A cruel twist of fate…
Nicholas St. Clare, youngest son of the Marquess of Averstow, was an avid horseman until his legs were crushed on the battlefield. The injury sent him home to England a broken man. Ashamed of his injury, he's become a virtual recluse on his country estate until his mother, the dowager marchioness, insists he marry. Nicholas doesn't want a bride who would be shackled to his broken body and privately despise him for being a cripple. He hates his weakness and doesn't believe anyone can see past it.
A stroke of good luck…
Amelia Blackstock has always followed her family motto: A Blackstock doesn't run from trouble. It runs from us. Unfortunately, trouble caught up with her, and when the world finds out, she'll be ruined. When Lord Nicholas stumbles upon her sobbing, he tries to comfort her. His kindness backfires when they are discovered alone together, and Amelia faces even more scandal. Nicholas offers to marry her, but only if she'll agree to a separate bed chambers.
A happily ever after in jeopardy.
Amelia concedes to a platonic marriage, but as her feelings for Lord Nicholas grow, she wants more. Nicholas is drawn to Amelia as well, but he fears risking it all by revealing the ugly truth of his injury. When Nicholas's brothers-in-arms arrive for a house party, it seems everything that can go wrong, does. Between a lost pet pig, a fugitive wanted for treason, and a night of drinking gone awry, Nicholas and Amelia grow further apart. Nicholas is the last of the Survivors. Will he be the only one without a happily ever after?
4.5 Stars! This is book 12 in ‘the Survivors’ series and can be read as a standalone. I’ve read almost every book in this series and highly recommend reading all of them! I’m so invested in this series that I’m sad that it’s coming to an end. I loved this book and I understand where the main male character, Nicholas, is coming from since I also have a lot of scars and need a cane to walk. But still, I really wanted to smack him at times. (Yes, I wanted to smack a fictional character. Sue me!) The main female character, Amelia, had to deal with so much in her life but I’m glad she got a HEA ending, she deserves it. Now I’m left to wonder about Nicholas’s sister, Florentia, and weather she ever finds love. (That would make a good novella, yeah?! Fingers crossed!) My only critique is that I do wish there was a bigger grand gesture at the end but since I can resonate with Nickers(Nicholas), I understand that it was a grand gesture to him.
*I received this at no charge & I voluntarily left this review.*