To ruin a man's life once takes a regrettable mistake. To do so twice takes a woman like Julianne Baxter.
Eleven months ago, Julianne's statement to the authorities wrongly implicated Patrick, the new Earl of Haversham, in his older brother's death. The chit is as much trouble as her red hair suggests, and just as captivating. Now she has impetuously tracked him to the wilds of Scotland, insisting that he return home to face a murder charge and save his family from ruin. A clandestine wedding may be the only way to save her reputation - and his neck from the hangman's noose.
Julianne has no objection to the match. More and more she's convinced of Patrick's innocence, though when it comes to igniting her passions, the man is all too guilty. And if they can only clear his name, a marriage made in haste could bring about the most extraordinary pleasure....
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The BEST in the Series!!!
Let’s face it, I hate shrewish heroines. My heart sank when I read some of the reviews as some indicated the heroine was horrid. I remembered Julianne from book 2 and I didn't hate her but neither did I like her much, needless to say I had grave misgivings + the reviews… I almost considered not reading it but I have a knack for finishing a series. With that said, I made the RIGHT decision!!! Julianne is a fantastic heroine! She gives an aura of being a snob but underneath, she is very soft of heart. She has many layers and they make for a great heroine, probably one of my favorites.
I was engaged from the very beginning. One of the elements of the story that I enjoyed was marriage fairly early instead of the last few pages of the book. It allows the hero and heroine’s relationship to grow fairly easier (IMO) more so than clandestine meetings in a dark alcove. I liked the hero a lot, Patrick is overall a very good guy and it’s hard not to root for him. He really deserved better than he got. Despite it all he was willing to sacrifice himself for the good of his family and Julianne. He was in need of a HEA.
However, Julianne shined brighter IMO. She wants to right a wrong and will go to great lengths to do so (I.E. Flying off to Scotland, unchaperoned to beg a man she wrongly accused of murder to return and face charges because she now knows she made a mistake, reputation be damned!). As I mentioned before she does appear snobbish but she can wield it like a deadly weapon when needed; just ask the Vicar and Aunt Margaret. To sum it up her character development was great and was done In a manner that didn’t turn me against the heroine.
The mystery of the murderer held my interest. I had it all figured out or so I thought... JM threw a curve ball to rival a MLB pitcher! I can’t say it enough, this story has a fantastic plot, fantastic characters, mystery, and a good balance of romance and sex— much more than the first two books. Though I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books, they can’t hold a candle to this one! Although this book can stand-alone, I highly recommend reading the entire series in order… It’ll make much more sense. Hands down this was the best in the series followed by What Happens in Scotland and then Summer is For Lovers. I thoroughly enjoyed this series! I wish that there were more.
Narration: Lana J. Weston – Lana was great. I felt like she got better and better with each book narrated in this series. She did a fantastic Julianne, she made her sound like she appeared, snobbish and an airhead but strong willed and defiant all in one. I enjoyed all of her voices. She makes a great duo with JMQ
We also meet the hero in JM’s new book The Accidental Wallflower.
- The Duchess
Honor, redemption and loyalty