USA Today bestselling author Julie Anne Long continues her Palace of Rogues series with a brand-new romance about an ambitious American and a headstrong British heiress.
He’s the battle-hardened son of a bastard, raised in the wilds of New York. She’s the sheltered, blue-blooded darling of the London broadsheets, destined to marry a duke. Their worlds could only collide in a boardinghouse by the London docks...and when they do, the sparks would ignite all of England.
Nothing can stop Hugh Cassidy’s drive to build an American empire...unless it’s his new nemesis, the arrogant, beautiful, too-clever-by-half Lady Lillias Vaughn. The fascination is mutual. The temptation is merciless. And the inevitable indiscretion? Soul-searing—and the ruination of them both. Hugh’s proposal salvages Lillias’s honor but kills their dreams for their futures...until they arrive at a plan that could honorably set them free.
But unraveling their entanglement inadvertently uncovers enthralling truths: about Lillias’s wounded, tender heart and fierce spirit. About Hugh’s stunning gentleness, depth, and courage. Soon Hugh knows that as surely as he’d fight a thousand battles to win her...the best way to love Lillias means breaking his own heart.
One of the very best
Oh my word, Ms. Long did it again and almost, dare I say, better than the last one!
I adore Lillias and Hugh. This was a fantastic story that will stay with me for quite some time. I love the lyrical, poetic style of writing. It is not just words jumbled together. It’s emotions, thoughts, dreams, hopes and ideas crafted together in a way that you experience with all that you are. This was so much more to me than just a book.
I am so looking forward to the next story and even though he will never be a main character, I hope Stanton Delacorte finds his happily ever after as well.
3 Stars! This is the 3rd book in the series and can be read as a standalone but I’m sure reading the first 2 books would make this book better. I never read the first 2 books and sometimes felt like I was lost or missing something. The first half seemed to drag on a bit but I did love the ending. Ambitious American meets spoiled British daughter of an Earl - what could go wrong?!
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an ARC that was provided to me by the publisher!*