A fake engagement brings together a lady with bold and daring dreams, and the heir whose heart she captured—perfect for fans of Bridgerton!
Tall, dark, and brooding—to say that American Maxwell Crenshaw stood out in the glittering ballrooms of London, is an understatement. He vowed never to set foot in England again, but when a summons from his father, along with an ultimatum to secure his legacy, has him crossing the Atlantic for the last time, reuniting him with the delectable Lady Helena March, he can’t deny the temptation she presents. Or the ideas she inspires...
Lady Helena March is flirting with scandal. Instead of spending her time at teas and balls in search of another husband, as is expected of a young widow, Helena pours her energy into The London Home for Young Women. But Society gives no quarter to unmarried radicals who associate with illegitimate children and fallen women, and Helena’s funding is almost run out. So when the sinfully seductive Crenshaw heir suggests a fake engagement to save them both—him from an unwanted marriage and her from scorn and financial ruin—Helena finds herself too fascinated to refuse the sexy American.
As their arrangement of convenience melts oh so deliciously into nights of passion, their deception starts to become real. But if Max knew the true reason Helena can never remarry, he wouldn’t look at her with such heat in his eyes. Or might the Crenshaw heir be willing to do whatever it takes to win the one woman he’s never been able to forget...
I love historical novels, especially those that are set a little later than the usual 1810-1820 time period. This one is set in the Gilded Age, so I was all in from the beginning.
Maxwell and Helena both have issues that they can mutually assist one another with...by pretending to be engaged. Him to appease a difficult parent and her, well, sort of for the same reason.
The problem? There is a genuine attraction between them that has been present since their first meeting 6 months ago that hasn't gone away...as much as they would both like it to, at least at the beginning.
I loved all of it. The time period and the restrictions it placed on them as a couple, even once they became engaged, the romance, their attraction, and the way they handled dealing with the things that kept them apart...the obvious of him living in the US and her in London, and the one that she didn't want to tell him which I won't mention here.
If you enjoy historical novels (or if you are watching and loving The Guilded Age on HBO) this book is for you. I enjoyed and recommend this title.