The duke always gets exactly what he wants . . .
As the new Duke of Billingham, Simon Crathorne has one main duty to fulfill: find a proper wife and continue his family's exalted name. But of all the eligible women who have come to his country party, he desires only one. And she may be the most unsuitable bride of all.
Lillian Mayhew is desperate to expose a devastating secret about Simon's distinguished late father so she can salvage her family's reputation. Yet from the moment she meets her rakishly handsome host, she begins to question if she can destroy his world so callously. She once wanted nothing more than to destroy his good name-and now she wants nothing more than his kiss.
Caught between vengeance and ecstasy, Simon and Lillian begin a passionate affair. But betrayal lurks behind every stolen touch-and the duke's shocking past may be his ultimate undoing . . .
©2009, 2012 Jenna Petersen (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
Have not read print version.
I would deemphasize the heroine's annoying frequent harping on her not very important Big Secret. The harping increases as the novel continues and it seems silly, in contrast to the real problems faced by the hero. It is as if the author at intervals remembered that she gave the heroine a Big Secret and hurriedly throws it in. The ending is very contrived as a result. The book would have been improved if the author had ditched this weak plot device and continued with the interesting development of the romance, which has real strength. The novel is good enough that the weakness of the heroine's Big Secret stands out.
Not sure. Her narration of the heroine was not entirely pleasing; she did a better job with the other characters.
There were many moments where the author skillfully developed the relationship between the hero and heroine. She keeps the reader's interest in both characters throughout the novel. The family relationships in the novel add a great deal to the plot and there are some excellent scenes involving those relationships and their evolution.
This is a good way to pass time, but not a great book. I recommend this to anyone looking for light diversion and who has a tolerance for a beginning author with real talent finding her way. I look forward to more from this author as she matures as a writer.
Simon, the Duke of Billingham, has to find a bride so he and his Mother organises a house party. Lillian, who is one of the 'underclasses', has bitter grievances with the family so she tags along with her best friend, who has been invited, to seek her revenge. However, she discovers that Simon is kind, attentive and honest and Lillian can't help being drawn to him .......but she's not the only one with secrets and, although everyone tells him to stay away from the lower class Lillian, he too is drawn to her.
Good listen, bit hard to get into it in the beginning cause Lillian is so dislikeable but when the plot gets going it's worth the wait and it has some unexpected surprises to the plot. I believe this is the start of a series called 'Bastards of Billingham Hall' so I will look forward to the next in the series.
Worth a credit? Yes, despite Lillian's character !!
O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught. Ralph Waldo Emerson. I Love to read, a great time for me is curling up with a great book!!!
This is one of those books that manages to follow the historical romance formula and still be gut wrenching. The heroines goes in to ruin the hero because of something his father has done and instead encounter a man so honorable that she is unable to follow through with her original plan. I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did. Well worth the credit.
At least this wasn't the standard romance procedure. The story was convoluted and a bit ridiculous and I was glad when it was over. It wasn't terrible, it wasn't great it was just...meh.
The narrator had such a thick accent that there were times that I could barely understand her. Especially when she was doing the cooing simpering voice of the heroine.
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