When Hugh Winthrop, the future Earl of Albury, decides to advertise for a wife in the London paper, he never expected an anonymous response from a woman who matches him wit for wit. Their back-and-forth letters on the true nature of love, something they disagree on wholeheartedly, leave him shocked—and intrigued. But then the woman he’s been corresponding with shows up on his doorstep, enticingly beautiful and offering a marriage of convenience in exchange for his protection…
Lady Phoebe Maitland expected to marry for love and nothing else, until the man she gave her trust betrayed her. The more intrigued she becomes by the mysterious and devastatingly handsome Hugh, however, the more she realizes he’s holding back from opening his heart due to long-held secrets she struggles to understand. As passion flares wickedly between them, their marriage bed is quick to heat up. But when Phoebe’s past threatens to destroy the fragile bond they’ve formed, even a budding belief in love might not be enough to save them.
Earl met his match
Amazing book- I think one of her best! I fell in love with both characters and couldn’t put the story down! I am so glad I bought it so can read it again!
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I loved the whole story. The best catch ever.
A witty, sometimes snarky correspondence begins with an advertisement in the newspaper for a wife for A Gentleman of Distinction and Wealth. Lady Phoebe, A Curious Lady, answers the ad with the intention of scolding his audacity. They exchange several letters, the last an appeal from Phoebe for Hugh to marry her. Phoebe has been betrayed by her parents and the man she thought loved her. Pregnant and desperate, she finds her way to Hugh. He wants a marriage of convenience, but will he be able to accept her child?
This is a wonderful story. The characters are amazing. Hugh comes from a quite unusual family. He is intelligent and strong and handles the estates for his father who is in poor health. He is also mute. Phoebe is impulsive, but is good hearted and kind. She takes Hugh’s inability to speak in stride, and quickly learns his (sign) language. There is most definitely some sizzling chemistry between them. I love Sarah, Caroline, and the Old Earl (Hugh’s father), each watchful and caring. Then there’s Wolf, Hugh’s and, for a while, Phoebe’s dog. Large and loveable, he is a special part of the story. This is a love story, but there is other excitement as well, including a kidnapping, revenge for the kidnapping, a rescue, and a waltz. This is a great read. I had trouble putting it down, and it definitely goes on my reread list.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My review is voluntary.