Call her a romantic—or a fool, Lady Monique Cathdon is determined to marry for love. After watching her parents tolerate an arranged betrothal, life seems too short to be wasted on keeping up appearances.
After all, what’s the point of having a heart if one refuses to follow it?
With a smile the devil himself might be proud of, James Stanton is not what her mother would call a matrimonial prospect. Still, there’s something about the young man that sends Lady Monique’s heart thumping around her chest, and silences her voice of reason.
Unfortunately for Lady Monique, the stakes are high, and young ladies of the ton make for very poor gamblers. Especially when James Stanton is on the hunt for revenge, and won’t let an innocent woman—or his own passionate desires—get in the way of righting past wrongs.
|I haven’t read a historical romance in a while and it felt like a breather
from all the fantasy and contemporary romances I’ve been reading as of late.
Story wise, I can’t say it’s any different from some of the books I’ve read before both historical and contemporary. But being a historical romance that this is, the author definitely succeeded in making it sound and appear like the 1800. I felt like I was transported back in time as I read along. From the dialogue, the setting, the theme, the author did a magnificent job. There’s also consistency with the characters. I was waiting for a slip when the characters went through several phase of emotions but that didn’t happen. Every one spoke and acted like 1800s people. Of course it wasn’t my generation and probably not even yours too, so it was more like the feeling when you get to watch 1800s films. The only difference was that I saw this story in vivid colors instead of black and white. In that aspect, the cover helped a lot in conjuring up the proper image for me.
Aside from the romance, it’s also a story of family and friendships. And I always loved it when those two are included in a good story. That said, my favorite characters were the brother and the best friend. I loved the brother’s character because I didn’t expect him to turn out to be the way he did. And the best friend because she proved her worth as a friend.
It’s my first time to read Mariel Grey and I enjoyed not just the story but also the smooth flow of her writing. If you love historical romances, I recommend this book for you.