Published by Blue Rose Romance on January 29, 2019
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What’s a future duke to do when the most unsuitable woman possible captures his heart?
Eden had tried to avoid even a hint of scandal her whole life.
Plowing headlong into the Marquis of Sterling and dropping eggs on his boots wasn’t the most foolish thing Eden Haverden had ever done. Imprudently agreeing to take the charming rogue home when his horse went lame wasn’t either. But reluctantly accepting Chester’s invitation to stay the night at his familial estate after she nearly drowned? Yes, that assuredly was a rash decision and invited utter ruin. So why doesn’t she listen to her common sense?
The DeCourcy sins have haunted Chester his entire life.
Determined to create a new legacy for the tainted duchy, Manchester’s every action and decision are governed by diligence and discipline. A man of reason and purpose, he should not be distracted by the wholly unsuitable Eden Haverden. Not only is she the illegitimate offspring of his father’s arch enemy, she’s also the sister of the man who’d killed his brother. Why then, can’t he resist the powerful connection between them?
Can Chester convince Eden to put aside their families’ feud and trust him with her heart and love?
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Ten years after leaving his family home when his father disowned him, Manchester, Marquis of Stirling has returned because his father is sick. He dreads seeing his father again so he stops at an inn for a little dutch courage before heading to the estate.
It is at that pub that he is run into, literally by Eden. She is entering the inn, arms laden with produce from her smallholding just as Chester (Manchester) is leaving. Her produce ends up all over the floor and Chester’s boots, and Eden ends up in his arms. The latter of which neither seemed to mind about.
From that moment there was an attraction between them and when circumstances occur that have them spending more time together they can’t help but feel more for each other than simple attraction. The big problem is that she is the daughter, albeit an illegitimate one of the man that Chester’s family consider their worst enemy. Chester himself doesn’t believe that the feud is worth carrying forward, and that was even before he met Eden. Will his father ever allow them a chance for a future, not likely considering he has a wealthy woman lined up to be Chester’s wife.
There were some truly wicked people in this story, one who may redeem himself and others that have no chance. Thankfully there were some wonderful characters too. Eden is one of them, what a delight she is with her beautiful caring personality and her little quirks such as putting a sunhat on her horse! I really loved her and at times I kind of thought that Chester didn’t actually deserve her. Do they get their happy ever after, and if so what hoops do they have to go through to get it?
This may have been a novella but it certainly ticked all the boxes for a nicely paced, exciting romance. One that I am happy to recommend.