With her betrothal to a duke in tatters and scandal imminent, Diana Kingman has two choices: live in certain ignominy or flee into obscurity. Diana wants solitude. She never wished to wed in the first place. However, her father will stop at nothing to betroth her to one of the finest titles in the realm...no matter how loathsome the bearer. Escape is Diana’s only option, and she’ll pay any price to achieve freedom.
Universally blamed for the death of his wife and unborn child, Simon Hastings doesn’t dispute his guilt over an accident he cannot even remember. He hasn’t had a drink since, nor a moment’s peace. Determined to be a better man, Simon rescues a young woman in need—only to be accused of kidnapping. They must marry to save him from prison. But how can a man haunted by the love he lost and a woman afraid to get too close find happiness together?
Historical romance is a tricky thing. In order for it to work you have to be engaged with the characters, and you have to want them to be together, and you have to be able to believe their attraction...yet they are not able to date, to spend time alone, or to have any of the other "moments" that make a romance work.
So, the author has to find a way to make it work...and in this one, we are with Diana and Simon while he helps her leave London after her betrothal falls apart and she is afraid of the reaction of her father.
I enjoyed this book, a lot. I liked the characters and I liked getting to know each of them and see who they are not only as people but as a couple while they are forced to travel together...Diana because she needs to get away and Simon because he feels responsible, in a way, for the situation she is in...as it was his friend who jilted her.
They say you really get to know someone when you travel with them...and that was definitely true with this title as they not only got to know one another but found a reason to believe in one another...which made the book a lot of fun.
I recommend this title.
Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, emotional historical and contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.
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