Author Ella Quinn
Print Length 338 pages
Publisher Zebra Shout
Published March 29, 2016
In the first book of her dazzling new series, bestselling author Ella Quinn introduces the soon-to-be Earl and Countess of Worthington—lovers who have more in common than they yet know. The future promises to be far from boring…
Lady Grace Carpenter is ready to seize the day—or rather, the night—with the most compelling man she's ever known. Marriage would mean losing guardianship of her beloved siblings, and surely no sane gentleman will take on seven children not his own. But if she can have one anonymous tryst with Mattheus, Earl of Worthington, Grace will be content to live out the rest of her life as a spinster.
Matt had almost given up hope of finding a wife who could engage his mind as well as his body. And now this sensual, intelligent woman is offering herself to him. What could be more perfect? Except that after one wanton night, the mysterious Grace refuses to have anything to do with him. Amid the distractions of the Season he must convince her, one delicious encounter at a time, that no obstacle—or family—is too much for a man who's discovered his heart's desire…
I read this series out of order, having been send the third book via NetGalley. I liked it so much as that soon as I finished it I one-clicked this one. Historical romances were the first genre that I fall completely in love with and they always hold a special place in my heart.
After her parents died, Lady Grace Carpenter fought tooth and nail to keep her siblings with her. A long court battle ensued and she won guardianship of all seven of her siblings. With the help of her grandfather, who then put the responsibility of raising them all on Grace’s shoulders. Having decided that raising them is more important than a second season to find a husband of her own. She is settled into the belief that she shall remain a spinster. She is headed home when a terrible storm hit forcing her, along with her servants to spend the night at an inn. The same inn that Mattheus, Earl of Worthington happens to be staying at. As the fates allowed they spent time together with Lady Grace disappearing in the morning. After all what man wants to be attached to a woman with seven kids? Maybe one who supports his step-mom and his four sisters?
Grace is a woman who has a lot of responsibility on her shoulders. She does not want to stifle her sibling’s creativity or intelligence. She knows what is expected of a woman her age and realizes that the dream will not happen for her. When she discovers that Matt is looking for he she does try to hide from him. After all this is her little sister’s coming out season and a scandal will ruin her chances of marriage. So when Mattheus does find her (yes, he searched) and proposes marriage she runs from the offer. This tilts her world upside down. Some will probably see this as weak, yet she has her siblings to worry about which I understand.
Mattheus is a stand-up guy. I really liked him. His family comes first and that allows him a special place in my heart. He also knows what he wants and is willing to do what is necessary to get it. I like that he searches for her and tries to woo her while accepting full heartedly her family.
A sweet adorable tale of a love that is thought to be hopeless and a guy who is determined to make sure that it isn’t. The siblings and the puppies in this story make for chaotic fun. A good start to a series that has already captured my interest.
My Rating 4 out of 5 stars
Favorite Quote “You had better be prepared to explain to him that you do not intend to give up guardianship of the children. The law is very unfair to women in many respects and this is probably the worst example.”
Phoebe- Grace’s friend
Edgar Molton- Grace’s evil uncle
Charlotte- Grace’s sister
Louisa- Matt’s sister
Jane- Grace’s cousin
Patience- Matt’s step mom