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When two childhood friends engage in a marriage of convenience, is there hope for more ...
I have discovered Mrs Heather Boyd’s work with the 10th book in this series and I must say, I loved her very unique writing style and her talent in portraying flesh and blood characters true to their area. There is no badass heroine nor kick-ass heroes, her characters are flawed, they make mistakes and take wrong decisions but they are also profoundly human with the ups and downs that go with it. Lenore knows she has few to expect from life, why when she received her long time friend’s letter, she didn’t not question it and sees what she only assumes he could offer and as it lands at a time when own position had became unattainable to maintain, she flew to London. So she is in for a surprise. Why he has to convince her it is the right path for them. Price is close to hit rock bottom, day and night he indulges in spirit to go to the day after, again and again. Why when challenged by his friends to find a wife, he penned in a drunken state his note to Lenore. And in all, she is his answer, the perfect efficient invisible forgettable wife. The one who will not trouble him and left him mourn his late fiancée. I was often upset at him for under the false prestance to please his new bride’s request, he leaves her all alone, to fend for herself with no one to help her smooth her first steps in society. In some way, he had traded her precarious previous position to a prison, a gilded one. He keeps her in so way sequestered in his home, introducing herself to none of his acquaintances, so she has only the friends she made before to help her adjust to married life. They walk on tiptoes around each other, their wedding night is a very awkward moment as they are unable to speak freely to one another. They, at every encounter, hurt the other by keeping their thoughts silent.
Yet, it is no sad tale, their reunion scene was just hilarious, I loved Hero. And the friends they have on both side, bring fun to the story. I loved Wharton and the playful Hillcrest cousins.
A well deserved 5 stars rate for this tale of grievance and letting the past go to open oneself heart to new hope and love.
This book was very enjoyable, but be aware that it is loaded with emotion more than action. Price is mourning the death of a woman he thought was the love of his life, who was actually murdered by his own godmother. He is weighed down by depression and lots and lots of alcohol. Lenore is a kind and intelligent young woman who has spent her life in service to various members of the nobility. Her current employer is getting engaged to a man who has made his salacious interests and intentions for Lenore known to her. When she gets a letter from Price offering her a new situation, she is elated. Over from different class levels, Price and Lenore had grown up on the same estate and were childhood friends, and she trusts him.
Some serious misunderstandings happen, of course, and along with them some serious drama. The story is told from a dual point of view, which gives the reader great understanding of the motivations and feelings being experienced by the main characters. They both undergo a good bit of character development and personal growth as the story progresses.
If you read other books in this series you may recognize a few of the secondary characters, but the book is definitely a stand-alone so you don’t need to have read anything that came before. This is a romance novel so it’s not a spoiler to tell you that Price and Lenore do manage to get their HEA. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. I also purchased a copy on Amazon.
I never bought the connection between the H and h. They were both interesting, and I did pull for them, but they barely spent enough time together to develop feelings, especially the H.
It was a good plot idea, but it wasn’t developed fully. The Earl basically spent the entire book avoiding his wife of convenience and blaming her (through internal dialogue) for their lack of interaction. It made it hard to like him, despite the grief he endured (which was also hard to believe from how the plot played out in the last book.)
Like I said, this was better than average because it is well written, but it didn’t satisfy much more than many 3-star books.
This is the 12th book in this series and for me some have been a hit and some a miss. This one was a miss for me. I was really looking forward to this story, but found much of it was silly. I did not feel a connection between Lenore and Price. I thought the supporting characters brought nothing to the story including the dog.