To be fairly modest during this review I am going to simply declare how much I loved this historical romance! Stunning, vibrate and utterly enriched in detailed writing this romance has quickly became one of my all-time favorite reads.
The story itself was such a sweet surprise as soon as I read the opening chapter. Instantly I became hooked on James, the disgraced duke and hero of the tale. Seductive, sexy and the kind of hero a girl like myself expects to find in any romance novel I was certainly pleased with my intro to James. Of course much can be said for Charlene, the heroine of the book. She was a bit of a spit fire. Beautiful with a slight charm about her Charlene stood out as a heroine and I was not expecting her to be such a delightful character.
As for the romance I loved the attraction between James and Charlene. Perhaps they might not have been the idea match, but that is why I love the story so much. Their chemistry was a fiery spark that could not be blown out. Both James and Charlene knew what they wanted both in and out of the bedroom which created a worthy adventure for me.
I do want to comment on the writing style of the author Lenora Bell. For this to be a debut novel the writing is the strongest that I have seen in a very long time. Bell delivers a romance that echos what true historical-romance fiction is suppose to be. In short I have waited a long time to rediscover an author such as Bell that can possess the imagination to weave together a romance tale worth praising.
Do read the book! I promise it is one of the best romances that you shall ever have the pleasure of reading!
The pleasure of your company is requested at Warbury Park. Four lovely ladies will arrive… but only one can become a duchess.
James, the scandalously uncivilized Duke of Harland, requires a bride with a spotless reputation for a strictly business arrangement. Lust is prohibited and love is out of the question.
Four ladies. Three days. What could go wrong?
She is not like the others…
Charlene Beckett, the unacknowledged daughter of an earl and a courtesan, has just been offered a life-altering fortune to pose as her half-sister, Lady Dorothea, and win the duke’s proposal. All she must do is:
* Be the perfect English rose [Ha!]
* Breathe, smile, and curtsy in impossibly tight gowns [blast Lady Dorothea’s sylph-like figure]
* Charm and seduce a wild duke [without appearing to try]
* Keep said duke far, far from her heart [no matter how tempting]
When secrets are revealed and passion overwhelms, James must decide if the last lady he should want is really everything he needs. And Charlene must decide if the promise of a new life is worth risking everything . . . including her heart.