Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 7, 2016
I will admit that I had this book on my TBR pile for a long time - I was not sure I wanted to read it. I am not a fan of H/h who have been in love before and in this book, the hero is on the cusp of asking another woman to marry him and the heroine was in love with the man she thought she married.

The book opens with Angelina aka Lina on her wedding day. She is head over heels for Charles and is devastated to learn of his duplicity - she is ruined and heartbroken. Her mother suggests that she go to England for awhile and return to America as a widow. On the way to England, Lina learns she is pregnant. She wants the child, but will never trust another man and doesn't want to remarry.

The next chapter is our introduction to Flynn, he is totally infatuated with Lydia Farnsworth and has decided to make her his countess. They share a dance and you realize that she is just as infatuated with him. After their dance, Flynn is whisked away by his friends and told some tragic news. His father had come to town to see him and was waylaid by an old drinking buddy, he played cards with the duke and lost everything and took his own life. Flynn also learns that his father came to town to let him know that his mother suffered an apoplexy. He rushes home and learns the true devastation that his father brought upon him. There is no way he can repay the gambling loss to the duke (who is his neighbor and Lina's uncle).

The duke suggests that he will forgive the debt if Flynn agrees to marry his niece. At first Flynn is opposed to the idea - but after he meets Lina, he decides that it is the best solution to both their problems. Lina on the other hand is not happy with the idea - but when she learns that her "husband" has returned and is looking for her, decides that Flynn is the lesser of two evils.

They marry and there is an awkward moment when Lydia shows up at the wedding breakfast - but this is glossed over and never really becomes an issue. Flynn has already fallen under Lina's spell and when he was faced with choosing between the two women - who both needed comfort - he chose Lina (bravo Flynn).

Tragedy strikes again and the reason Lina agreed to marry Flynn is gone - he knows that he loves her, but offers to give her an annulment. Lina doesn't want to keep Flynn from Lydia and briefly considers an annulment, but when she learns that he wants to stay married, agrees to abide by there original agreement. Soon after this, these two get more bad news - Lina's former husband is in England and so is her family, they also learn that Charles has made certain threats regarding Lina and her sisters.

By now Lina knows that she loves Flynn and she knows that he loves her - together they will overcome this newest problem. The final confrontation with Charles is very well done and Flynn and Lina finally get their HEA.

I really enjoyed this book - it was well written, flowed nicely, had some angst - but it also had many light/funny moments, the love scenes were somewhat subdued - but given the circumstances they were totally appropriate. I would definitely recommend this book and am looking forward to the rest of the series.
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