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Also I was lost in the numerous amount of people off and on throughout the entire book.
Alysia, a young illegitimate woman of 18 years was managing a large house, acting as a steward on a large estate and was also a tutor to a near genius. Oops, almost forgot, a fantastic artist and beautiful. What a paragon! Even for a work of fiction, it is far fetched!
Andrew at 21 was an expert investor on the stock market, shipping magnate, etc. Of course handsome with a physique like a god. He needed to stand up to his mother and demand that she stop pushing marriageable women at him.
Alysia’s mother had been the mistress of Andrew’s father. The father was Alysia’s guardian after her mother passed away. Alysia and Andrew grew up together. Nothing was ever mentioned how Andrew’s mother felt about having the daughter of her husband’s mistress living with them and managing the house and estate.
This is the longest review I have written. I found the story confusing at times and much too complicated. For instance, Andrew’s relationship with Lady Langton. Lady Langton saying to him that they had to marry since they were living in sin. Yet Andrew saying he was abstinent that he loved and will marry Alysia.
I had pre-ordered this book but took a few days before beginning it because I was afraid that it would follow the path of so many 'modern' historicals today i.e. filled with loads of sex scenes inappropriate to the times and a 'mistress' theme which I loathe. I was especially afraid of it in this book because the h is the daughter of a courtesan and we know that she is referred to as the H's mistress in the first book in the series, 'A Song for Sophia'. I'm happy to say that the author was entirely faithful to the time period and entirely respectful of the love between the main characters. That isn't to say there isn't chemistry between the two but mostly it's left to our imagination, which I prefer. The book covers a 3 year period as well as referring back to the past between the main characters a lot. There've been lots of other reviews so I'll only give my point of view under the spoilers.
I adored the way the H was so passionately in love with the h and was totally committed to the goal of being with her, especially when everyone else was fighting for the opposite. I loved it that the H refused to debase the h and make her his mistress because of how much he loved her, even when she offered to be his mistress towards the end. Initially he would've accepted that but as his love grew, the more he wanted the perfect outcome. I also loved that despite their passion for each other, sex came within marriage.
I look forward to the next book with much anticipation
That was this book.
This book is truly exceptional. I started this week with Moriah Densley's "A Song For Sophia." I truly enjoyed it. It was refreshingly honest, well written, moved at just the right pace, and concluded with a wonderfully balanced HEA. Wil and Sophia were made for each other. It was written in every wrinkle of every scar in their troubled lives (until they found each other). Andrew and Alysia were a different story...
I admit I was not sure they were right for each other. Andrew was compulsive and arrogant, Alysia was crippled by her lack of self-esteem. The two seemed destined for a trite and unhappy end. At one point, as another male lead is introduced to the story, I began to wonder if this was the life vest being thrown to Alysia... the only real opportunity for life-long happiness with someone who would never just presume she was his.
But in the end, I have to say one of the best things about this story was the way in which you learn the hero fell in love with the heroine. It was subtle, a part of a flashback in fact. Understated but beautiful, Ms. Densley helps us recount through Andrew's eyes why Alysia was "his" then and forever. It wasn't because she was sultry. It wasn't because she was drop-dead gorgeous. It wasn't because she was the prize he couldn't win. It was because she loved others well. A little girl, in fact. A little girl mercilessly teased and bullied because of her handicaps. Andrew fell hard and never recovered.
Seeing into the hero's heart this way cemented this story for me. Andrew could have been a nightmarish "hero" - he was self assured, beautiful (on the exterior), rich, powerful, and cosseted. That's a recipe for male ego of disastrous proportions. If I could offer the next reader one assurance about this book, it would be this: wait for it. Andrew - despite all odds - really does love *her* (not the exterior, not the jade, not the idea of her - alluring and just out of reach). He loves her. The best parts of her.
Man, this was a good book.