Published by Kensington Publishing Corp. on November 21st 2017
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In this thrilling romance from award-winning author Sara Portman, the illegitimate son of a nobleman and a woman on the run chase their fate on the London Road...
According to his father's terms, Michael Rosevear's duty is to be ignored—until such time as he is useful. Now that the earldom is in need of funds, Michael is to be sold off in marriage to the daughter of a crass but wealthy merchant willing to pay for any connection to nobility—even one from the wrong side of the blanket.
En route to his fate in London, Michael does not plan to board an extra passenger. Yet there is something in the young miss's desperate plea that tugs at his conscience—though he is certain her story is a fabrication.
Juliana Crawford has fled her father's cruel home. Using a false name to evade pursuit, she must find a private traveler with whom to complete her escape. Chance matches her with a dark and wounded young lord who guards his own secrets just as carefully. The unlikely pair embark on a journey filled with revelations and unexpected adventure—one that may lead them to question whether to part at their destination—or change course entirely.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Chase is the third book in the Brides of Beadwell series by Sara Portman. It can easily be read as a stand-alone story.
Juliana Crawford has left her home and her cruel, violent father with it. She is 25 and has come into a small inheritance which she plans to use to get far away from her father where he will never find her. He will chase after her, not out of love, but because he wants her money and to use her as a general dogsbody. Before she can get her inheritance though Juliana has to make her way to London. She takes the mail coach so far, but then knowing her father could trace her on the coach, she gets off much earlier and waits around an Inn with the hope that she can find a kindly person to let her share their carriage the rest of the way to London.
Michael Rosevear is the illegitimate son of The Marquess of Rosevear. He has been acknowledged by his father but is not in line to inherit anything from him, including his title. He has a younger half-brother whom that will all go to. After returning wounded from war Michael’s father sent him to one of his distant estates in Yorkshire, Rose Hall. It was a run-down affair, but over the years Michael has got the place flourishing. Now he wants to take ownership of the place and he believes he has the perfect bargaining chip to make his father sign the place over to him. His father wants him to marry and has a woman already picked out for him. A woman with money whose father wants to buy their way into the aristocracy. Michael will agree to marry the woman only if his father gives up Rose Hall.
It’s on the way to London that Michael stops at an Inn in order to stretch his injured leg. It’s also there that he comes across Juliana who asks if she could share his coach with him to London. He normally wouldn’t say yes, especially as the woman in question was young and her reputation could be ruined, but she assured him she had no intention of marriage anyway and convinced him how important it was for her to get to London.
There begins the relationship between the two mismatched people. Two people with problems of their own, problems that in all likelihood should keep them well apart. But best-laid plans and all that…
I loved this story. I loved how protective Michael was of Juliana despite knowing that she was telling him a lot of lies. I loved how she tried to be strong in the face of adversity, and I especially loved it when they realised that they were falling for each other when they definitely shouldn’t. The suspense of poor Juliana being chased by her father was intense, especially when her life was in danger twice because of that. I couldn’t read the book quickly enough to see if she stayed out of her wicked father’s clutches and if there could be any way that Michael and Juliana could have a happy ever after. Do they have one, well you will have to read the book to find out!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.