A classic tale of sensuous secrets and unanticipated passion,from the extraordinary New York Times bestselling author
The toast of the town ...
All London is at Julia Wentworth's feet—and anything she desires is hers for the asking. But the glamorous leading lady guards a shocking secret: a mystery husband whom she does not know, dares not mention ... and cannot love.
For years Damon Savage has been searching for the stranger his parents wed him to without his consent, hoping to legally free himself from matrimony's invisible chains. And he is astonished to discover his "bride" is none other than the exquisite lady he'd hoped to make his mistress! But though his wife by law, Julia will never truly be Damon's—until he conquers her fears, his formidable rivals ... and her proud, passionate, and independent heart.
Topics: Arranged Marriage, England, London, Regency Era, Steamy, Secrets, and Acting
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after he kidnapped her with the intent to "ruin" her and said it wouldn't be rape because he would make her want it, I was totally turned off.more
And, if it matters to anyone else, there's no cousin-marrying here.more
In fact, she does such a good job of it that she doesn't have to fall back on the premise from which the novel begins: that Julia and Damon are already married. Rather than using that hook to lasso them together, by the time Julia and Damon recognize one another as husband and wife their relationship continues to develop with a momentum of its own.
Julia is wonderful and vivacious. Damon was not a very well-defined hero, in my opinion; a little wooden. I never felt like I knew him well or understood him thoroughly. This is problematic because Kleypas devotes quite a bit of space in this novel to setting up the sequel, and the character of its hero Logan Scott is compelling and believable in a way that Damon isn't.
Still, this is a better-than-average Kleypas, and Kleypas is always a cut above the rest in romance. It's worth a read.more