As a young girl, Emilia Gwendolyn Carrington told the annoying future Duke of Pindar that she would marry any man in the world before him—so years later she is horrified to realize that she has nowhere else to turn.
Evander Septimus Brody has his own reasons for agreeing to Mia's audacious proposal, but there's one thing he won't give his inconvenient wife: himself.
Instead, he offers Mia a devil's bargain...he will spend four nights a year with her. Four nights, and nothing more. And those only when she begs for them.
Which Mia will never do.
Now Vander faces the most crucial challenge of his life: he must seduce his own wife in order to win her heart—and no matter what it takes, this is the one battle he can't afford to lose.
A new favorite. There is so much to like here. I adored the prologue. Mia and Vander are both 15 and a poem she has written about him is discovered. Later, she is forced to blackmail him into marriage. Vander reluctantly agrees to marry her but will only give her four nights a year, thinking it is some sort of punishment for her. Is he conceited and horse-obsessed? Yes. Redeemable? Absolutely. I love that Mia becomes a romance novelist and the chapters begin with notes from her books. Two famous historical romance novelists are given a nod in this book and the references made me smile. I loved this one, especially the humor and the characters, even the horse. If you like Eloisa James or historical romances with wit, you'll want to read this one.
My Rating: *****
Steam Factor: !!!!
*Notes: Some language
My Source: purchased
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