Title: Only Enchanting (Survivor’s Club #4)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Mary Balogh
Publisher: Penguin Group
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
The Survivors’ Club: Six men and one woman, all wounded in the Napoleonic Wars, their friendship forged during their recovery at Penderris Hall in Cornwall. Now, in the fourth novel of the Survivors’ Club series, Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, has left this refuge to find his own salvation—in the love of a most unsuspecting woman.… Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, was devastated by his fiancée’s desertion after his return home. Now the woman who broke his heart is back—and everyone is eager to revive their engagement. Except Flavian, who, in a panic, runs straight into the arms of a most sensible yet enchanting young woman. Agnes Keeping has never been in love—and never wishes to be. But then she meets the charismatic Flavian, and suddenly Agnes falls so foolishly and so deeply that she agrees to his impetuous proposal of marriage. When Agnes discovers that the proposal is only to avenge his former love, she’s determined to flee. But Flavian has no intention of letting his new bride go, especially now that he too has fallen so passionately and so unexpectedly in love.
Mary Balogh can weave a web that captures the reader and refuses to release until the last page is read. Flavian was wounded by a gunshot to the head in the War. It took him a long time to recover but still he has blanks where memories should be. Agnes is widowed three years from a husband she admired but never loved. These two meet at a country ball then not again for several months and then fate conspires to throw them into each other’s company on several occasions. This does sound like many other historical romance plots but don’t be too hasty. There are twists and surprises and revelations.
Mary Balogh has penned an intriquing and absorbing romance. I highly recommend this for all historical romance divotees.