- File Size: 666 KB
- Print Length: 286 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Historical (March 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 1, 2011
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004MPRZQ6
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,367 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bought: The Penniless Lady (Gentlemen of Fortune Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Hadrien and Artemis get off to a rough start. She blames him and his family for the death of her sister and brother. Hadrien blames her family for the death of his brother. Both are hurting because of the loss of loved ones and Artemis stands to lose the only person she loves -her nephew Lee. Hadrien is not aware that his brother fathered a son. As soon as he learns about the child he wants him, so that he can fulfill the plans he had for his brother.
Since they both want their nephew, they strike an agreement - a marriage of convenience - Hadrien will be leaving to return to the Orient in 8 months and Artemis will raise Lee on her on.
This is a very heartwarming story and the characters were well defined, they interacted beautifully and within the scope of the story they were great.
There are two books before this on and one after it. I had already started reading it before I was aware so I'll have to catch up.
The other books are:
Seduced: The Scandalous Virgin
Married: The Virgin Widow
Brought: The Penniless Lady (This Book)
Wanted: Mail-Order Mistress
I liked the first Married: The Virgin Widow it was a tasty meal of secrets and bitterness, just as I like it with family and first love trauma/drama.
This story is filled with secret past suffering mixed with present grief of lost siblings for Hadrian Northmore (his last brother) and Lady Artemis Dearing (both her brother and sister in less then a year). I really wanted to throw darts at Lady Artemis's two uncles, they were the definition of selfish jerks. So I was happy that she quickly marries and leaves her birthplace.
This is a marriage of convenience plot with a one year old illegitimate child thrown in to bring out all the lovely maternal instincts whilst at the same time giving Hadrian an instant family to finally heal his long time wounds of having being orphaned and family-less. I do love a 'married-then-fall-in-love' scenario in my historical romance stories. It is next to impossible to pass that off in a modern romance, but it totally works for historical (especially) gentry English settings. Something about an arranged marriage between two sweet but damaged people in the time period of repressed feelings and gestures, always makes for a delicious read. There is two sexy moments in the book, but they are very vague and quickly sketched out so I would almost put it at a YA level, although the audience is clearly for a mature female audience (me!).
This was 283 pages and just the right length for me. The author could have padded it with more girl time talks with ladies from earlier books or bringing up the terrible Dearing family again. But I am glad that there is no more contact with her selfish self-serving uncles. Silence can be more interesting then too much blah blah in a story.
There is however a small delusion. both are attracted to one another which makes the arrangement self satisfying. There is no denying the attraction and each reason's that this is the best for the child.
Hadrian is a self made businessman, who does most of his business out of the country and tells Artemis that she will be able to raise their nephew as his wife at Hadrian's home. However, he blames the sister of Artemis' for causing this end to his brother.
Artimis is content with the arrangement, which gets her out of her uncle's home into a home of her own. She won't have to endure Hadrian in the home for a protacted length of time since he will be leaving. Artemis in turn also blames Lee, Hadrian's deceased brother, for seducing her young sister and later involves her brother.
Yet, as the two get to know one another, emotions begin to evolve and slowly their attaction for one another is recognized and acted upon. The battle is for each of these characters to overcome there reserve and fears of love and realize that love sometimes will erase the past and make a future brighter.
This is a sweet charming romance that I enjoyed and recommend.