STORY: Jasper Sullivan, Earl of Blackwater, needs a prostitute. Not in the usual way, however. His wealthy uncle’s will promises to divide his huge fortune among his nephews if each rescues a fallen woman … by marrying her! And since Jasper’s estates were already mortgaged to the hilt before he inherited them, when he catches a pretty young prostitute trying to pick his pocket, he immediately makes his proposal.
Clarissa Astley is not at all what Jasper believes. The orphaned daughter of a prosperous merchant, she is searching the seedier districts of London for her young brother, abducted by their evil guardian, who wants the little boy’s inheritance. But she needs powerful help, and the darkly handsome Earl of Blackwater is certainly that. So she pretends to be exactly what he assumed — a risky charade for an innocent virgin. But when passion flares between Jasper and Clarissa, the deception becomes even more difficult to handle …
REVIEW: This is first the story in a new Blackwater Brides trilogy from Jane Feather and I really liked the premise of a dying uncle who will upon his death divide his fortune among the three brothers, his nephews, but only if all three men agree to marry and redeem a fallen woman. The catch is that all three men have to fulfill this request or neither will get the money.
As a plot, this worked for me and I am actually looking forward to the rest of the books because I really liked all three brothers, of which the youngest two are twins.
For me, all the elements of a well written story were there. The characters, especially the heroine who I found likable, astute, smart and very much capable of taking care of herself. On the other hand, it took me awhile to warm up to the hero. I found him unreasonable at times, but in the end he did show his true feelings and his love for his brothers was genuine. I also liked the pace of the story. It was perfectly paced and moved the story forward.
Between reading it and listening to Jill Tanner narrate it, I found myself enjoying this story very much. With her wonderful voice and an English accent, she brought all the characters to life for me.
If you’re looking for a fun and entertaining read, I highly recommend this story.
Melanie for b2b