When a bridal contract is struck, either parental outrage will void the arrangement or the love of a child will sweeten the deal.
Oliver Darrington - Viscount Tralsburg - wants nothing more than to hide out at the family property in Brighton until he can secure a seaworthy ship and return to adventuring the world. However, being handed his former mistress’ child isn’t part of that plan. Neither is the sudden longing for his pretty Italian neighbor.
Eloisa Hawthorne is in dire straits. Her older brother has gambled away her sister’s hand to a horrible man. In order to save her sister’s virtue and her future, Eloisa needs a fast fortune...or someone who can immediately cover the debt. When her handsome neighbor offers a temporary engagement contract, she accepts with alacrity. Too bad she fell in love with his dark-haired offspring. How scandalous!
When the two attend his mother’s London dinner party, Oliver wishes the union wasn’t merely a lark. Eloisa fears for the adorable child’s upbringing in heathen locales, but what can she do? The contract is only for a month, and love was never an option. Something must be done to throw over convention before the moment is lost and matters of the heart are sacrificed.
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Light read with a little steam
I wasn't sure whether to rate this a 2 or a 3. The story itself was fun and thought out. The characters were interesting. The narrator didn't do the story the justice I would have preferred (especially with the female and children's voices), but not enough to detract a full star. What really annoyed me was the author repeating why the two shouldn't be together. I really dislike when an author assumes her readers are too stupid to remember what problems the characters must overcome for whatever reason. She repeated these things several times a chapter. Every. Chapter. Overall, it was a great story with some anticipation build up and steam. The ending was perfect.
First but not the last
This is the first book that I have read by this author but it is absolutely not going to be the last. The story can be read as a standalone however is part of a series and I believe that I will absolutely go back and read the first two books so that I can hear those love stories as well. This book is well written the characters are well developed and unique.