on July 24th 2018
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Hugh Margolis, Duke of Brighthollow, has been keeping a secret that eats him up inside. His beloved sister was seduced and nearly ruined by a wicked man. The trauma sent her into exile and to protect her reputation, he never did anything about it. But now the ‘gentleman’ is back in Society and recently engaged to another lady.
Miss Amelia Quinton cannot believe her luck. After a whirlwind courtship, she has just become engaged and now she’s looking forward to a true love match. Only all her plans come to a screeching halt when her father announces she is now to marry the Duke of Brighthollow because he owns her father’s debts.
Amelia is horrified, for Hugh is nothing like the sweet and gentle boy she wanted to marry. Only once their vows are said, passions flare and she begins to know the man better. Little by little, both their walls come down and feelings grow. Until she finds out he lied. Will Hugh ever tell her the truth and will it even matter by the time it’s all said and done?
She felt him watching her and shivered before she pivoted to face him. “Do you regret my choosing this over dancing?”
The corner of his mouth quirked up in another shadow of a smile, and with the moonlight on his face he looked a little…wicked.
“Not at all,” he said. “Although had you chosen to dance, I would not have been sorry, either.”
“That is a diplomatic answer,” she said, laughing. “You are a wonderful dancer, though.”
He shrugged. “A gentleman’s purpose on the dance floor is to make the lady look even more elegant. If I succeed, it says more about my partner than me.”
“Is it one of your passions?” She stepped closer.
His eyes widened a bit, the pupils dilating. “Passions?”
“In the carriage the other day,” she clarified. “I asked you about your passions and you were vague at best. Since you are so good at dancing, I wondered if that was one of yours.”
He swallowed, and she found herself fascinated by how his throat worked at the action. “Something like it.” His voice was low, rough, and that tingle between her legs that he seemed to so easily inspire started up again in earnest.
“Well,” she said, surprised that her own voice contained a similar timber. “You are light on your feet for such a…big man.”
He chuckled, but as that laughter faded away, the silence grew heavy between them. She watched, fascinated, as he took a long step toward her. Suddenly he felt very close indeed. Close and big and hot. So very hot as he stepped into her personal space.
She stared up at him, aware that her heart was throbbing and her hands shaking at her sides.
“This isn’t what I planned, Amelia,” he whispered, his voice barely carrying despite his standing so close.
For the first time she believed him. That he hadn’t meant to rip her life apart. It didn’t stop him, of course, but the intention meant something at least.
“No?” she asked. “What was?”
He remained still for a moment. Quiet. But tonight he was not unreadable. Tonight she sensed a longing in him, something that sang to the longing she suddenly felt herself.
“I don’t know,” he admitted as he lifted his hand and cupped her cheek.
She caught her breath, and then there was no breath. There was no light, no sound, no other person or beast in the whole world. There was only him as he lowered his head slowly and brushed his lips to hers.
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~~Reviewed by Shell~~
This is book in 8 in this fabulous series, it doesn’t seem that long ago I was reading the first book. Wow this book had me hooked from the first page, right up until the last. Amelia is a lady that when she wants something she goes after it…but in this instance what she wants is something that Hugh is trying to change her mind over, much to Amelia’s annoyance.
At some point in our life we’ve all told a lie…but have you ever told a lie and it gets so out of control you don’t know if you can stop it, no me neither…but this is what happens to Hugh and very nearly causes him to lose the happiness so greatly deserves.
Hugh’s friends also make an appearance, which is lovely and they were also a big help with Amelia and Hugh. For me I can highly recommend this book and I’m so looking forward to the next.