Audience: Historical Romance
Length: 304 pages
Author: Harper St. George
Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: June 29th, 2021
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Sparks fly when a runaway heiress bargains with a devilish rogue to escape a marriage of convenience.
No one would guess that beneath Violet Crenshaw’s ladylike demeanor lies the heart of a rebel. American heiresses looking to secure English lords must be on their best behavior, but Violet has other plans. She intends to flee London and the marriage her parents have arranged to become a published author–if only the wickedly handsome earl who inspired her most outrageously sinful character didn’t insist on coming with her.
Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh, has a scheme of his own: escort the surprisingly spirited dollar princess north and use every delicious moment in close quarters to convince Violet to marry him. Christian needs an heiress to rebuild his Scottish estate but the more time he spends with Violet, the more he realizes what he really needs is her–by his side, near his heart, in his bed.
Though Christian’s burning glances offer unholy temptation, Violet has no intention of surrendering herself or her newfound freedom in a permanent deal with the devil. It’s going to take more than pretty words to prove this fortune hunter’s love is true.
That would probably be my favorite part of the story, the initial romance is solid. I adored Christian (and him an audio is woooooonderful). The way he catches the feels and dotes on Violet is nothing short of adorable. Chemistry is there from the get go, with fiery banter and tender moments.
Things were riding on a strong 4 star read until the conflict came about. It was clear from the get-go what it would be, but the shakedown after left much to be desired. Communication and listening was a big issue here. And waiting as long as Violet did to even do that much frustrated me. And the secret she kept for too long as well. I just didn’t appreciate those aspects. Christian was doing a lot and I think she should have heard him out much sooner.
This is a super quick read that I would recommend in audio format too! It’s got a fast pace, plenty of swoon, and for those who love spice, PLENTY of that (for those like me who don’t love that, I did have to skip a good bit after the halfway point). I was looking for a HEA and I did get that in the end. There was a set-up for the next book too that I can’t wait to read!
Overall audience notes:
- Historical romance
- Language: some
- Romance: kisses to multiple very open door scenes
- Violence: a carriage crash resulting in body injuries