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However no problem with this book. For me it was 5 stars. Liked the hero. The heroine. The family . The servant. The best friend. The dogs. Most of all liked the story. No problem giving it 5 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next one.
Camellia Burke is Lord Merrick's niece and has come from Ireland to act as a companion to Lady Merrick, Cami is an aspiring author and came to England in hopes of finding a publisher for her book. It is a volatile time in Ireland and she is hoping that her book will enlighten the English to the plight of the Irish. She has found a publisher and he loved her story, but feels like she needs to make her villain more believable, she is at a loss until she meets Lord Ash - he is a perfect model for her villain!
Gabriel is fascinated by Cami, but Lady Felicity is perfect for his needs, he needs a wife with an impeccable lineage to thwart his uncle and cousin and Cami doesn't fit the bill. But the more he is with her, the more he wants her. For her part, Cami uses her time to study him - for her book of course - She knows Felicity doesn't want to marry him, but the alternative is ruin for her family.
Cami is beginning to believe there is more to Gabriel than he lets anyone see and when she tells him Felicity doesn't want to marry him, he kisses her. Cami is conflicted, she wants him, but feels guilty. When Gabriel's uncle gives Felicity the cut - things escalate quickly.
Gabriel learns his Uncle is plotting to destroy him, this is not the first time, but this time might well be the last. He needs to marry Felicity, he has been avoiding asking for her hand, but his time is up. He tells Fox that he will marry Felicity - Fox objects, he cares for her and doesn't want her to be hurt. Gabriel says he will make sure she is taken care of, but that is not good enough for Fox and he leaves in anger. Fox is the only person that has ever stood by him and Gabriel wonders if he has finally turned that relationship to ash as well.
Lady Merrick is outraged by Gabriel's uncle and declares that if Lord Ash doesn't propose, Felicity will be ruined. Cami joins them for breakfast and tries to sooth her aunt, but when a letter from home arrives, all thoughts of Felicity and Gabriel flee. Trouble is brewing and she must return home.
When Gabriel arrives, Felicity urges him to go after her and Gabriel sets a new plan in motion. He finds Cami and tries to convince her to travel with him, she resists, but then he tells her he is not going to marry Felicity. Cami finally gives in to the attraction between them and the next morning when Gabriel finds her manuscript, she gives him more than just her body. She reads her book to him and in doing so, shares her soul with him.
Gabriel knows he should go back to London and clear his name, because he wants a future with Cami. Realizing how much she shared with him, he opens up to her, as he has never done with another person. This is a very touching and emotional scene - tissues may be needed by the reader - It appears that they have come to an understanding and he will return to London. But when the news of trouble in Ireland is learned, he can't let her go alone. But if he goes, he could lose everything - including his life.
This is such a great story, a wonderful blend of fact and fiction woven into a complicated and emotional tale, with a broken hero and an equally broken heroine - two imperfect people who are perfect for each other. This book has steamy-ish love scenes, a little heartache, sacrifices made, secrets shared and a very sweet ending. If this book had an epilogue it would have been a 5 star read - because IMO, it needed an epilogue, the ending just came a little too fast, tied up a little too neatly and ended a little too abruptly and left me wanting more. But that doesn't change the fact that I loved this book and would highly recommend it.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher*
Ash has decided he needs to keep his uncle and cousin from ever inheriting his title and estate, so he decides to marry into a good family. He is somewhat of a successful gambler. Ash selects Felicity because it is convenient and he can blackmail her family with their debts. But, he cannot seem to stay away from Cami. She intrigues him, challenges him and kisses his socks off. Felicity appears to be a biddable choice in a wife, but is much wiser than Ash or her parents give her credit for. Even Mr. Fox, who is the best friend a person can have, knows that Ash has made the wrong choice in a wife.
Bespeckled Cami is quite a strong woman and does not mind giving her opinion. Her aunt seems to be always trying to tame her. Cami wants independence and is writing a book to try to earn money to help find a way out of being a servant in her uncle’s home. Dark, devastatingly handsome Lord Ash is the perfect ‘hero’ for her book. She is going to make him quite evil, but the more she gets to know him and fall deeper in love with him, the more difficult it is to write his story. And, once she finds out Ash’s secret, she knows she has fallen too far in love with him. Your heart breaks for both of them as you learn more about Ash’s father’s death. He really lost his father long before he actually died.
Cami and Ash’s story is so close to the book Cami is writing. And, Ash’s respect of her privacy as pertains to the book is to be admired. It speaks all the more to his genuine character. His understanding of her needs is what any woman would want in her hero.
Ms. Craig is becoming one of my favorite writers. She weaves historical events into her books; with this one being the difficulties between Ireland and England during the time period. She writes of the struggles between the two countries with the realism of those who lived it. I look forward to many more of her books. If you have not read one of her books, give her a try. You will enjoy them as much as I. Thank you Net Galley for sharing this book in exchange for an honest review.