- Lyrical Press
- Release Date
- February 2018
- Book 1 of Men of Wollstonecraft Hall
Riordan Wollstonecraft labors under the heavy burden of his forebears. For generations, a curse has followed the dashing young men of his family, guaranteeing the women they love an untimely death. The youngest grandson of the Earl of Wollstonecraft Hall, charismatic Riordan is quietly resigned to his fate, an educator who devotes his life to good works, and ignores any longing for something more . . .
Widowed and penniless, Lady Sabrina Lakeside is desperate to avoid a second forced betrothal—this time to an aged marquess. Her chance encounter with Riordan leads her to an impulsive offer: a temporary marriage of convenience that could benefit them both. His agreement is as surprising as it is welcome. Before long, Riordan's keen intellect and kind words have Sabrina rethinking her plans of a union in name only. But her new husband is holding something back. Will giving in to their tantalizing passion lead her only to further heartache . . . or could it be the first step toward healing them both?
Feb 12, 2018
18 people found the following review helpful
On one side you've got Riordan Wollstonecraft, the youngest grandson of the Earl of Wollstonecraft Hall, who, along with the rest of the young men of his family live with a curse hanging over their head. The curse with them loving in love, for if they do, the women they love will succumb to an early, premature death. As with all curses there is a way out, and this one is no exception, to end their curse all of the young must be in love at the same time, but for our protagonist, he's more interested in educating people regardless of who they are than falling in love.
On the other side you've got the widowed Lady Sabrina Lakeside who's already been in one rearranged marriage by her father to a man almost twice her age. Being destitute, she's fearful her father will once again force her into another forced marriage, this time with an ancient marquess. Luckily fate decides to step in and offers her a rescue – an unexpected meeting with Riordan. She tells him about the dire situation she's in and asks him to marry her in name only for a short period of time, and being the chivalric person, he is, Riordan agree to help this damsel in distress, and unbeknownst to this pair, this arrangement might ultimately be advantageous to both of them.
Naturally, Riordan's behavior towards her, after surprising her with his agreement to her plan; his acute mind and sympathetic words causes Sabrina to reconsider her original motive in marrying him. Sabrina has no knowledge of the curse hanging over Riordan, because he's kept it a secret from her, out of fear she wouldn't go through with her plan with him had she known about it. Time quickly passes, and before they realize it, there's an ever-increasing enticing desire developing between them. And with this happening, could this development result in her having some additional unexpected grief in her life, or will it result in ending the dark clouds hanging over both of them in their lives. Only time and reading this book will give you the answer.
For having given her readers and me a hard to put down story, I've given the author, Karyn Gerrard, 5 STARS.
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