One duel could be considered a matter of honor, but three duels are attempted murder! With enlightened society outraged at such reckless behavior among young noblemen, the Prince Regent orders Robert Whitworth, the earl of Tamdon’s heir, and Lord Dominic Wolfe to end their dispute by allying their families through marriage. Whichever party refuses to comply will forfeit his lands and title.
Whitworth relishes the idea of sending his younger sister Brooke to his enemy’s remote estate. He knows the Wolf will reject her as a bride, thereby losing his wealth and status. The Wolf, however, is determined to scare away the Whitworth chit. With dueling no longer an available means of destroying the man he abhors, he will be satisfied to see him lose his lands and title. But he hadn’t expected his enemy’s sister to be so resourceful or resilient.
Brooke Whitworth has been dreaming of her first Season in London because she intends to win a husband who will take her far away from her unloving family. Instead, she is being sent to the Yorkshire moors to wed a mysterious nobleman whose family is cursed and who has thrice tried to kill her brother. But there’s no room in her heart for fear; this man is her means of escape. She will make him love her!
Rating: ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆
I have been reading Johanna Lindsey books since I was in high school and unlike other authors of my teenager years, her books have not been regulated to stories to remember fondly because I’ve outgrown the author. Lindsey’s books are still as entertaining to me as when I was a teenager, although I’ll admit that I’m partial more to her regencies then the westerns that she occasionally like to write. And it’s not that I have anything against western romances, because there are a few authors like Joan Johnston who writes in the genre that I really enjoy. Lindsey just does much better, in my opinion, when she sticks to regencies.
That being said, this tale was definitely enjoyable. If you are anything like me, then you’ll probably get more then a tad bit annoyed that Brooke is being tarred with the same brush as her brother by the Wolfes. After all, we can’t pick who we are related to by blood or even by marriage (referring to one’s in-laws), so it really sucks monkey balls when people think less of you for a less then reputable family member. However, Brooke’s true nature is enough to win over Dominic and Dominic is not that much of an ass that he can’t recognize a good woman even if she is related to a man he despises. So we get our happy ending and then some since not all things are as they seem, but I won’t ruin the surprise.
Now off to figure out which new book to read next….