Series: The Dukes of War
Author: Erica Ridley
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: December 1, 2014
Publisher: Intrepid Reads
Oliver York returns from war to find his father dead, his finances in arrears, and himself the new Earl of Carlisle. If he doesn't marry an heiress—and fast!—he and his tenants are going to be pitching tents down by the Thames. He definitely shouldn't be trading kisses with a penniless debutante...no matter how captivating she is!
Miss Grace Halton is in England just long enough to satisfy the terms of her dowry. But a marriage of convenience isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. Back in America, her ailing mother needs medicine only Grace’s dowry can afford. Which means the dashing earl she can't get out of her mind is the one man she can't let into her heart.
***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
I could not have chosen a better book to venture back into the realm of historical romance. It had it all—good, tight plot, flowing narration, humor, drama, romance, a little angst, a wonderful hero that wasn't an ass, a great heroine that wasn't an idiot, the baddie in the form of the heroine's grandparents (the hero should be made a saint for his patience with the grandmother), a clandestine pregnancy, a vegetable of a friend that decided to wake up from his near catatonic state at the most inopportune moment...
I loved it and I can't wait to read more. I already have the "prequel" on my Kindle, and am impatiently waiting for Xavier and Jane's story.
Ms Ridley offered (me) a breath of fresh air on the genre with the story and H/h that veered just enough off the template to keep things fresh, yet not so far to make it all appear foreign. Loved it.