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Yet another wonderful story in this series. I really like the fact that the characters in this series are far more complex than they first appear. They are shaped by their experiences, both good and bad and they find their HEA as they accept love despite thinking they will never find it. Jo’s life with her first husband was as bad as I’d imagined it might be. She’s has had to learn not to accept the negative self talk he imposed on her, as well as the feelings of inadequacy. Bran feels overwhelmed with the changes that have seen him travel thousands of miles from the only place he considered home. He has a young daughter, a new earldom and an unloving mother. When he and Jo team up they make a great team. I was very happy to read Jo’s story and see her get her HEA. Now I’m onto the next book in the series.
A beautiful story of falling in love regardless the boundaries. I felt so strongly in regards to Jo’s plight of wanting children and thinking she was barren. Loved the characters and the families strength and the HEA ending. Great Epilogue. Steamy read!
I just love these books. This is the second standalone I've read, and I can't wait to go back and read them all!!
In this story, I really enjoyed Jo. I felt she was realistic (for as much as I know about the time period, which isn't a lot, but I really liked her!), and I especially liked how she had a very unfortunate past and she actually told Bran about it. None of this "I'll just have to keep my secret until the end of the book for a big reveal" sort of thing.
Bran was awesome! True to his nickname, he did as he pleased. Period. And boy, he did NOT mess around when it came to his daughter. She was his number one priority and it was really endearing to read how he made that principle his life's mission.
For as sweet as this book was, HOLY SMOKES was there some hotness in there! Jo and Bran couldn't be together in the public eye, so they had to sneak in their alone time, and boy, was there some steam in those stolen moments!
All in all, I love this series and can't wait to read more books by Darcy!
(I received a copy of this book in consideration of an honest review)
After reading so many disappointing ones, it feels like I finally got treasure trove. I LOVED it!! Bran Crowther has become the new Earl of Knighting after the death of his father and 2 brothers. He unwillingly gave up his life in Barbados to come to England to take on the responsibilities. Jo(Joanna) Shaw became a widow a year ago. Her husband was gay and he had been malicious towards her because of that. In those times I think, being gay was unheard of. Jo becomes close to Bran's daughter Evie and becomes her governess. Bran and Jo's passion is so steamy, it jumps off the pages. I liked each and every one of their sexual encounters, sexual or otherwise. I am so impressed by this one that I am going to pick up this author's other books as well. Well done!