He’s inherited the title of rake. She hides behind her independence… Fate accepts the challenge.
Grace Beaumont has seen what love can do to a woman. Her mother sacrificed her life to produce the coveted son and heir. A devastated father and newborn brother force her to take on the role of Lady Boldon at the age of fifteen. But Grace finds solace in the freedom and power of her new status.
Christopher Roker made a name for himself in the military. The rigor and pragmatism of the army suits him. When a tragic accident heaves Kit into a role he never wanted or expected, his world collides with another type of duty. Returning to England and his newfound responsibilities, the Wicked Earls’ Club becomes a refuge from the glitter and malice of London society but cannot ease his emptiness.
Needing an escape from his late brother’s memory and reputation, Kit visits the family estate for the summer. Lady Grace, a beauty visiting from a neighboring estate, becomes a welcome distraction. When the chance to return to the military becomes a valid possibility, the earl finds himself wavering between his old life and the lure of an exceptional—and unwilling—woman.
Review by Twinsie Angie
I received this book from the author for an honest review.
I am a historical LOVER!! I love the Ton. I love Regency. I love the corsets. I love the rules. I love the gossip. I love the sneaking away to steal a moment with your loved one. I. Just. Love. It!!
So this book didn’t disappoint me. I opened it and devoured it in no time. I was so drawn to the characters and their situations that placed the two of them together. I loved how open minded Kit was about a woman. He was raised by a strong woman and so he in turn wants a strong wife.
Grace has been the Lady of her family’s lands since her mother died at the young age of 15. She became the woman of the house raising her brother, taking care of the ground, the staff and her father. She wants to live her life her way and isn’t looking for a husband. They will pin her down and she loves her independence.
Grace and Kit meet when her cousin/bestie marries Kit’s twin brother. They hit it off but time was not right for them. He had to return to the military to fight Napoleon while she must continue to raise her brother.
When they meet back up the sparks pick up right where they were at the wedding. Neither are looking for an HEA. They just want to pass the time over the summer with a friendly face and some silly flirting. Little do they know, the silly fun turns serious very quickly. Then both are worried about how the other will react to the news the other is in love with them.
I loved the scene when Kit comes to see her at her family home and we learn of all that he has planned and all he declares to our girl. I also love the side characters in the story. They are all there and offer the right guidance to the characters when they need it. I would love to see Grace’s dad marry again along with Eliza!
estselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. She resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule, and barn cats. Obsessions include wine, history, travel, trail riding, and all things Christmas. Her Chicago Christmas series has received the Golden Quill, Aspen Gold, Heart of Excellence, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and twice nominated as a Rone finalist by InD’tale Magazine.
Aubrey’s first love is medieval romance but after dipping her toe in the Regency period in 2018 with the Wicked Earls’ Club, she was smitten. This inspired her spin-off series Once Upon a Widow and the Scottish Regency series A MacNaughton Castle Romance with Dragonblade Novels.