“Smart and witty . . . the perfect historical read.”
—Julia Quinn, #1 New York Times bestselling author
New York Public Library, Bookriot, Vulture, Time Out, and Overdrive Featured Book to Read After Bridgerton!
Featured in Entertainment Weekly, O Magazine, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Bustle, and Bookish!
An Amazon Best of the Month Selection
A Publishers Weekly Summer Reads 2020 Editors’ Pick
A ground-breaking, empowering, and sexy story from acclaimed author Vanessa Riley that fans of Beverly Jenkins, Evie Dunmore, and Alyssa Cole won’t be able to put down. Join these Rogues & Remarkable Women as they fight for their status, their families…and true love.
When headstrong West Indian heiress Patience Jordan questioned her English husband's mysterious suicide, she lost everything: her newborn son, Lionel, her fortune—and her freedom. Falsely imprisoned, she risks her life to be near her child—until The Widow's Grace gets her hired as her own son’s nanny. But working for his unsuspecting new guardian, Busick Strathmore, Duke of Repington, has perils of its own. Especially when Patience discovers his military strictness belies an ex-rake of unswerving honor—and unexpected passion . . .
A wounded military hero, Busick is determined to resolve his dead cousin’s dangerous financial dealings for Lionel’s sake. But his investigation is a minor skirmish compared to dealing with the forthright, courageous, and alluring Patience. Somehow, she's breaking his rules, and sweeping past his defenses. Soon, between formidable enemies and obstacles, they form a fragile trust—but will it be enough to save the future they long to dare together?
“Vanessa Riley at her finest.”
—Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author
“I was delighted. Readers on the lookout for Black or disabled characters in historical romance will not want to miss this.”
—New York Times Book Review
“One of the best historicals I’ve read in years.”
—Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author
“Expertly crafted romance.”
—Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
Romance burns slow and hot between a rakish war hero and a determined widow in this bewitching Regency series opener from Riley (The Bashful Bride). Patience Jordan, a West Indian heiress, is separated from her infant son, Lionel, following the suicide of her British husband, Colin. Colin's villainous, money-grubbing cousin, Markham, sees an opportunity to enrich himself by raising Colin's heir and has Patience institutionalized, claiming she's a danger to herself and her child. But Colin's other cousin, Busick Strathmore, the dashing Duke of Repington, thwarts his plan by taking guardianship of Lionel. Driven by love for her son, Patience escapes the confines of Bedlam in disguise. Knowing that Busick, whom she has never met, won't trust her with Lionel thanks to her tarnished reputation, she accepts a job as Lionel's nanny, hatching a foolhardy plan to claim her trust documents and whisk her son to the South American Guianas as soon as possible. The alluring, strong-willed Patience soon captures Busick's attention and throws off his focus from recovering from his war injuries and sorting through Colin's tangled finances. Riley loads her expertly crafted romance with intrigue, droll banter, and steadily building passion. Readers will be hard-pressed to find a flaw in this big-hearted Regency romance.
Vanessa has such a beautiful and unique style of writing. The development of the relationship between the characters was so well written. Really loved this book!