- Publisher: HARPER COLLINS (2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0263932737
- ISBN-13: 978-0263932737
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,324,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lord Ravenscar's Inconvenient Betrothal (Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies) Paperback – 2018
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Though I was more impressed with Lily Wallace at the beginning, for her braveness, spontaneity, and sensibility (and because she was raised in a wild tropical zone), Marquess Alan Rothwell is so well introduced, in a subtle way that engages the reader sympathetically with all his emotional scars. You don't feel a pathetic pity toward both the protagonists for how they lived their childhood, instead, you come to understand how and why human nature covers itself with layers of false securities.
But life is also a mystery and stories like this one makes you meditate on how destiny attracts equal souls to each other, in order to nurish, support, and heal one another's scars.
The characters are exquisitely flawed and, at the same time, insanely perfect for each other. You keep feeling that kind of sweet attraction between them through perfect emotional descriptions.
Lord Ravenscar resulted to be completely and wildly different from Lord Hunter, though with his own charms, and our dear Lady Lily, well... not so innocent after all, which puts a secret smile in our faces.
A novel highly addictive and highly recommended. I can't wait to know who Lord Staton will turn to be next...
From the very first pages, I adored the strong, formidable, independent, wilful Lily, until she slowly melted into a shivering puddle of lust. I liked Alan well enough at first; he’s your typical charming rake, until he presented Lily with his condition to their marriage, which I found appalling. I didn’t find his explanation justified his reasoning for his outrageous demand – or maybe it’s because it’s one I have seen too many times recently. Lily didn’t have much choice but to marry, she was pretty much caught between a rock and a hard place; so she chose the lesser of two evils, I suppose: Alan who made her mad with lust. I could, to a point, accept her choice, but I couldn’t understand how she could fall in love with him. I pitied Lily; I felt sorry for her, and I found LORD RAVENSCAR’S INCONVENIENT BETROTHAL sad and depressing because the magnificent character that had been Lily was reduced to a shivering mess. I have lived this pull of sexual attraction, but having one’s intelligence and values insulted made it easy for me to resist; not so for Lily it seemed. Alan’s stubborn determination to marry Lily because he wanted her felt too much like bullying to me, but the straw that broke the camel’s back was being privy to Alan’s thoughts before the deed was done. I was livid; had the author chosen not to include Alan’s unsavoury thought process at that particular moment, maybe I would have bought it. I love strong heroines, and it pained me to see Lily shivering her way through half the book consumed with desire and lust. The attraction was certainly there, they had much in common, epiphanies were had in the nick of time, but I would have wished to see it handled otherwise.
Lara Temple’s prose is sumptuous and lush; the descriptions vibrant and vivid; the pace lively; the dialogues superb, and the author’s use of language is flawless, always in tune with the era. LORD RAVENSCAR’S INCONVENIENT BETROTHAL didn’t work for me; I’m sure a lot of people will disagree with me, but it’s a question of perception, I suppose.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Very enjoyable, charming historical romance!
Alan Rothwell returns to a place he vowed never to return…anywhere near his family. He does have a purpose to buy a property, but there is a problem. The man he was supposed to buy it from passed away. Now, he must deal with his heir. To his surprise, it’s not a man but a beautiful, fiery woman…Lily Wallace. She refuses…something he isn’t used to. Most women either run away from him or towards him. She does neither, standing her ground. These two are on fire…whether lust or hate remains to be seen!
I enjoy books with not only strong males but strong females. Alan and Lily strong, independent, and yes, stubborn, which makes their chemistry electric. She is a woman ahead of her time. She was raised to be independent. Being back in England and with her father’s death, she feels suffocated by the strict rules of English society. She bucks convention, needing some time alone, she retreats to the home she has inherited when Alan shows up. When he falls ill, she offers to take care of them, now they are victims of the society they find stifling. Since they have been unchaperoned, now they are betrothed to one another. Each wants different things, so can a marriage like this survive?
As the two spend more time together, they begin enjoying each other’s company and developing deeper feelings towards one another. Both have trust issues, especially Alan. He had his life ripped out from under him as a child, and he has erected walls around his heart. Maybe Lily is just the woman to break them down….
I haven’t read this series, and I am always happy to find one I like, and I really liked this book. If you like strong, sexy heroes and independent, intelligent women and a sweet, sexy romance, I highly recommend this book.
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Heiress Lily Wallace and Alan Rothwell, Marquess Ravenscar, strike sparks off each other right from their first meeting.Read more
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