Lady Elisabeth Hamilton-Baythes has a painful secret. At fifteen, she was abducted by highwaymen and sold to a brothel. But two days later, she was rescued by a young lord, a man she’s never forgotten. Now, she’s devoted herself to save other innocents from a similar fate.
Bryson Courtland, Viscount Rainsleigh, never breaks the rules. Well, once, but that was a long time ago. He’s finally escaped his unhappy past to become one of the wealthiest noblemen in Britain. The last thing he needs to complete his ideal life? A perfectly proper wife.
When Bryson and Elisabeth meet, he sees only a flawless candidate for his future wife. But a distant memory calls to him every time he’s with her. Elisabeth knows she’s not the wife Bryson needs, and he is the only person who has the power to reveal her secret. But neither can resist the devastating pull of attraction, and as the truth comes to light, they must discover that an improper love is the truest of all.
I never leave reviews, but...
This book was such a surprise. Ive had it in my library forever, got it, or possibly the first book, from a discount email. I read so much, so fast, that many times I read the same story with different details. But I have to say this one was quite original! I love a story I don’t see coming! No spoilers here, but you will laugh, cry, and everything in between. And though the marchioness is more prevalent in the first book, she’s a great supporting character! I enjoyed the first book, but this one was even better. I’ll definitely keep this author on my radar!
The virgin and the viscount
This story will make you smile and cry. Isn't that great.
When I first started this book, I was afraid it was going to be a DNF. I didn't really care for the hero, Bryson. He seemed a bit cold and closed off. And the heroine, Elizabeth, seemed a bit weird and difficult to understand. But then you read the best backstory ever!! How these two originally met was a great story! I loved how unique and original it was and it totally hooked me!
What kept me reading were the depths of these characters. Elizabeth is more than just a silly girl waiting for some man to sweep her off her feet. In fact, she had already decided that she, at 30, didn't want or need to get married. She had a 'career' that was very fulfilling and she is quite happy. But, she never forgot Bryson and always held him on a bit of a pedestal. Then she meets him and at first, the pedestal seems quite deserving. Don't worry though-he starts screwing up pretty quickly. He says the wrong things, he does the wrong things. Elizabeth is so kind and caring to those that society has shunned and my heart broke for her every time Bryson screwed up. By the end, I had tears streaming down my face. Seriously, if you don't get the FEELS for Elizabeth, you are a cold, heartless monster. But, the reward is so worth it.