Published by Blue Tulip Publishing on January 21st 2018
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Releases January 22nd!Thus reads the Banns of marriage between Lord Harold Brookes and Miss Sophia Babineaux. "If any of you know cause why these two should not be joined in Holy matrimony, ye are to declare it."
Would anyone declare it?
THE BRIDE wants to declare it. The heat Sophia feels for another man has given her a bad case of cold feet! She’d never even been kissed, how was she to know the importance of sizzle? By the time she realizes her mistake it may be too late...
THE GROOM never wanted to marry Sophia in the first place. His interests (ahem) lie elsewhere. Unfortunately, with a duke for a father, Lord Harold has no say in the matter at all.
So it’s up to war hero and rake, Captain Devlin Brookes to set matters right. He’s just returned from war and ready to settle down, unfortunately the girl he wants is, well, ah… unavailable.
But he has a plan.
Once set in motion, one lie turns into a spiral of deceit and guilt. Was one shot at heaven worth a lifetime of hell?
Because love endures but the heart has it’s limits.
Or does it?
“You’re here!” Until that moment, she’d not known how fearful she’d been that he would fail her.
She had trusted him… but just as she’d trusted her stepbrother… her stepfather… her mother… and Lord Harold… well, she’d grown wary of disappointment.
He stopped, for just a moment, and peered under her umbrella. “Where else would I be?”
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~~Review by Lisa~~
Amazing! In Ms. Anders’ second book her style and skill with twists, turns, surprises and grace in handling delicate situations and issues shines through. I adore her willingness not to let the bad guys get away with their poor/bad behavior. While sometimes a little dark, there are moments of laughter, caring and watching dear friendships grow. I have been privileged to read both books by Ms. Anders and she has become one of my authors to follow closely.
Miss Sophia Babineaux is a trusting and naïve soul with a heart that tries to always see the best in everyone. She is betrothed to Lord Harold. She thinks her life is going to be wonderful. She is unaware of the charade that is being perpetrated with her marriage.
Captain Devlin Brookes, nephew of a duke and no title in his future, has just sold his commission and purchased an estate. He is a no nonsense military man. Devlin’s plans for a quiet life in the country are turned upside down by Sophia and a caged lion.
This story is filled with good intentioned deceptions and concerned loved ones. There are secrets that should have been shared, but work themselves out. The pace of the story had me turning pages and wanting to see what would happen next. Ms. Anders brings a delicate subject into the light and has me cheering for her solution. Granted the solution causes some unforeseen emotions, but Ms. Anders uses those emotions to help the characters grow and their love to become deeper.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.