Why, oh why, have I waited so long to read another historical romance novel? Seriosuly, I know many of you won’t understand it, but it’s like comimg home. I think it’s because no matter what, I know when I start one it will have a happy ending and it will make me laugh and smile and maybe even cry along the way. I vow never to go this long without reading a romance novel ever again.
This one follows Lady Julia Yardley after her divorce is final. She was stuck in a very bad marriage and to get out of it, she timed things just right so her husband would walk in on her having an affair with Aiden Carr, Duke of Trathen and finally divorce her. After all is said and done, she finds that she though she doesn’t regret her decisions, she is not proud of having used Aiden. Aiden, a gentleman with a high code of honor, cannot get over having done something so unhonorable and yet is still drawn to Julia, obsessed might be a better word. But another affiar with her is out of the question because he is searching for a wife, determined to actually make it to the altar this time, after 2 failed previous attempts. This sets up the basics of the story. We get to watch them flirt, watch him fight his attraction and watch her be amused by it before becoming terrified of it. Things happen and we get our happily ever after. Laura Lee Guhrke has yet to disappoint me in this regard.
I must say that I love Julia because she isn’t your typical historical romance heroine. She smokes, she drinks, she swears, and she truly doesn’t give a damn what society has to say about it. She reminded me a bit of Lily from Then Came You by Lisa Kleypas. I truly enjoyed watching Aiden slowly peel back her layers to see the person she hids underneath the uncaring mask. Aiden, while he may not be my favorite hero, he does the job well. His upstanding character is the perfect compliment to Julia’s wild ways.