Author: Anna Bennett
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire, is known throughout the ton for three things: the burn scars on his neck, his ornery disposition, and the trail of broken hearts behind him. None of which would concern Miss Elizabeth Lacey in the least—if she weren’t living under his roof. As his grandmother’s companion, Beth is all too concerned with the moody and compelling duke. Incensed by his plans to banish the sweet dowager duchess to the country, Beth refuses to do his bidding. If Alex wants her help, he’s going to have to take her dare…and grant her three wishes.
Alex adores his grandmother, which is precisely why she must leave. A string of unfortunate incidents has him worried for the safety of everyone around him—including the dowager’s loyal and lovely companion, Beth. But the notorious wallflower isn’t as meek as she appears, and as their battle of wills heats up, so does Alex’s desire. He’s dangerously close to falling in love with her…and revealing secrets he’d rather keep hidden. How can he convince her that his darkest days are behind him—and that, for the first time in forever, his heart is true?
Review: Deliciously evocative of Barbara Cartland at her best, this lush romance came with a side of suspense and matchmaking. There was a mischievous, sweet grandmother trying to herd her bossy grandson into a relationship with our spirited young heroine. Beth prefers to stay away from society, having been mocked by society in the past. Her uncle convinces her to stay with his dear friend, the Dowager Duchess of Blackshire, because she was lonely and longed for a companion. Seemed like an easy thing to do, right?
Plus, the Dowager had assured Beth that her grandson Alexander, the current Duke, preferred to stay at his country estate. So, she wouldn’t have to deal with him. The Duke had quite the reputation, so Beth was very glad for that.
Unfortunately, Alex didn’t get the memo about staying away.
He’s on the hunt for the person who wants him dead. One incident of what appeared to be poisoning? He could have gotten a bug or eaten spoiled food. The carriage accident he nearly didn’t survive? That was harder to attribute to mere coincidence. Whoever it was hadn’t been successful, obviously, but they appeared to be persistent. Alex was worried that they might try to hurt those close to him…like his grandmother. When he reaches his townhouse, however, he finds a very different type of foe.
The clash between Alex and Beth was sizzling and sweet, with the two at first refusing to compromise. Luckily their feelings became heated in a good way as they teamed up to protect the Dowager and find the killer.
Naughty and complicated with just the right amount of angst, I’m looking forward to reading more from this author. Thanks!