Reviewed by May
“..it’s no wonder you can’t find a wife. No respectable woman in her right mind would have you! You’re… you are… appalling.”
Archer did the one thing he could to silence her tirade. He kissed her.
It was a mistake.
This is the story of two people who knew each other as children, but apparently didn’t see each other for many years which quite bluntly didn’t make much sense. Oh but don’t let the lack of sense stop you from reading this story. While I was puzzled by a number of the choices it was also a fun read.
Lady Briannon Findlay is full of spirit, surprises, and personality and I couldn’t help but be drawn to her and root for her as she does everything from face down a highway robber to going riding (secretly) on her horse early in the morning. Indeed she’s the kind of heroine you can’t help but like.
Archer (aka Marquess of Hawksfield) is a complicated man. He despises his father, is a Robin Hood of sorts, and finds himself unable to think of much else once he’s reunited with Lady Briannon.
Oddly enough, even with his vast experience with women dressed in sumptuous ball gowns to transparent peignoirs, the sight of Lady Briannon in a mud spattered white cotton shirt and men’s breeches, pistol in hand, made his pulse accelerate and his groin tighten.
The plot of this story is basically how these two come to be together, but also how Archer discovers who is out to ruin him. In the end, this story did not pay off for me and did not make a great deal of sense. I could never quite figure out why Briannon’s brother hates Archer as deeply as he does (his arguments didn’t work for me), nor could I figure out why Archer simply had to take the path that he did with life. The villain aspect of the plot was a huge miss for me as well.
So why didn’t I hate this story?
These authors had such a way with these two characters that I just couldn’t help but love them. I mean absolutely just adored them in every scene together I couldn’t wait to see how they would taunt, challenge, and test each other. The bulk of the story really does stick with the two of them, and it does avoid a good amount of pitfalls so many romances fall prey to such as losing momentum or going from wow to lackluster as the story goes on.
Had the villain plot been wildly different in resolution, I would have liked this story a great deal more. I won’t say more as I don’t want to get into spoiler territory. So I will leave you by saying that this book is a good one if you enjoy verbal sparring, unconventional historical characters, and heroines that don’t require saving/strong man to save the day. This gal had it handled on her own, pistol in hand, and she carried the book for me.