A Reluctant Betrothal

Amanda Weaver
A Reluctant Betrothal
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Carina Press
Release Date
September 2016
Book 3 of The Grantham Girls
Historical Romance

From the seaside villas of France to the sumptuous drawing rooms of London's Victorian aristocracy comes a tale of star-crossed lovers desperate to escape their irresistible—and terribly inconvenient—passion.

When Grace Godwyn is introduced to her soon-to-be fiancé's closest friend, she can hardly keep from fainting. The man whose angry gaze confronts her is none other than the handsome stranger who came to her aid in a dark French alleyway. The stranger with whom she'd shared a moment of reckless passion. And now, with a single word, he could destroy her one chance for security.

Julian St. John, Lord Knighton, owes his friend too much to allow him to fall into the clutches of a craven fortune hunter. He knows all he needs to know of Grace Godwyn: that she's the orphaned and penniless daughter of a disgraced viscount; that her lips taste incomparably sweet. There is no way he is going to allow this marriage to take place.

Yet the more time Julian and Grace are forced to spend in each other's company, the more irresistible their desire grows—and the more devastating the potential consequences.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Jul 29, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
46 people found the following review helpful
Historical romances are so much fun to read…it's hard to imagine so many restrictions and recriminations on love and marriage!

Grace Godwyn is a very practical, straight-laced young woman. Though her father was a viscount, they lived in destitute squalor when she was growing up, until his death and her being granted tutelage as a lady with Ms. Grantham. The one night where she indulges herself with a nameless man in France comes back to haunt her, as it turns out he's the best friend of the man she hopes to marry for security.

Julian St. John, Lord Knighton, grew up in the shadow of his roguish father's misdeeds, and has kept his nose clean trying to make up for his sins. Something about Grace makes him throw all of his hard-fought propriety out the window, and he KNOWS that his friend isn't going to be enough for the fiery young woman he's spotted underneath her polish. Will the two of them be able to ignore their attraction, or will everyone be hurt by their forbidden romance?

I'm a huge fan of Ms. Weaver's Grantham Girls series, and Grace's story is no exception! These historical romances are the perfect blend of sexy and tasteful, with the peerage of England society both observing rules yet breaking them whenever their lust becomes too much. This story wasn't as spirited as the first two books in the series, as Grace grew up in a much different situation than her friends did, and Julian was about as buttoned-up as they come. Even so, as the story went on, the passion and desperation between the two of them became heated and needy and sexy as hell. They had good chemistry that lit the pages up whenever they were together, and you can't help but root for them even though they're both on the verge of being promised to other people. Julian's guilt over betraying his best friend and, in his mind, acting like his licentious father, were the worst kind of sins. I adored the turn of events for Grace toward the end, and the strength that she gained really rounded out her character. Bonus: I'm from the Pittsburgh area, and I got so giddy at reading about Mt. Washington and the inclines and steel mills and the Monongahela! Props for the shout out, Ms. Weaver!

Bottom Line: This is a sexy and fun series that fans of many genres will enjoy!
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