By Eloisa James
June 28, 2016
E-ISBN 9780062573063 * $.99
About the Book
A witty, sexy novella about a virgin widow and a rake with something to prove.
Eighteen months ago, Lizzie Troutt’s husband died in his mistress’s bed, leaving her determined to never marry again….and unfortunately virginal.
Eighteen years ago (give or take a few) the Honorable Oliver Berwick blackened his own soul, leaving him hardened and resolutely single.
When the chance for redemption in the form of a country house party invitation comes his way, Oliver is determined to prove himself a gentleman.
Until he breaks all the codes of gentlemanly behavior…once again.
Source: eARC from the publisher for review purposes (thanks!)
Lizzie, while visiting with her sister, would love nothing more than to be left alone in her rooms to read all day while still trying to forget about her sham of a marriage that ended over a year ago. She is still not over the fact that her husband died, while in his mistress’s bed, unable and/or unwilling to consummate their marriage.
Her sister is determined to help her get over the betrayal of her husband and is attempting to get her to see more people, namely marriageable men. Arriving early for a house party, Oliver Berwick immediately is drawn to Lizzie and, uncharacteristically, decides to woo her and make her is own, before anyone else can meet her and lay claim.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novella. Yes, there was a case of ista-love, or insta-lust, as the case may be, but Oliver was charming enough for me to forgive him his easy heart and…other organ. There were some quite funny scenes, especially regarding playing outdoor games inside (also reminded me a bit of the Bridgerton’s as it’s their favorite sport). I ripped through the novella quite quickly (as it was easy to do so) and it’s I had to immediately go out to find the first few novels in the series, though I am curious about how they’re related. I haven’t read much Eloisa James, but if this is indicative of the kinds of things she writes, I will definitely be reading more.
About the Author
ELOISA JAMES is a New York Times best-selling author and professor of English literature who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. Visit her at http://www.eloisajames.com