by Grace Burrowes
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: Feb 5, 2012
Source: ARC sent by publisher
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Summary from goodreads.com:
Pretty, petite Evie Windham has been more indiscreet than her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Moreland, suspect. Fearing that a wedding night would reveal her past, she's running out of excuses to dodge adoring swains. Lucas Denning, the newly titled Marquis of Deene, has reason of his own for avoiding marriage. So Evie and Deene strike a deal, each agreeing to be the other's decoy. At this rate, matrimony could be avoided indefinitely...until the two are caught in a steamy kiss that no one was supposed to see.
I think most of my blog readers know how much I love this series and this installment is one of the best! The author has created two unique leads who care about each other so much. The addition of the rest of the fantastic Windham clan is icing on the cake!
I loved that Lucas wasn't your regular tortured hero. Yes, he had an issue that needed working out with gaining custody of his niece. But he was just a really really (REALLY) sweet regular kind of guy. Regular kind of extremely handsome guy who is also a Marquis, of course. The author uses adjectives like "doting" and "affectionate" a lot to describe Lucas, and he is exactly that. It was wonderful to read about such a caring hero.
Evie was more of the tortured character in this book, and my heart broke for her at times. She had two life changing events on the same day, one was more emotional, the other physical. It has taken seven years, for her to heal. While her family is wonderful and supportive, it takes Lucas' unconditional faith in her to help her believe in herself again.
I also really liked the storyline that involved the horses. It was very fun to read about and the ending was so exciting without any kind of an absurd murder or kidnapping plot! So refreshing for historical romance!
Main Characters: 5/5
Supporting Characters: 5/5 (although I would have liked for Valentine to make an appearance before the last few pages!)
Setting: 5/5 (loved the horses)
Bottom Line: I love this series, and this, the 7th book about the Windhams, is really one of the best!
If you think this book sounds great, you might want to read my reviews of the previous books in the series!
"The Soldier" Windhams #2
"The Virtuoso" Windhams #3 (Valentine's book!)
"Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish" Windhams #4
"Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal" Windhams #5
"Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight" Windhams #6
"The Bridegroom Wore Plaid" (not part of the Windhams series)