When his father, Lord Somerset, tumbles off the roof, Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley, is called home from his Grand Tour to take the reins of the estate while the marquess recuperates. Somerset is in serious financial difficulty, which can only be remedied by marriage to an heiress, Miss Sophie Goodnight, lately arrived from India with her nabob father.
Unfortunately, Richard believes he has already lost his heart to Lady Antonia Pruett. And Miss Goodnight isn’t too keen on becoming Somerset’s purse with feet, so she foils their families’ attempts to throw her and Richard together at every turn. To make matters worse, the reason Lord Somerset fell off the roof in the first place is a secret that threatens to upend all their lives.
I received A ARC copy in exchange for a honest review, thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity.
Mia Marlowe has been on my list for quite some time, I even have a couple of her books on my Nook, because her books are so low priced, that I just couldn’t resist, but I have yet to read her until now. I started noticing her more when she started writing with Connie Masson (who is personal favorite), and afte4r reading A Rake by Any Other Name…I see why. This was so delectable and romantic and I loved each moment of it. I can indeed tell you right now this won’t be the last time I read this author, she won me over completely.
The story begins when Richard Barrett (The Hero ) finds a servant chopping away at his gran’s precious rose bush. He is outraged that a mere slip of a girl would do such a thing to the heir of Somerset. But little does he know that ‘slip of a girl’ is the woman he is suppose to marry to secure a fortune and save his families lands and the tenants that reside there. Richard soon learns that his family’s coffers are so depleted that they might have to start selling off paintings and jewelry. That is the last thing that Richard would have, but he always wants to marry someone else, a woman that makes him laugh and he can see sharing a life with…until he starts spending more time with Sophie Goodnight…a woman that is so unique and is like fresh air. (Our Heroine) Sophia Goodnight, is not your normal English miss. In fact, she is the very opposite from the norm. She grew up in India, where her father accumulated his wealth, but her father’s one desire for her is to marry a titled lord. That is the last thing she wants, she wants more from a marriage than just her wealth, a man to want her for who she truly is. She care’s less for pomp and society’s gossip’s, she would prefer to live her life in a cottage somewhere, not feeling beholden to anyone. When she meets Richard, her view changes, because even though at first she tries to put Richard and his love together, she realizes how she wants him for herself, he stirs passion and desire and feelings she wished would remain buried but overwhelm her.
This story was a blast of romantic fun!! I had no hard time getting into this book, it won me over from the very beginning. Richard and Sophie were such a great pair, and they do make sparks whenever they are near each other. The story unfolds in a way that you don’t see coming, and the ending…way different than I ever imagined…and made me excited for the second one to come out. I can hardly wait to try more from this author. This book is a story that will draw you in, a sweet and tender love story that is guaranteed to make you laugh and give you quite a entertaining interlude from reality. HEARTWARMING!!
“I wager you’ve never done anything unexpected.”
He’d show her. “You lose.”
He’d give her unexpected. Richard snatched her close and covered her mouth with his. He meant to shock her, to silence her goading tongue. Now that little pointed tongue of hers was all tangled up with his in a sudden, desperate exploration. He pinned her to the wall, her spine pressed against the flocked wallpaper next to a rather lugubrious rendering of his grandmother.
Her hands found his hair, raking her fingertips past his temples. She palmed his cheeks and slid her hnds down his neck, her touch cool at first, then hot as she smoothed her fingers down his chest and around his waist.
God help him, she made him hard as iron.
Then the kiss changed. Yielded. Her breath poured into him, warm and sweet.