About the Book:
- Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Dell (August 27, 2013)
A mesmerizing story of passionate awakening and redemption, Mary Balogh’s new novel unites a war hero consigned to darkness with a remarkable woman who finds her own salvation by showing him the light of love.
Desperate to escape his mother’s matchmaking, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, flees to a remote country village. But even there, another marital trap is sprung. So when Miss Sophia Fry’s intervention on his behalf finds her unceremoniously booted from her guardian’s home, Vincent is compelled to act. He may have been blinded in battle, but he can see a solution to both their problems: marriage.
At first, quiet, unassuming Sophia rejects Vincent’s proposal. But when such a gloriously handsome man persuades her that he needs a wife of his own choosing as much as she needs protection from destitution, she agrees. Her alternative is too dreadful to contemplate. But how can an all-consuming fire burn from such a cold arrangement? As friendship and camaraderie lead to sweet seduction and erotic pleasure, dare they believe a bargain born of desperation might lead them both to a love destined to be?
About the Author:
Mary Balogh is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including the acclaimed Slightly and Simply novels, the Mistress trilogy, and the five titles in her Huxtable series: First Comes Marriage, Then Comes Seduction, At Last Comes Love, Seducing an Angel, and A Secret Affair. A former teacher, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada.
This is a typical romance in many ways and not so typical in others. We have the rich, newly minted viscount trying to avoid his marriage pushing family and the destitute by good hearted young woman who we all know is just perfect for him. But instead of making them hate each other at first sight our hero is blind! He can't see our heroine so he can't hate her at first sight, in fact he seems to form a liking for her at first hear.
She is also, from all descriptions, not a beauty! All of these deviations from the norm made this a really enjoyable novel and a truly delightful escape from my normal reading material. The characters were very well developed and given the genre, quite believable. I enjoyed the story and loved the ending. What more can you say for a romance novel? These two were certainly a couple to root for.
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