As a young, penniless gentleman, Maxwell Harwick knew he had little to offer Juliet White—the most beautiful debutante of the season—except his love, and one thoroughly scandalous kiss. But when they were discovered in a compromising position, a nearly ruined Juliet fled into the arms of a rich, older lord… taking Max’s heart with her.
Now a widow, Lady Juliet Granworth intends to use the fortune she inherited from her odious husband to build a new life in London. Five years have passed, but she’s never forgotten Max… or his soul-searing kiss. Yet it’s clear the newly-minted Marquess of Thayne has not forgiven her—after all, the infuriating man can barely stand the sight of her. But Juliet has endured far too much to give up without a fight and if it’s a battle of wills he wants, it’s a battle he’ll get.
He hates her for breaking his heart. She detests him for destroying her future. But beneath all the loathing simmers an intoxicating passion that neither can ignore… and the harder they resist, the harder they will inevitably fall.
Review: I love Max. That’s okay to say right? I LOVE HIM. I wish I could tell you why. I wish I could list all the amazing characteristics that make him one of the best heroes I’ve read about in a long time.
Because, well, basically, it’s everything.
He’s cocky, but not too cocky, he’s wicked smart, he’s sensual, he’s funny…Need I go on? He’s basically everything I want in a good old fashioned regency rake.
The whole enemies–friends–lovers trope is one of my favorites to read, especially in regency romance. I loved the banter between both characters, it was done so well along with the underlying sexual attraction you feel sizzling between both of them. He’s still bitter about her abandoning him, and she did the only thing she knew to do at the time. He still wants her. She still wants him. It’s the perfect set up for some hilarious dialogue, and heartwarming and yet sensual situations.
I loved that the book started off with a wager. Juliet just wants to start over, Max can’t handle the fact that the girl that got away (however brief their tryst was) is living next door so he does something stupid, don’t all men? And decides hey if I win this wager, she has to leave. It’s a done deal. What happens next is what ever reader wants, they are forced into each others company, heated arguments turn into passionate embraces and Juliet soon finds out that maybe, the fresh starts, should include Max after all.
It was a beautiful regency that I know I’ll not only recommend but pick up again. I give this five roses that rule!