STORY: The Virgin
Lady Elisabeth Hamilton-Baythes has a painful secret. At fifteen, she was abducted by highwaymen and sold to a brothel. But two days later, she was rescued by a young lord, a man she’s never forgotten. Now, she’s devoted herself to save other innocents from a similar fate.
Bryson Courtland, Viscount Rainsleigh, never breaks the rules. Well, once, but that was a long time ago. He’s finally escaped his unhappy past to become one of the wealthiest noblemen in Britain. The last thing he needs to complete his ideal life? A perfectly proper wife.
When Bryson and Elisabeth meet, he sees only a flawless candidate for his future wife. But a distant memory calls to him every time he’s with her. Elisabeth knows she’s not the wife Bryson needs, and he is the only person who has the power to reveal her secret. But neither can resist the devastating pull of attraction, and as the truth comes to light, they must discover that an improper love is the truest of all.
REVIEW: Because I adored the previous debut novel from this author, I just couldn’t wait for this story to come out. Seriously!
And now that I’ve read it … all I can say is, Charis Michaels, where have you been hiding?! I can’t wait to read your stories!
This is one of those stories that the title doesn’t do it justice because it sounds so clichéd and yet the story is no such thing.
This is a story of one of those romances that has been “written in the stars” and no matter the years that pass by, the two hearts were meant to beat as one, and as we follow them and watch their journey from afar, we can’t but route for them to be together.
The author is still using her wonderful prose, complex characterization and perfect pace to draw the reader ever so close to these characters and I enjoyed every minute of the ride offered.
If you haven’t read her debut ‘The Earl Next Door’, I urge you to do so, even though this book stands on its own and isn’t necessary for you to read it before you pick this one up.
Melanie for b2b
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher