when circumstances drastically change for them both can Hawk and Brette ever find a way to be together?
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A rogue turned rector believes his adventures are over until a precocious debutante bursts headlong into his life.
When duty decrees former rogue Alexander Hawksworth fill the vacant vicarship a male in his family has held for generations, he resigns himself to a sober existence. Though he’s committed to his parish, he misses the soirées and parties, especially after the precocious Brette Culpepper arrives in London. After he unexpectedly inherits an earldom, he’s determined to make her his countess—until he’s accused of murdering the previous earl.
New to Society, Brette adores the whirlwind social scene and the slightly-sensual verbal sparring with the devilishly attractive Alex Hawksworth. She finds herself falling in love with the charming vicar, but when rumors circulate, she’s a peer’s illegitimate granddaughter, her world turns upside down. To make matters worse, a newly appointed guardian emerges, intent on forcing her to wed an elderly degenerate instead of Alex.
Time is against them as Alex struggles to clear his name and deliver the woman he loves from an unthinkable fate.
Buy the third book in The Blue Rose Regency Romances: The Culpepper Misses historical series for a romping, emotional, and romantic adventure you won't want to put down.
Though this novel is part of a series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone.
Formerly titled Brette: Intentions Gone Astray (Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper, Book 3)