Miss Hannah Pendleton is nursing her pride after her childhood crush falls in love with another. Determined to break a few hearts of her own, she hurls herself into the exciting and hectic schedule of a first season. Hannah finds the glitter and malice of London and its society both intriguing and intimidating. Always clever and direct, the smooth manners and practiced words of the gallant but meticulous bachelors do nothing to stir her soul until…
Since his wife's suicide on their wedding night, the Earl of Darby has carefully cultivated his rakish reputation. It keeps overprotective mamas at bay and provides him with unlimited clandestine affairs. But when Nicholas sees a lovely newcomer being courted by the devil himself, her innocence and candor revive the chivalry buried deep in his soul. The ice around Nicholas's heart cracks as he desperately tries to save Hannah and right a hideous wrong committed so long ago.
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Regency Holiday Romance
This story started out dark with a suicide and a mystery. Hannah was bright and full of hope with a crush on her brother Nathaniel’s friend Gideon and looking forward to going to London for her first season. I was surprised she would go so close to Christmas as the traditional London season is usually in the spring. She finds herself attracted to Nathaniel’s friend Nicholas, but it’s hard to get past her childhood crush. Also darkness surrounds Nicholas after what happened to his wife. I liked his sister Mattie and hope she has her own romance in a future book. I loved that both Hannah and Mattie loved to read as I do too. This was a funny, suspenseful, romantic Regency holiday romance.
The story is well written, entertaining and holds your attention. Darby learned on his wedding night that his new wife was not a virgin, had bern raped by a member of society and was pregnant. He left and later returned to find his wife Alice had hanged herself and left a letter of apology and named the man who had raped her. Five years later Nicholas is still trying to find evidence against the now Duke of Colvin in order to bring him to justice. This is where he meets Hannah and things start to change for him. He still seeks justice but also falls in love. There is a HEA but a lot happens first, among this Hannah being terrorized by the Duke. This is a great love story and i would recommend it as a great read.