Genre: Historical Romance/Regency
Author: Amelia Grey
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Aug 4, 2015 (available for preorder)
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
CAN A HASTILY ARRANGED MATCH Harrison Thornwick is the Heirs’ Club’s newest member. His carefree days as a reckless rogue carousing around London are suddenly behind him after the tragic death of his brother leaves him in charge of the family estate. What’s more, the Prince himself has offered to secure his marital prospects. Now Harrison has no choice but to grin and bear his noble fate-and the woman who’s been chosen for him.
BECOME A LOVE FOR ALL TIME?
Miss Angelina Rule is a spectacular beauty, a dream match for any man. But she is fiercely independent-and full of passion-and is all set to rebel against her royal order of marriage…until she meets the devilishly charming Harrison. With him by her side, Angelina devises a scheme that will teach her meddlesome relatives a lesson, once and for all. But little did she and Harrison expect to fall into a tempestuous attraction-and a powerful desire that neither of them can deny…
I’m presented with a “description” (blurb) that is not quite accurate to the book. Who writes these and don’t they read the book? The part I object to: “Angelina devises a scheme that will teach her meddlesome relatives a lesson” Yes Angelina devises a scheme but she is not trying to teach anyone a lesson, she is trying to save her father from prison.
This has a plot based on a love triangle. Angelina fell in love with a dashing Army officer at the age of 16 and has not seen him for three years. She believes that when they reunite they will marry. But her father has made a deal with the Prince Regent to marry her off to, Harrison, the Earl of Thornwick. Angelina balks at the betrothal but gradually falls for Harrison. Meanwhile, her long lost officer returns, wounded and wanting to woo her. What compounds her problems is the fact that she is trying to keep her father out of prison.
This is a terrific book! The writing is superb and the romance sublimely sensual. There is sizzling chemistry between Angelina and Harrison. The Army officer, Captain Maxwell, is perfectly nuanced in his PTSD and insecuities. The characters are all so believable and their actions and responses so human. All are not easily redeemed, but some are. Amelia Grey is an accomplished storyteller. I look forward to reading more of her novels.
This is the second book in the trilogy but can easily be read as a standalone novel. However, I intend to pick up the first book in the trilogy because I want to know all about Bray, the Duke of Drakestone ( The Duke in My Bed).
(I love the cover!!!)