What if the steps they take to avoid marriage…
The last thing Asher MacGregor, newly titled Earl of Balfour, wants is a society wife, though he has agreed to squire Boston heiress Hannah Cooper about the London ballrooms. When he’s met that obligation, he’ll return to the Highlands, and resume the myriad responsibilities awaiting him there.
…Lead instead to impossible love?
At her step-father’s insistence, Hannah Cooper must endure a London season, though she has no intention of surrendering her inheritance to a fortune hunter. When she’s done her duty, she’ll return to Boston and the siblings who depend upon her for their safety… or will she? The taciturn Scottish earl suits her purposes admirably-until genuine liking and unexpected passion bring Asher and Hannah close. For if the Scottish earl and the American heiress fall in love, an ocean of differences threatens to keep them apart.
Review: I normally love Grace Burrowes books and have a certain formula for reading them. She’s a very detail oriented author so more often than not, I know, going into the book, that she needs to set the scene before anything else happens.
So, when I started this book and wasn’t instantly charmed–I knew, it would get better.
And it did, it just took around 100 pages to get there. Once the book took off, I was completely enthralled. Grace Burrowes books are like a fine wine, the flavor doesn’t necessarily hit you all at once…but after a glass or two, you want the whole bottle.
Hannah was a different type of heroine. She was very deliberate about what she wanted and how she was going to go about everything. At times I felt sorry for her because it seemed she was so one track minded that she couldn’t really see how other people had been put in her life to help her, Asher, especially. She was headstrong, unwavering, and very very shall we say improper when it came to her dealings with Asher, yet at the same time, I could respect and even understand why she acted the way she did.
Asher wasn’t a rake, he was simply a gentleman trying to do the right thing and in the end got caught up in the idea of lust and finally love. He was trying to do right by Hannah but by doing right, he ended up spending way too much time alone with her. He kept saying it was time to find a bride, but really he only had eyes for her. I imagine that after the first kiss he knew it was all downhill.
The romance in this book is hot, but again, it took me a while to warm to the characters. As always the dialogue was spot on and I loved the ending because as always Ms. Burrowes has a flair for the romantic. It was epic and beautiful.
A word of warning–DONT quit reading the book. Power through and you’ll get to all the wonderful parts. Ms. Burrowes is truly one of the best historical authors I’ve read. It’s always a pleasure.