Series: The Cavensham Heiresses #4
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on November 27th 2018
Genres: Regency Romance
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A lady with a noble mission. A duke looking for redemption. A forbidden love that cannot be denied…
Lady Daphne Hallworth is ready to celebrate the holidays with her family. But when they accidentally leave her home alone, Daphne uses the time to work on her dream—opening a home for unwed mothers. But her quest isn’t problem-free: She’s in a battle to win the property for the home against her brother’s best friend-turned-enemy, Paul Barstowe, Duke of Southart. And that’s not all: someone has stolen her personal diary, which holds secrets that could devastate her family. Daphne has always harbored private feelings for the man her family scorns…though perhaps striking a bargain with the handsome Duke will solve both their problems?
Paul, long considered good for nothing, aims to open a hospital to honor his brother and restore his reputation. So when a conflict over the land brings him straight into Daphne’s life, they make a deal: He will help her find her diary if Daphne can change her family’s opinion of him. But before he can win her family’s affection, he has to win hers first. Maybe love was the answer to their family feud all along?
Janna MacGregor has risen to the top pf my queue for favorite Regency Romance writers. I simply adore this series. Each story has a great balance of friendship, family, mystery and romance and MacGregor has done a wonderful job as her writing is incredibly descriptive and the imagery created puts the reader in the head and hearts of the characters.
After being unwittingly abandoned during the Christmas holiday, Lady Daphne Hallworth finds herself under the “protection” of her brothers ex best friend Lord Paul Barstowe, the second son of the Duke of Southart. With one of the worst reputations, Paul has a lot to overcome. But while the family is away, Daphne and Paul find a deep attraction and the flirtation and playful banter is exquisite:
“What do you want?”
Through the tangled web of sensuality he’d woven around her, she replied, “Everything.”
“You’re a wicked, wicked woman, Lady Daphne Hallworth.” He slowly drew away. With a rumbling, rich laugh that permeated every inch of her body, Paul held out his arm for her to take. “I think you and I are going to become the best of friends this evening. On the way to the Reynolds, perhaps you could define ‘everything’ for me.”
Already on the outs, his attention to Daphne is heavily protested but the seduction forms a steadfast connection that Daphne stands for. I loved her sense of independence as she fights for what she believes in, namely Paul. And all is not as it seems. How Paul, Alex, and Nicholas ended up on the outs may not be what it seems. There are some incredibly twists to the story that changes everything for all the families. There were times I felt incredibly sad for Paul. He questions his worthiness but it’s clear his feeling for Daphne are earnest and he plays the hero for her in a much needed capacity. Daphne also faces a scandal of epic proportions.
I can’t recommend this series enough. Every book has great central characters and the storyline continues to build on the world of The Cavensham Heiresses and reinforces my love for all things of “Ton” (le bon ton).
~Review by Cyndi