Governess Eve Merton would have fallen into serious trouble on her walk home if a handsome stranger had not stopped to help her. But when Mr. Vernon gives her a lift on his horse, he makes no secret of his attraction. As a well brought-up young lady, Eve does her best not to notice, but when he sets about courting her, she knows she’s in trouble. For she has a secret: she is the daughter of a deposed king, which means not only is she without a dowry, but also that her life is in danger…
Little does Eve know that Mr. Vernon has secrets of his own. In truth, his name is Julius, Lord Winterton, and he’s well aware that Eve is the offspring of the Old Pretender. In order to save his sister, he must convince Eve to wed—though he wants nothing to do with love. But as the two grow closer and an attempt is made on Eve’s life, Julius may realise that fighting his heart’s true desire is a battle most pleasurably surrendered…
I’ve enjoyed every book in this series I’ve read. In a sea of historical romances based on pop culture and featuring characters who in no way come across as English aristocrats, Lynne Connolly’s books stand out because she works with real history.
The political intrigue in this series is so great to read, with secret children of the Old Pretender being tracked down and married off before they can become a threat to the monarchy. There is a sense of history to these books that is so different to most coming out at the moment, and nowhere is it more obvious than in the sheer power the characters hold.
It also helps that – with the author being a Brit – I’m not facepalming every page because of incorrect language.
The 18th-century Georgian world is a totally different place to the Regency or Victorian eras of most books, and the author clearly has a great love for the time period. She understands day to day life in the time, and makes sure to illustrate the differences with her attention to fashions and furnishings.
And how wonderful to have Chatsworth mentioned as the home of a duke – I am SO SICK of it being used as an oversized castle for Pride and Prejudice adaptations!
This book can be read as a standalone. I think it can, at any rate, even though this hero has featured heavily in earlier books. The story introduces us to a new heroine and a new setting, and so I think it works even though this is the sixth book.
If you like your historical romances with some actual history in them, this is a good series.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.
One other thing: the copy I read had many editing errors. I hope that is fixed for the proper book.