Respectable Lady Katherine Baxton, striving to meet the requirements of her station, has become the ultimate dutiful daughter. And now, the Duke of Blackthorn’s betrothed. Far from a love match, Kate is nevertheless determined to do as expected and marry.
That all changes the night she panics at her impending future and runs, stumbling upon a private grove, a mysterious tree . . . and a half-naked man.
The youngest son of a viscount widely thought to have purchased his title, Jackson Cooper demonstrates his disdain for the aristocracy by affording himself every luxury available—drinking, wenching, and gambling—while eschewing anything representing the ton. Jackson has little care for his reputation and no desire to marry. His escape from London is all but complete.
Until fate—in the form of a beautiful, mysterious lady—interrupts his plans, enticing him with the very thing he never wanted.
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“Where have you been? You said ten o’clock.”
“Who knew you were such a stickler for promptness?” He seemed oblivious to the emotions swirling inside her.
“I just expect people to be where they say they will be when they say they will be there.” Her argument lost its intensity when even she got tangled in her words.
His hand reached for her and she stood immobile as his gloveless fingers secured the end of her veil and lifted it from her face. “I hate when you hide from me.”
As insane as it was, his whisper tempted her to sink into his embrace and wish the world away. Get hold of yourself, Katherine.
She cleared her throat. “What is this place?”
He chuckled above her head but thankfully followed her lead and changed the subject by turning her to the sight behind her, the area she hadn’t inspected. Past two large trees was a small structure almost covered in foliage. “This, my Kate, is my favorite place in the world.”
She let her gaze soak in her surroundings. “I thought the pond was your favorite place in the world?”
“That is my favorite place in Hyde Park. This is my favorite place in the here and now.”
“How . . . confusing,” she murmured. But when his fingers slid down her arm and clasped her hand, she found she didn’t care. “I would wager you have a lot of favorites.”
“Only when you are there.”
3 out of 5 (good)
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Firstly I will say that this is not a genre I would normally read much less review for. That being said I did enjoy the story.
The plot was well written and the characters were very well rounded and enjoyable.
My favourite character is Blackthorn who proves far from the wooden, stiff character he might appear to be at the start of the story to be gutsy and admirable. He’s the type of character you find growing on you, especially if you’re a romance lover. I did like Jackson too and the story pulls together really well.
It’s a genre I’m not keen on as I said, but this story was so well written that even non romance lovers may want to give this a try.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
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Addie Jo Ryleigh writes historical regency romances that feature rakish heroes and strong feisty heroines.
Addie Jo has lived in the same cold-winter-hot-summer area of Minnesota her entire life. Sharing in the raising of her three extremely rambunctious boys is her very understanding husband who endured being dubbed “The Duke” by his co-workers. Keeping Addie Jo company while she writes (besides her wonderfully loud children) is her yorkipoo, Bella, who is never far from Addie Jo’s side. And recently the newest addition to their family, a black lab puppy named Max.
Addie Jo has always had a love and passion for romance books and became engrossed in historical romance (particularly Regency) soon after graduating from Lurlene McDaniel’s young adult books. Currently, Addie Jo reads any genre that has a great emotional story that keeps her reading into the early hours of the morning.
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