Source: Received copy from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Easily the shyest Wallflower, Evangeline Jenner stands to become the wealthiest, once her inheritance comes due. Because she must first escape the clutches of her unscrupulous relatives, Evie has approached the rake Viscount St. Vincent with a most outrageous proposition: marriage!
Sebastian's reputation is so dangerous that thirty seconds alone with him will ruin any maiden's good name. Still, this bewitching chit appeared, unchaperoned, on his doorstep to offer her hand. Certainly an aristocrat with a fine eye for beauty could do far worse.
But Evie's proposal comes with a condition: no lovemaking after their wedding night. She will never become just another of the dashing libertine's callously discarded broken hearts--which means Sebastian will simply have to work harder at his seductions...or perhaps surrender his own heart for the very first time in the name of true love.
It's been a while since I read a historical romance. This genre filled my teen years so it's nice to read one again.
This book is the third in a series but it stands alone. I haven't read the first two and was able to follow the story just fine. I did enjoy meeting the other wallflowers and seeing their characters, post wallflower status. It's a fun group of four strong women and I like them all.
Speaking of strong women, this story is about Evie. Strong enough to go propose to a man that changes beds like most people change clothes. But both Evie and Sebastian are in difficult circumstances so they agree to marry. And doesn't that just smack of a pretending kinda story, which I just love.
Evie is shy and has a stutter yet she wants something badly enough to go through with marrying a man who has never given her a second look. What I love about her is how she stands up to Sebastian. She knows he's just as desperate so she doesn't give him an inch. They banter back and forth so much and I just loved it. And what comes of the banter? A relationship that either expected.
As for Sebastian, he's never worked a day in his life and charming the lady's is all he's good at. But has he banters back and forth with Evie he learns he's good at other things and that he cares for her. He's charming and has a good heart. I love how he treats her despite his reputation. He's kind and though he tries not to care, he cares.
I really enjoyed watching these two go from wanting nothing to do with each other, to intrigued with each other, to caring for each other and then more. It's a great story and I'm glad I picked it up.
Thinking historical? This one should be on the short list.
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