A BuzzFeed Best Book of June!
Sparks fly when a runaway heiress bargains with a devilish rogue to escape a marriage of convenience.
No one would guess that beneath Violet Crenshaw's ladylike demeanor lies the heart of a rebel. American heiresses looking to secure English lords must be on their best behavior, but Violet has other plans. She intends to flee London and the marriage her parents have arranged to become a published author--if only the wickedly handsome earl who inspired her most outrageously sinful character didn't insist on coming with her.
Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh, has a scheme of his own: escort the surprisingly spirited dollar princess north and use every delicious moment in close quarters to convince Violet to marry him. Christian needs an heiress to rebuild his Scottish estate but the more time he spends with Violet, the more he realizes what he really needs is her--by his side, near his heart, in his bed.
Though Christian's burning glances offer unholy temptation, Violet has no intention of surrendering herself or her newfound freedom in a permanent deal with the devil. It's going to take more than pretty words to prove this fortune hunter's love is true....
An aspiring writer flees one arranged marriage only to land in another in St. George's addictive second Gilded Age Heiresses romance (after The Heiress Gets a Duke). When Violet Crenshaw learns her parents have promised her to the loathsome Viscount Ware, she decides to run away. Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh, is in need of funds to save his family home in Scotland and sees an opportunity to claim Violet's dowry by helping her escape. As the pair bond, Violet comes to believe that everyone has misjudged Christian, who has a devilish reputation but when she finally learns of his schemes, she feels she's the only one who's misjudged him. Having traveled for days unchaperoned, they're forced to marry, but Violet insists on living separately once they do. Their time apart serves as a catalyst for their individual growth as accommodating Violet learns to make her own decision and cynical Christian learns to have faith in love. St. George's characters are wonderfully nuanced, and their chemistry is all the more enticing for it. It's a pleasure to watch this complex duo navigate their relationship. \n
This book was soooo slooow and quite boring at times. Literally all the action happened at the very beginning and at the end. Could have left out several hundred pages. And we are to believe the H and h love each other deeply after a matter of days??? And so much of the book was the thoughts of the characters and then riding in a carafe doing nothing. And the H was so different then how he was in the first book.