by Anabelle Bryant
Lunden Beckford, Duke of Scarsdale, has chosen to exile himself far
from London, with its painful memories and cruel gossip. Forced back to
town on business, he’s eager to make his stay as brief as possible. But
first, he must honor his promise to find a suitable husband for his
friend’s little sister. On one hand, Amelia Strathmore has grown into a
stunning, statuesque beauty. On the other, the willful chit is more
likely to scandalize a drawing room with her outspoken opinions than
blush prettily. At least she agrees to accept his help—if he fulfills
certain conditions . . .
Though duty-bound to marry, Amelia longs to secretly enjoy some of
life’s freedoms first. In this, as in many things, Lunden proves an
excellent guide. In fact, Amelia’s girlhood admiration for her brother’s
friend is fast becoming something far less innocent. Lunden believes
he’s known too much darkness to offer any woman happiness. Yet Amelia is
starting to see how much pleasure can lie within the right
partnership—especially if one is willing to be a little wicked . . .
This is the first book I’ve read by Anabelle Bryant and I’m so happy that my friend who is a longtime fan introduced me to her books.
Amelia is a woman ahead of her time. Beautiful, strong and smart she believes woman need to have a say in their futures. Lundon is tortured with a past that has kept him from loving and building a family of his own. Reacquainted after 10 years by Amelia’s brother Mathew the attraction is powerful though forbidden. There are some significant twist and turns that help Amelia and Lunden to grow and work through past hurts allowing them to come together for their HEA. The secondary characters play an important part in the story their sub-plots giving the the story additional depth. However Mathew’s machinations in getting Amelia married, while realistic for the times really bothered me. He did just barely redeem himself in the end. I look forward to London’s Best Kept Secret Charlotte and Jeremy’s story.
|Books by Anabelle Bryant|
Active in the New Jersey chapter of Romance Writers, Anabelle enjoys sharing her knowledge of the genre and working with writers in every stage of their career. A love of writing keeps her busy in front of her laptop when not in front of a classroom. As an educator, Anabelle has taught in the elementary classroom for thirty years, worked as an adjunct professor, and accomplished advanced degrees including her current doctorate work.
Anabelle knows sometimes life doesn’t provide a happily ever after, but her novels always do. Anabelle can be found on most social media outlets and invites you to visit AnabelleBryant.com for the latest news concerning upcoming novels.
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