- self published
- Release Date
- November 2016
- Book 3 of The heir and a spare
Lizzie Symmons is newly widowed, with an estate and a comfortable income. But she's off to London to find a gentleman who will give her the family she so desperately craves. She knows just the kind of man she wants--gentle, studious, preferring the quiet of country life and horses to the hubbub of town.
Lord Rupert Willoughby is a second son, the spare to his brother, the Earl of Sweeting, and a rakehell to the ton's bored wives and widows. However, after five daughters, the Countess of Sweeting is done trying to bear an heir. It is now up to Rupert to produce the next Earl. To do so, he must marry, a prospect he loathes.
Rupert plans to find a biddable lady he can wed, bed, and leave in the country, while he carries on with his carefree life in London. But then he meets Lizzie. She sets Rupert's body alight, but worse than that, she inspires goodness in him, makes him yearn for the heart and hearth his friends have attained.
Will Lizzie steal the rogue's heart, so the next Earl is conceived in love? Or will Rupert's stubbornness drive her to find another man?
Feb 25, 2017 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
108 people found the following review helpful
Lizzie is rather desperately lonely. The only thing she's ever really wanted from life is to have a family and children of her own, and when she lost her husband after a scant year of marriage, she promptly turns her sights to getting a new one.
Unfortunately, the man who sets his eyes on her is most definitely not marriage material.
Rupert is a wealthy, handsome rake with the firm opinion that widows make excellent mistresses and no desire to marry - ever. Lizzie's charm and her honest innocence could soften even the hardest heart, though, and eventually he succumbs - though not until after managing to weaken Lizzie's resolve not to have any dalliances before she remarries.
I rather enjoyed this story; Regency romance readers don't often get shown the point of view from the rake in the throes of reforming, and Rupert really did have good reasons for his actions, even if he hurt Lizzie in doing some of the things he did.
I haven't read the previous books in the series and it wasn't necessary to follow the plot; this novella stands well on its own. I did think that it was a little short and could have benefited from some more editing; the language choice was at times a little stilted and there were a few punctuation issues that threw me off occasionally. Still, I'm happy to give it four stars and say that I'd gladly read more books by this author.
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