STORY: A ruthless tycoon
Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better…
A sheltered beauty
Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable… the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…
REVIEW: Rhys Winterborne, age 30, is a very wealthy man, but does not possess the deportment or education of a gentleman. He has turned his father’s shop into the world’s largest department store. He owns many other businesses as well yet cannot deny that he is the son of a Welsh grocer. His personal secretary, Mrs. Fernsby is a very intelligent woman capable of carrying out any of his requests.
Lady Helen Ravenel of Eversby Priory met Rhys when he was recuperating at the Priory after breaking his leg in an accident. Helen and Rhys spent many long hours together talking. Now, Rhys is determined to marry Helen. He originally given her a large diamond ring but she asked that he replace it with something less ostentatious, because she feels a large diamond does not represent who she is.
Her marriage to Rhys will make it possible for her twin sisters, Cassandra and Pandora, to have dowries. At age 19, they are imps but quite funny. The 3 sisters have led cloistered lives at the Priory. At the urging of her parents, she goes to Eversby Priory to plan and await a June wedding. While packing up memorabilia to take with her to her new home with Rhys, she makes a startling discovery about her paternity which could destroy her relationship with Rhys.
This is an adorable novel. Rhys is a very strong hero who adores Helen. She loves him as well. His adoration of her as expressed in this story is sigh-worthy. Their love and caring for each other is so sweet.
I did not read the first novel in the series which I think would be a good idea before reading this one. At times, I felt a bit lost in the story, however, I was certainly able to understand the plot. I think the humor of Cassandra and Pandora was great and I’m sure that the first book must touch on their witticisms.
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