Marriage Minded Lord
When an outrageous meeting leads to inappropriate desire, will family honor and duty destroy a chance for true love?
Felix Alan Darrington, Earl of Swandon has been summoned to London by his mother. Though he has obligations to Parliament, his meddling parent has reminded him it’s time to do his duty, marry and provide her with grandchildren. But Felix refuses to wed under dictate. He’ll choose the woman and the time, and if he’s lucky he’ll marry for love.
Clarice Delacroix is a lady’s companion. Though she’s an illegitimate daughter of a duke, her mother was a French opera singer which puts Clarice firmly between worlds. Possessed of a quick temper and a penchant for making pastries, she longs for adventure, romance and acceptance, but she refuses to be anyone’s mistress. Her mother’s life is not for her.
As Felix schemes to spend more time with Clarice and find out why the Frenchwoman intrigues him, the titled lady who wishes to be his countess conspires to keep them apart. Felix quickly finds that balancing relationships between family and love is not as easy as first thought, or as black and white. Someone in his circle isn’t telling the truth, and the repercussions could prove deadly to Clarice’s future.
Felix Alan Darrington, is the Earl of Swandon. He has duties to his title and his family. One of which is getting married and securing an heir. He would do so, in his own time, when he can finally meet the girl he loves truly wanted to marry and not just anyone his mother expects him to drag into the altar.
There’s Clarice Delacroix who’s social standing is between classes. She’s a lady’s companion, borne out of wedlock to a Franch opera singer and a duke. She speaks her mind and has a poor control of her temper. But she makes some amazing pastries and is one hell of a cook in the kitchen. All she wanted in life was to see her father, not even an acknowledgement, just to have a glimpse of him from afar. Unlike her mother, she didn’t want to be anyone’s mistress. So no matter how delectable the Earl of Swandon is, and how much she likes his kisses – there is no way she would be his mistress. Her determination to be someone better than her mother was admirable - I like her strength, and her wits. She was someone you could easily fall in love with.
BUT Felix wants her – and he’d so anything, even scheme his way to have her spend some time with him. She had completely captivate his senses, and kept him awake at night. And of course, there’s this woman who wanted to be Felix’s countess and would spare nothing to have him.
I enjoyed reading this novel, and would have loved it more if the ending didn’t feel like it was cut short. I think a few more paragraphs, an additional chapter or even an epilogue would have sufficed. Nevertheless, I would recommend this book to my friends who love to read historical romances with a bit of forbidden romance in it.
*ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.
Sandra is a writer of romantic fiction. Her portfolio includes historical, contemporary, sci-fi, and paranormal romances in full-length books as well as shorts and novellas. No matter if the heat level is spicy or sweet, she loves to blend genres and oftentimes will add humor to the mix.
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