Battlefields and barrooms hold much more interest for Edward Westover, Duke of Strathmore, 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 . . .
. . . AND WAR
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?
As the debut published novel for Anna Harrington, it’s good. I’m looking forward to what else she can do.
This story grabbed me within the first few pages. The drama that unfolded was so good. Promising that it won’t be a ballroom regency. (I love ballroom regencies – it’s also a breath of fresh air when the setting isn’t entirely in a ballroom.) The bantering was amusing. The secondary characters were probably my favorites.
It felt like the story jumped around a lot. A whole lot. The escalation of the relationship was jumpy and fast. I do like the characters Edward & Kate, I just wish we saw more of a character and relationship development.
The beginning was good then it escalated quickly. I felt like they went from frenemies to lovers too fast. Too tooo tooooo fast. Where was the build up?
She didn’t want to take her dress off but it was a-ok that he was touching her intimately. It was odd. Like I said, too tooo tooooo fast.
Then the ball dropped, and the Edward felt that he was betrayed. Like everyone was supposed to read his mind and immediately understand why he’s so angsty. And he fucking sent Kate away like she was the devil, without a smidgen of explanation. Alphahole! Why the fuck couldn’t Edward understand that Kate is trying to hold onto the last bits of her family? And why didn’t he realize when the letter was sent. Edward is an asshole for a good portion of this book. He spent most of the book imposing what he thinks Kate means onto Kate.
Why was Kate the only one accused of using her sexy bits to blackmail Edward? Edward could be accused of the same. He used his ‘superior’ sexy bits to keep Kate tied to him. Because his mighty wang broke through the tough barrier of the misplaced hymen she is under his will forever.
We didn’t get to see the development of Edward’s realization that Kate wasn’t using her lady parts to get what she wanted. I think that would have helped with understanding Kate’s seemingly sudden forgiveness.
Despite the Edward/Kate emotional debacle, the kidnapping plot was good. It had me fly through the end of the book. Their relationship did settle out, once Kate knew why Edward was such an ass. He didn’t even tell her! His aunt did. Thankfully, there was a secondary character who could see that he needed to be smacked.
**I received a free, advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review.