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I really enjoyed this book - it was not what I was expecting and parts of it where much darker than i would have liked. Come to think of it, the first book in the series took a bit of a dark turn as well. I hope the next book is a little lighter. Because this book, while an excellent read - was hard to get through, it was by no means a light, easy read and it was emotionally draining at times.
Edwin is an almost perfect hero, he is blunt and he is perceived as cold, but he has a huge heart and is very protective of those he loves.
Clarissa is also a very likable character, she has a painful secret that she has shared with no one, including Yvette, Edwin's sister and her dearest friend. Clarissa is the exact opposite of what Edwin wants in a wife. She is social, he is not. She is witty and lighthearted, his is not (although - he does have his moments) He is convinced that she would drive him crazy - but a bit of crazy is exactly what he needs!
When Warren (Edwin's best friend and Clarissa's cousin) asks Edwin to keep an eye on Clarissa while he is away, Edwin reluctantly agrees. Warren is worried for Clarissa because she is being stalked and harassed by a rejected suitor. Count Durand is seemingly hell bent on claiming Clarissa.
Edwin's protective instincts go into hyper drive and he marries Clarissa to "protect" her (That's his story and he is sticking to it!).
I enjoyed the relationship between Edwin & Clarissa. Here we have two people who have known each other for pretty much their whole lives and believe they know everything there is to know about the other. It was delightful watching them truly learn about each other.
Part of this story were extremely amusing and parts were heart wrenching. The pain and angst were very real and my heart broke for them. But the ending - Sigh.... I don't remember the last time I felt so emotionally invested in a book and this book had me in knots from the beginning right to the very end.
I would highly recommend this book - but be warned - it is not a light, fluffy read. It touches on some extremely sensitive issues! This book could easily be read as a stand alone - but you will understand Edwin better if you have read at least the last book of the The Duke's Men series and/or the first book in this series.
When Clarissa’s cousin and guardian leaves the country to help out Clarissa’s exiled brother, Edwin promises to look out for her, squire her about town, and prevent her sleazy French suitor, Durand, from harassing her. Yet, Durand is irrationally persistent and won’t leave Clarissa alone, so Edwin marries Clarissa to protect her.
Edwin and Clarissa have known each other since childhood, and Edwin has been infatuated with her since her debut. What Edwin doesn’t know is that Clarissa had a bad experience with a man at her debut, which has made her reluctant to consummate their marriage.
So, there are two mysteries in the story: why Clarissa is afraid to have sex with Edwin and why Durand is so obsessed with marrying Clarissa. It was fairly obvious to me the more Clarissa protested and her memories were revealed what those mysteries were about and how they were possibly tied together.
Aside from Edwin’s back story, there weren’t very many surprises in the novel, and the villain was rather one-dimensional. Edwin is a more complex character, and I liked his compassion toward women and his willingness to admit when he’s wrong.
I liked the way Edwin and Clarissa challenged each other, how Edwin’s gifts for her were meaningful, and how Edwin was “in her corner.” I also liked Clarissa’s friendship with Edwin’s sister and their affirmation that women should stick together.
The novel’s conclusions about violence against women is a familiar narrative, partly because the shaming and silencing of victims–survivors–seems to be a never ending story. It’s too bad there doesn’t seem to be enough flexibility in the genre for heroines who are unafraid and unashamed to own their voices and speak their truths.
*ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
When the Marquess returns from the Continent, he has information that can help bring an end to the whole situation, but they need help. Fortunately help comes from another member of St. George’s - a very important person.
Sabrina does it again. This story has an interesting plot, a bit of mystery, great characters and a good ending for all (except the dastardly villain).