New York Times best-selling author Johanna Lindsey delivers a sparkling, passionate tale of an earl's daughter who must convince a mysterious viscount to marry her and end his vendetta against her brother.
One duel could be considered a matter of honor, but three duels are attempted murder!
With enlightened society outraged at such reckless behavior among young noblemen, the prince regent orders Robert Whitworth, the earl of Tamdon's heir, and Lord Dominic Wolfe to end their dispute by allying their families through marriage. Whichever party refuses to comply will forfeit his lands and title.
Whitworth relishes the idea of sending his younger sister, Brooke, to his enemy's remote estate. He knows the Wolf will reject her as a bride, thereby losing his wealth and status. The Wolf, however, is determined to scare away the Whitworth chit. With dueling no longer an available means of destroying the man he abhors, he will be satisfied to see him lose his lands and title. But he doesn't expect his enemy's sister to be so resourceful or resilient.
Brooke Whitworth has been dreaming of her first Season in London, because she intends to win a husband who will take her far away from her unloving family. Instead she is being sent to the Yorkshire moors to wed a mysterious nobleman whose family is cursed and who has thrice tried to kill her brother. But there's no room in her heart for fear; this man is her means of escape. She will make him love her!
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I have been a fan of JL since I was a teenager. This makes me think that I have been reading her for over 30 years. She is not getting better and has lost the romantic style she had at the start of the Malory series. The premise of the book was great. 2 people that had to marry and the person they both hate is the heroine's brother.
The heroine is sent to "get to know" the hero. She is wonderful and has everything it takes to win him. That was a great start. I thought it would be fantastic if they then don't have to marry, but the hero has fallen in love and then takes his turn to win her over.
That could have taken this dull plot to an interesting place, but it just trailed off into a different plot. I could not even understand the plot to tell the truth. I kept waiting for it to make sense.
She did not give the thoughts of the hero. It was all from the heroine's point of view, so you never got a chance to really know or care for the hero. It was not involving and out of nowhere ( because there was no thought process) he is in love with the heroine.
Also, this is another JL story where the heroine has to take some kind of "drug" to feel sexual excitement before a love scene. I really don't like the way this author has used this lazy plot device . It's also a little disturbing and she should probably stop it.
Yes. I think she is a good narrator. Not the best, but not the worst.
This is not a story that required cutting characters. If anything the plot between the hero's friend's relationship with the heroine's older lady's maid might have been very interesting. They could have been a good couple, if the plot was not wasted on idiotic interaction between the h/h.
I still don't understand why the heroine faked an ear infection that removed h/h dialogue for 2 days of the story.
So many questions about why the characters acted in certain ways.
I don't think JL put much thought into this story and it showed. In the story the heroine was refered to as Lady >last name>, instad of lady Brook, which is the correct use of her title.
Also, there is a ballroom scene where the h/h dance together many times, which was not the custom, and the heroine only danced with the hero, also not the norm for that time.
A lot of this book kept taking me out of the plot to ask "why". Not what you want in a novel.