Miss Sophia Vane, a hoyden of the first order, makes an unlikely match when she weds Nathaniel Ellison, the rich and wary Duke of Scarsdale. What starts with an unexpected friendship soon blooms into a fiery passion. But a betrayal plunges Sophia into the thorny world of London Society and entangles her in a labyrinth of manipulation and jealousy that will test the strength of her marriage. Behind her husband’s sudden icy facade, Sophia believes dwells the caring, passionate man she loves. To break through the barriers and reclaim their happiness, they must do more than simply cast away their pride. They must fight for their very lives.
Sophia trailed her fingers over Nathan’s strong jawline. She would reveal some of her fear in hopes that one day he would reveal some of his. “You’re like Michelangelo’s David. I’m afraid one day you will wake up and wonder who the stray puppy is that you married.”
He stood so abruptly she feared he was about to agree with her and then walk out of this room and her life. He looked down at her from his towering stance, reached behind him to tug off his shirt, and revealed a rippling abdomen and muscled chest. She stared in awe and wistfulness; his body―marred only at his shoulder by the bandage covering his healing wound―was every bit as beautiful as his face.
“I’m no statue, Sophia,” he growled as he yanked his boots off, then his pants and undergarments. She gaped at the size and power of his body that could not be denied now that he stood there without a stich of clothing.
“You are perfect,” she whispered, ashamed that she was so far from it, so very unmatched to him.
His gaze grew hard. “Expecting perfection from me will hurt us both. I like that you’re not perfect. Do you understand?”
She understood that he’d been hurt deeply and that he was trying to tell her how without saying it explicitly. “I do.”
He lowered himself over her, and something fierce glittered in his eyes. “I’ll hurt you and I’ll fail you, and then you’ll see. You won’t think me perfect. You won’t want to love me then.”
“Come to me, Nathan,” she replied, knowing arguing was futile. “Show me your imperfections.”
This is another winner by this amazing author! The cover that was chosen in my opinion is perfect for what you will find in this gem of a novel! It is a true historical romance! The characters are both troubled and seek only one thing. One love the other marriage of convenience! You should always marry within which you were born into right??? Nathaniel has mommy issues that have haunted him for his whole life into adult life. All women are the same in his eyes. He is definitely your everyday gentleman at the beginning of the story and only wants an heir. I loved how the author wrote his character because you see him start to change into his own person as the story goes. Sophie is stuck in a place only because of her love for family, little does she know danger lurks. Her character struck me as a hard working put your family before yourself first. Her heart is filled with love especially after everything she sees in life. Can two different characters find a median and learn to love? I love the way the author weaves her webb and brings the readers into this novel. You will find more than just another romance in this novel, she pulls in the suspense, betrayal, and other twists to keep you entertained! The story is fascinating and I couldn’t put it down, it is easy to read and i fell in love with the novel immediately! The plot is well written and flawless, your characters are full of life and bantor that are humorous (you always have to have some in a novel). This is one of those i would happily buy in paperback and put on my shelf of collectable novel/ authors to be read again! Another wonderful job and highly recommend it!!
Julie Johnstone is a best-selling author of Regency Romance and the author of a new urban fantasy/paranormal romance book. She’s been a voracious reader of books since she was a young girl. Her mother would tell you that as a child Julie had a rich fantasy life made up of many different make believe friends. As an adult, Julie is one of the lucky few who can say she is living the dream by working with her passion of creating worlds from her imagination. When Julie is not writing she is chasing her two precocious children around, cooking, reading or exercising. Julie loves to hear from her readers.
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