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432 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published January 26, 2015
She was everything he’d ever wanted in a woman, and nothing he’d ever thought to find in a lady.
With him, she wasn’t American, or a duchess, or even Merry.
She was home.
“You are my American duchess,” Trent said gruffly, his finger tracing the shape of her cheek. “You pour milk into tea at the wrong time, but you do everything else the right way. I love the way you speak. And I love what you say. I’ve never met another woman who is as fascinating.”
“You have been mine since the moment we met on the balcony.”
I adored Merry with her fierce loyalty, her honesty and passion. I loved that she wasn’t demure and shy like most HR heroines. And I loved that she wasn’t perfect, that she became infatuated quickly by the men who pursued her, who showed her only their good sides, until she realised that they weren’t who she thought they were. She might have had two broken engagements, but that didn’t make her fickle as she thought she was, in my eyes it showed that she was smart enough to call things off before she made a mistake she couldn’t fix.
He had had no idea that he’d been waiting for a particular woman, but it turned out he had been waiting for an American with glossy curls who would look him straight in the eye and not give a damn that he was a duke.
Jack, the Duke of Trent, I loved from the beginning until nearly the end. I loved how besotted he was right from the start, how he thought Merry was perfect for him before even knowing that she was his brother’s fiancé and I loved that by the middle of the book he did everything he could to make her his, although I wasn’t happy that she wasn’t told the truth of what was going to happen beforehand.
She fit his hands as if she’d been made for them.
This was ridiculous. One look, one touch, and he felt starkly possessive.
I loved their passionate chemistry, how Jack couldn’t stop wanting Merry, and once they got married I really liked their marriage, how well they connected outside and inside of the bedroom. And I loved the pineapple incident, and how it contributed to their HEA. Of course with Jack’s past and his distrust about love I knew the drama was coming, but I didn’t expect him to make her feel so insecure, and that upset me greatly. Luckily he did come to his senses and they had the HEA that I always love.
This was a difficult book to rate. I loved everything about the book up and to the 80% mark, where my issues mentioned before happened, and I just couldn’t regain my love for it after that. But I still loved most of the book, and I really liked the author’s writing. This was my first book by this author, and it won’t be my last.
"He looks just like you, doesn't he?" she asked softly.
So much joy filled his heart that it felt as if it might crack. He sat down beside her, arranging Thomas so that he could see his mother. Or could see his mother if he cared to open his eyes.
"I love you, " Trent whispered. "God, Merry, I love you so much." . . .
That love got them through another baby, Fanny, and then a third, Peter. After Fanny learned to walk, she loved nothing more than to pull a small red wagon containing her brother Peter.
No one except Trent understood why his wife laughed so joyously at the sight of her beautiful children trundling about in that shiny red wagon.