Battlefields and barrooms hold much more interest for Edward Westover, Duke of Swarthmore, than a little girl’s fondness for dolls and lace. When he takes possession of his enemy’s estate, everything that villain held dear—including his daughter—belongs to Edward. Hire a governess, arrange a dowry, give a few reassurances, and be off on his way—that’s Edward’s plan. But he’s in for the shock of his life. For his new ward is a beautiful, impetuous, and utterly irresistible woman…
Kate Benton is stunned. Who is this arrogant, infuriating man who’s invited himself into her home and taken over her life? Her vow: to do everything in her power to convince him to leave her—and Brambly House—alone. Yet as chilly days melt into sultry nights, Kate sees glimpses of kindness underneath Edward’s cool façade . . . and a passionate nature that takes her breath away. There’s so much she doesn’t know about this man. But does she dare trust this devilish duke with her heart?
REVIEW: London – 1815
Colonel Edward Westover, the Duke of Strathmore, is focused on ruining Phillip Benton who was responsible for the deaths of his brother and sister-in-law in a carriage accident. Benton was very drunk when his carriage ran into theirs killing them instantly. Since then, Edward has sought revenge by taking everything Benton has, including his daughter, Katherine. Benton lost a gambling game to Edward which gave him control of Katherine’s home and made him her guardian.
The home is quite bare from her father selling off everything he could get his hands on for ready cash for his gambling. The home had been left to Katherine by her now deceased mother. There are just a few old retainers left to help run the home.
Katherine has always had an interest in medicine and has become a great help to surrounding people who cannot afford a doctor. Her methods are modern and she is a great believer in cleanliness.
When Edward arrives at her home, he finds a grown woman and not a child as he had expected. He immediately tells her that he will control everything, including her. Losing control of her independence she has grown used to, grates heavily on her.
Seeing the sparse ways in which she has been living, Edward hires a new estate agent who quickly arranges for new furnishings and food to fill the larder. In addition, he gives generous pensions to the old retainers which will allow them to retire.
Edward tells Katherine that if she disobeys him, he will retract the pensions for the old retainers and send her to his home estate.
Their initial animosity toward one another soon sparks into an almost animal magnetism which results in passion. But Edward cannot let go of his bossy ways so when Katherine angers him again, he sends her to his desolate estate, Greymoor, hoping to break her.
Is there any hope for this relationship? Can two very stubborn people come together to form a bond?
This story had promise but I did not like Edward. I kept hoping this control freak would learn to let go of his need for dominance, but he doesn’t. Katherine irritated me because she accepts this. If you like the ‘caveman dragging the woman by the hair to the cave scenario” this book is for you.
Connie for b2b
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher