I enjoyed this book in spite of it not being quite what I thought it would be. The characters were complex and less than perfect, but still likable. EI enjoyed this book in spite of it not being quite what I thought it would be. The characters were complex and less than perfect, but still likable. Eve was a wealthy coal miner's daughter who ends up married to Aidan, second son and brother to a duke. He meets her when he personally delivers word of her brother's death who died under his command in battle. Out of a severe sense of duty, he marries her to save her from losing everything. She accepts his offer since she has a severe case of compassion and has taken on many dependents no one else wanted or would take. This marriage of convenience very slowly develops into something more.
In a way, it was a frustrating read. So many feelings were hidden and words left unsaid. My heart broke a hundred times during this book. Aidan was stiff and expressionless and Eve kept trying to convince herself she did not want a marriage and just wanted him to go away for ever.
The ending was absolutely wonderful. It really was a happily-ever-after. I'll read the next in the series but not right away....more
**spoiler alert** What an absolutely lovely story this was. It has elements of Cinderella and Pygmalion mixed together.
Lily had grown up on the battle**spoiler alert** What an absolutely lovely story this was. It has elements of Cinderella and Pygmalion mixed together.
Lily had grown up on the battle fields since she was 14. Her father was a soldier and she adapted to her circumstances as necessary. She had developed a special friendship with an officer, Neville, who was an earl. When her father dies in battle, Neville promises to marry her and take care of her. She was 18. They share a wonderful night of passion. The next day they are ambushed and both badly wounded. Neville recovers, but is told of Lily's death. Two years later, she shows up at his estate penniless and looking like a beggar. The servants throw her out. She ends up bursting in on the church just as he is getting ready to marry.
The emotions that are stirred up are very real and believable. I could feel for all parties, Lily, Neville, and Lauren (Neville's betrothed). That was just the beginning. The rest of the book deals with everyone trying to make the best of a difficult situation.
The most beautiful part to me was that Neville always loved her regardless of the circumstances and was so thrilled and relieved that she had lived. He offers her the world, but it is a world she can't fit into. She ends up leaving him when it is discovered that their marriage was never recorded due to the death of the minister who performed it on the battlefield. She left him because she loved him and knew she could not be a proper countess for him.
Things happen. Neville's aunt takes her under her wing under the guise of employment as a companion, primarily to educate her. She discovers her real, biological father she did not even know about. Lily ends up with three separate identities by the end of the book. But that turns out to be a good thing.
Naturally, they have an HEA I had been hoping for and looking forward to. ...more
I really wish there was some sort of auto-save feature for reviews. I just wrote an entire review and accidentally clicked outside the box and lost itI really wish there was some sort of auto-save feature for reviews. I just wrote an entire review and accidentally clicked outside the box and lost it all! I don't want to redo it.
Suffice it to say, I wanted to give this book 3 1/2 stars. It got tiring witnessing both the hero and heroine making excuses as to why their relationship would never work.
It eventually does though. They have a great HEA. I'll read the next one in the series for sure....more
I read this in an edition which also includes the sequel, No Man's Mistress.
Very interesting story. The hero, Jocelyn, Duke of Tresham, is interruptedI read this in an edition which also includes the sequel, No Man's Mistress.
Very interesting story. The hero, Jocelyn, Duke of Tresham, is interrupted in the middle of a duel by a screaming female, the heroine, Lady Sara, trying to stop the duel. It causes him to get shot in the leg. She is in hiding in London working as a commoner in a millinery shop. The Duke insists she nurse him back to health. This is their initial meeting and the story progresses from there.
I enjoyed it. Both characters are somewhat complex, each with their own baggage and problems which must be overcome. They eventually do and have their HEA. The Duke had a rather dark and evil side, which I must admit, appeals to me. Good story. Now on to - ...more
I read this as part of a book which included the first book, More Than A Mistress.
Also a wonderful romantic read. This is the story about the brotherI read this as part of a book which included the first book, More Than A Mistress.
Also a wonderful romantic read. This is the story about the brother of the previous book. It is about Ferdinand Dudley and Viola Thornhill, aka Lilian Talbot, a very famous courtesan. Viola had given up her previous life which she had been forced into and was living happily in the country at an estate she had been given by her natural father, an earl. The problems begin when Ferdinand shows up with the deed to the estate which he won in a card game, not realizing anyone was living there.
Of course, the complexities eventually work their way out and love between Ferdinand and Viola is inevitably the victor. Through all the complications and hurtful, misunderstood feelings, there is a truly great *sigh* ending....more
What a truly wonderful story this was. I don't like to give 5-star ratings too frequently. But this one deserves it for sure.
Mrs. Winslow, a widow, isWhat a truly wonderful story this was. I don't like to give 5-star ratings too frequently. But this one deserves it for sure.
Mrs. Winslow, a widow, is living a quiet, contented life in a small village away from London where scandal ruined her reputation and separated her from her family and friends forever. Enter Viscount Rawleigh visiting his twin brother. She smiles at him mistaking him for his brother. He decides to pursue her, not realizing the situation she is in. He ends up compromising her once again when he escorts her home. He is seen leaving her house from where he has been thrown out after proposing an illicit arrangement. Once again, she is ruined. Rex, Viscount Rawleigh, forces her into marriage because he realizes she is destitute and has nowhere to go. She resists, but eventually must give in.
The story of their relationship really begins here. I loved watching them getting to know each other. They both resisted since neither had wanted marriage. But it was a wonderful HEA as all is resolved in the end.
I'm glad I don't judge books by their covers because this one would never have called to me. I did not picture either character the way they appear here. I also had a difficult time finding a copy of this book for a reasonable price. I finally just gave in and bought it on ebay. Worth every dollar....more