The eldest of the three Sloane sisters, Olivia is unafraid to question the boundaries of Society-even if it does frequently land her in trouble. Disdaining the glittery world of balls and courtship, Olivia prefers to spend her time writing fiery political essays under a pseudonym for London’s leading newspaper. But when her columns attract the attention of the oh-so-proper Earl of Wrexham, Olivia suddenly finds herself dancing on the razor’s edge of scandal. With the help of her sisters, she tries to stay one step ahead of trouble . . .
However, after a series of madcap misadventures, Wrexham, a former military hero who is fighting for social reform in Parliament, discovers Olivia’s secret. To her surprise, he proposes a temporary alliance to help win passage of his bill. Passion flares between them, but when a political enemy kidnaps the earl’s young son, they must make some dangerous decisions . . . and trust that love will conquer all.
Review: I was so amazed at how much I absolutely loved this book. I was beyond surprised because I really don’t normally like historical novels. I really want to and I hate that I don’t but I usually find them very dry and not worth my time. Without a doubt one of my favorite books that I have read this year. I adored Olivia. She is exactly how I see myself if I was born in the time this book was set. Headstrong, stubborn and outspoken. She really does not want to be part of the crowd or someone that is seen and not heard.
I don’t even know how to put my thoughts together right now. Elliott’s writing is superb. The dialogue between Olivia and Wrexham is witty, funny and super intelligent. Olivia is a female character unlike any character I have read in historical romance novels. She is a hardcore feminist and beyond intelligent with a knowledge of the political arena that most men did not have.
The relationship between Olivia and Wrexham would be one that I would want to have. They respect each other and are friends before anything else. They work well together. There is strong sense of trust that most relationships don’t have.
I have to read the rest of the books in the series. I also really liked Olivia’s sisters Anna and Caro. They were also strong and spunky females that were raised unconventionally for the time. Now that their father has passed away the mother feels the need to marry all 3 girls off to wealthy men. The 3 girls feel differently.
I would recommend this book to anyone that loves different romances that happen differently than most romance novels. I laughed out loud often and cheered on Olivia. Olivia is my hero. Forget book boyfriend. I want Olivia to be my book girlfriend.