STORY: Miss Juliet Marshville is spitting mad. With one guardian missing, and the other singularly uninterested in her fate, she is at the mercy of her wastrel brother who loses her beloved childhood home to a man known as Sin. Determined to reclaim control of Rosecliff Cottage and her own fate, Juliet arranges a meeting with the notorious rogue and demands the return of her property.
Jonathan Tidemore, 5th Earl of Sinclair, known to the ton as Sin, is exceptionally lucky in life and at the gaming tables. He has just one problem. Well…four, really. His incorrigible sisters have driven off yet another governess. This time, however, his mother demands he find an appropriate replacement.
When Miss Juliet Marshville boldly demands the return of her precious cottage, he takes advantage of his sudden good fortune and puts an offer to her; turn his sisters into proper English ladies, and he’ll return Rosecliff Cottage to Juliet’s possession.
Jonathan comes to appreciate Juliet’s spirit, courage, and clever wit, and decides to claim the fiery beauty as his mistress. Juliet, however, will be mistress for no man. Nor could she ever love a man who callously stole her home in a game of cards. As Jonathan begins to see Juliet as more than a spirited beauty to warm his bed, he realizes she could be a lady he could love the rest of his life, if only he can convince the proud Juliet that he’s worthy of her hand and heart.
REVIEW: April 1819 – London
Jonathan Tidemore, Fifth Earl of Sinclair, is now head of his family which consists of his widowed mother and four younger sisters: Patrina age 19, Prudence age 15, Penelope age 13, and Poppy age 12. While Patrina has had her come out, the 3 younger sisters are still in the schoolroom.
Once again, his sisters have managed to run off their fifth governess so Jonathan’s mother is completely frustrated and insists that it is Jonathan’s turn to find a new governess. In addition, his mother is once again pressuring him to get married and provide a suitable countess that will carry on the Sinclair line. As he had been jilted once, Jonathan is still hesitant to to make that step.
Juliet Marshville, age 22 and her brother Albert, age 20 have recently lost their father making Albert the new Baronet. Instead of settling down to his duties, he has instead gambled away much of their inheritance. With debt collectors breathing down his neck, Albert is trying to push Juliet to wed the odious, Lord Williams. Albert’s cruelty to and hatred of his sister knows no bounds. When Juliet was 13, Albert pushed her off a tree top resulting in her leg being shattered. Today she walks with a limp. All she wants is to escape to their family home, Rosemont Cottage, and live out her life in peace, far away from her hateful brother. However, when she finds that Albert has lost the property while gambling, she is devastated.
Juliet discovers that Jonathan Tidemore, is the man who won Rosemont Cottage from her brother, so she decides to approach him and ask for him to please return it to her. Instead, he offers her the job of governess to his sisters. If she is able to shape the young hoydens into proper English ladies, he will make sure that the property is returned to her and only her. As she really has no other choice, she immediately agrees.
An intelligent young woman, Juliet works well with the young girls who take a liking to her and are willing to take their instruction from her. Juliet is kind and makes learning interesting and fun for them.
Meanwhile, the interactions between Jonathan and Juliet occur more and more often and their attraction to one another begins to blossom. Even though Juliet is the daughter of a Baron, she feels that any true, future relationship between them is not to be so she holds onto her dream of one day being able to live in peace in her cottage. Ah, but will love be denied?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and there is so much more to the story that I cannot reveal here. Just know that you must read this book. It’s romantic, fun, and sweet.
Connie for b2b