An inconvenient engagement turns a marriage of convenience into so much more in this sparkling new series from award-winning author Sara Portman . . .
Lady Emmaline Shaw’s reputation was irreparably damaged when her fiancé, John Brantwood, disappeared immediately after their engagement four years ago. Since then, she’s grown from a shy, uncertain girl to a woman who knows her own mind. And what she knows is that London society holds nothing for her.
Rumour has it that John ran off to war and died in battle. Now, as the new Duke of Worley, his shocking resurrection throws the ton into a tizzy and makes him one of England’s most sought after bachelors—except that he’s already engaged.
John needs a wife capable of smoothing his beloved sister’s introduction into society. But though Emma happily grants him his freedom, her fiery beauty and resilient spirit hold him captive. In fact, John has no intention of letting her go. Her fate is now in his hands, but will her heart be safe there as well?
Reunion stories: my favourite trope. Of course I was going to request this one for review!
I liked a lot about this book. Both characters have changed since they were first thrown together in the past. I also liked that the affection was slow to develop: this was a business arrangement at first. I liked the author’s writing style, and I enjoyed the main characters.
I did nearly tear my hair out at the frequent use of gotten (not a word that should appear in Regency romances), however – a minor complaint.
My issue came with the hero’s sister, who is supposed to be launched into English society after a lifetime in America. She was in her late teens but had temper tantrums to match any toddler. I did like the surprise this docile, shy, awkward girl we expected turned out to be the opposite, but her behaviour was a bit ridiculous.
If you can overlook that, there’s plenty to enjoy in The Reunion. I would read more by this author.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.