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on December 26, 2012
I got this book for free through Goodreads First Reads
Lady Diana Wylder is the youngest and the last of the unwed sisters, she is also the most 'wildest' one with a few indiscretion in her past. In order to tame her and save her family from embarrassment, she is promised to Lord Crump, an older dull man that is really in need of someone to bare him a heir. But when she meets a stranger in a park then shares a kiss at him in the gala, her whole world turns upside down. The last thing the Duke of Sheffield expected was a passionate kiss from the mysterious unnamed woman from the park, but Lady Diana hits close to home. Sheffield has also been forced into marriage by the king after his severe indiscretions in France, when he is forced to marry Lady Enid, who has no interest in him but is in love with somebody else.
Let me just say that I have read a lot of mixed reviews on this book. A lot of them came from people who have read the first two. As someone who has not read the first or the second book, I really really enjoyed this one. Yes, at a point this book was kind of slow, but as I got more into it I realized I was reading more and more of it. I really liked Sheffield and at times I felt a little sorry for him and Lady Diana. Diana was stuck in an arranged marriage thanks to her mother and aunt. Meanwhile her late father was the one who had arranged the marriage of her other two sisters for whom it had turned into love. Lord Crump on the other hand was unresponsive and boring.
Lady Diana was a lively spirit who was stuck in one of the most unfortunate situation with a man who can put out her spark and Sheffield a womanizer who finally found a woman who challenges him. The attraction between the two was instant and I thought the two of them were adorable together. I also loved Sheffield's dog, Fantome, who was just an awesome bundle of love.
The storyline to me was interesting and different from my other mostrecent reads, and of course this being a historical romance I loved the time period. Once I really got into the book I was unable to put it down. I really did enjoy the main characters and what they had to offer even if Lady Diana frustrated me at times for her treatment of Sheffield, but their story was beautiful. The way Sheffield handled Lady Enid's situations was quiet touching as well, but I won't spoil it. This book does make me want to back track and read the first of the series that I heard was quiet good and since I liked Lady Charlotte in this book, I think I just might.