Thursday, February 09, 2017
Life for Lady Adelaide Bell was easier if she hid in her older sister's shadow--which worked until her sister got married. Even with the pressure of her socially ambitious mother, the last thing she expected was a marriage of convenience to save her previously spotless reputation.
Lord Trent Hawthorne couldn't be happier that he is not the duke in the family. He's free to manage his small estate and take his time discovering the life he wants to lead, which includes grand plans of wooing and falling in love with the woman of his choice. When he finds himself honor bound to marry a woman he doesn't know, his dream of a marriage like his parents' seems lost forever.
Already starting their marriage on shaky ground, can Adelaide and Trent's relationship survive the pressures of London society?
This book left me in a state of giddy happiness that was still there more than twenty-four hours after I read the last sentence.
I have always been a sucker for marriage of convenience stories and it has become my favorite plot line in romance novels. So when an author who I've come to absolutely love announced that her third book is going to feature a marriage of convenience, I was beyond excited and could not wait to get my hands on it! When my copy finally arrived it taunted me from my TBR pile as I read a couple books I HAD to finish for review. But the second I finished those I dove in and fell in love.
Trent was an entertaining character in the previous two books so I knew he was going to make a wonderful hero, and he absolutely did! It took him a bit to get used to the idea but once he had his "aha" moment he was committed. I loved his boyish charm and the deeper side of him that not many people got to see. His ideas and plans for wooing his wife may not have been conventional and they may have appeared downright crazy to some but they honestly made me melt a bit and I thought they were adorably romantic.
I don't believe we had ever met Adelaide before the opening pages of this novel but even if we had, it's not a surprise that I don't remember her, no one really does. Her mother cared only for making sure the eldest daughter married well and often seemed to forget that Adelaide even existed. It broke my heart in some ways imagining her growing up without feeling like her mother even cared about her but at the same time the fact that she wasn't heavily influenced by the woman probably is what let her become the kind caring person she is instead of having the conniving shrew-like tendencies of her mother and sister. I loved the way that she tried to make the best of the situation she found herself in and it was amazing to see her blossom away from her family and learn who she really was.
Both Trent and Adelaide had some quirks that others may find annoying but I loved how they saw them as endearing. Honestly they were just absolutely adorable as a couple!
It was great fun catching up with the rest of the Hawthorne family and their spouses. I loved the way they welcomed Adelaide and immediately treated her as family. Griffith was especially entertaining in this book and I can't wait to see what happens in his book!
Also, I laughed so much during this book! I wasn't expecting it to be as amusing as it was but the humor was woven in so naturally and I loved it!
I can't recommend this series enough (but make sure you read them in order including the prequel novella) and I hope you all get to enjoy the Hawthornes soon!
Meet the Author
Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computer Science but always knew she wanted to write. In addition to several pre-published contests, Kristi is a Rita award winner and has also been a finalist in the INSPY, Christy, and GRW Maggie Award of Excellence. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at www.kristiannhunter.com.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.