The only thing more inconvenient than Camilla's marriage at gunpoint is falling in love with her unwilling groom...
Adrian Hunter, the son of a duke's daughter and a black abolitionist, is determined to do whatever his family needs-even posing as a valet to gather information. But his mission spirals out of control when he's accused of dastardly intentions and is forced to marry a woman he's barely had time to flirt with.
Camilla Worth has always dreamed of getting married, but a marriage where a pistol substitutes for "I do" is not the relationship she hoped for. Her unwilling groom insists they need to seek an annulment, and she's not cruel enough to ruin a man's life just because she yearns for one person to care about her.
As Camilla and Adrian work to prove their marriage wasn't consensual, they become first allies, then friends. But the closer they grow, the more Camilla's heart aches. If they consummate the marriage, he'll be stuck with her forever. The only way to show that she cares is to make sure he can walk away for good…
5 stars and a box of tissues
This book was wonderful. Very emotional
A+ for Milan, as usual
I adore Courtney Milan’s work. I have read her entire catalogue, and IMHO, this book is one of her best. Readers should know that this book tells a story that is quite sad in some ways; Camilla has suffered terribly, and though Adrian had the love of supportive parents and siblings (unlike Camilla), he has also endured significant loss, as well as the cruelties of racism. In spite of the emotional weight apparent here, parts of this book are laugh-out-loud funny. That is one of the things I love most about Ms. Milan’s writing—she knows how to use levity to keep her stories from becoming too dark. The wit and intelligence of her characters is always evident, yet her writing is so emotionally powerful. That is not an easy thing to pull off.
For those who read Ms. Milan’s The Pursuit of..., those characters have a connection to this book that pleased me to no end. That was a lovely surprise. The ending of this book sets up the next one beautifully, and I cannot wait to read the rest of this series.