Published by Harlequin on February 21st 2017
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"Duty can also be pleasure, Lady Alyssa..."
When politician Benedict Tawny set out to save Lady Alyssa from a nefarious plot, he never expected to find himself trapped in a compromising situation with the alluring lady! Now duty demands he propose...and claim her as his bride!
Tainted by his illegitimacy, Ben knows he can't give Alyssa the life of luxury she deserves. But if he can convince her to succumb to the undeniable heat between them, their convenient marriage might just lead to the love of a lifetime!
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Benedict Tawny was riding when he sees a young woman sketching, he thinks her very fetching, and is immediately smitten. She is Lady Alyssa, the woman he has been looking for. Ben is an acquaintance of Alyssa’s brother Lord Halerton, by no means a friend, and when Ben heard a very distasteful wager that concerned Alyssa, he knew he must warn her immediately. Halerton lost a wager to Lord Denby and the ruination of Alyssa is the repayment; Ben is utterly disgusted. He is himself a bastard and shunned by society for too long, he has made his mark in the world as a politician. Once a soldier, Ben is now a Member of Parliament and dedicated to the Reform. Upon hearing him, Alyssa is naturally shocked, but ruin would not be so disastrous, as it would allow her to pursue her art, but still she agrees that Denby must be punished. Denby is not only a villain, but he is very sly, and what revenge Alyssa intended fails, and she ends up marrying Ben. Ben had not precisely had marriage on his mind, but he is a very honourable man, he understands only too well Alyssa’s predicament, so they will make the best of a bad situation.
Seldom has a historical romance elicited such visceral reactions on my part: I was furious, outraged, incensed at the injustice, the unfairness of Alyssa’s situation, of the treatment of women in general in Regency era, of the appalling accepted behaviour of men as a rule. I felt like screaming, crying, hitting those vile misogynists, and that’s a testament to how well Julia Justiss portrays the events of this enthralling marriage of convenience. In spite of how it might appear, I absolutely adored CONVENIENT PROPOSAL TO THE LADY. It is not unpleasant, but extremely powerful. I felt the genuineness of Ben’s and Alyssa’s sentiments. Both are honourable to a fault, she maybe even more than him; they are realistic, inasmuch as the situation is beyond their control and might derail every future plan they had harboured. Alyssa is terrified of being under a man’s control, which Ben understands, and he will respect her wishes no matter the cost.
Some parts of CONVENIENT PROPOSAL TO THE LADY feel so realistic, they hurt. Ben and Alyssa have to make very difficult decisions, and what emerges is an extremely touching and most believable love story based on respect. Every character is expertly crafted, even the villains are chillingly believable, and the writing is predictably splendid, as Ms. Justiss could not write poorly if she tried.
CONVENIENT PROPOSAL TO THE LADY is magnificent, and I believe possibly Julia Justiss’s best work to date.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.