ONE OF LIBRARY JOURNAL'S BEST ROMANCES OF THE YEAR
In this new masterpiece of historical romance from the acclaimed, USA Today bestselling Sherry Thomas, a headstrong beauty is rescued by the notorious rake she has always despised...
Helena Fitzhugh understands perfectly well that she would be ruined should her secret love affair be discovered. So when a rendezvous goes wrong and she is about to be caught in the act, it is with the greatest reluctance that she accepts help from David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings, and elopes with him to save her reputation.
Helena has despised David since they were children—the notorious rake has tormented her all her life. David, on the other hand, has always loved Helena, but his pride will never let him admit the secrets of his heart.
A carriage accident the day after their elopement, however, robs Helena of her memory—the slate is wiped clean. At last David dares to reveal his love, and she finds him both fascinating and desirable. But what will happen when her memory returns and she realizes she has fallen for a man she has sworn never to trust?
The final installment in Thomas's Fitzhugh trilogy (after Ravishing the Heiress) provides a sizzling series conclusion as romance ignites between an independent businesswoman and a nobleman. Helena Fitzhugh, sister of an earl, is a college-educated 19th-century English-woman who owns a publishing company. David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings, has loved Helena since their childhood; he proves it by interrupting a tryst between Helena and her lover, Andrew Martin, right before Martin's wife shows up, but Helena is none too pleased that the rescue involves Hastings kissing her just as the door bursts open. Hastings's suggestion of a rushed marriage is derailed when Helena is hit by a carriage and suffers amnesia, but he relishes the chance to convince her of his love before she remembers that she hates him and his acerbic wisecracks. Helena's self-possessed intelligence makes her a standout heroine, and Thomas has an exquisite ability to transport the reader into the outstanding story.
and I love Sherry Thomas!
Sherry Thomas is one of the few authors whose books I buy sight unseen, without even reading the plot summaries. She is wonderfully imaginative, and has a beautiful sense of style and language. That said, the book is not her best. There is no real conflict between the characters. David has loved Helena all of his life, but a poor introduction at the age of 14 has ruined all chances with her. Rather than let her see how her indifference hurts him, he is brutally obnoxious, and she responds in kind. That's it. Later, David has to marry her to prevent a scandal involving a married man, and when she is conveniently run over by a carriage while chasing down said married man, Helena gets amnesia, and forgets that she hates David. She falls madly in love with him, because he obviously adores her (he is now free to show his love to her, since she doesn't remember who he is.) When she regains her memory, she realizes how much she hates him, and things fall apart very quickly in a patently forced scene that made me not like Helena very much. With her memory back, she comes off as stubborn, short-sighted and superior. As with any Thomas book, there were some very touching scenes, and heart-felt emotion, but I get the feeling that she did not invest as much time and energy into this book. The characters are part of a series that have appeared in several of her books, and Thomas seems eager to move on.
The best of this series
Well written and satisfying