My rating: 4 of 5 stars
An endearing story of a down on luck heroine and a weary hero.
Selena Lockhart is forced by circumstances to be a companion to cantankerous old Lady Harrowden and Sir Lucius has sworn off females whose only whim to get him to the altar, but soon finds himself very interested in the events that surround Harrowden estate.
The romance that develops is sweet and I loved how Lucius accepts his mistake and admits to having committed wrong in standing up for Selena. The sibling relationship was altogether lovely, Philippa and George serve as the conscience of Lucius, and quite amusing to see how they take their elder brother to task for failing in his duties.
A quick and easy read historical romance perfect for a break in the afternoon siesta. 🌧️ 🌧️ 🌧️ 🌧️
She needs a champion. He needs one less person to worry about.
Selena Lockhart comes with neither fortune nor connections, and she knows better than to expect Society to give her a welcome—especially after her father gambled away his fortune, precipitating the family’s sudden fall from grace and Selena’s betrothed to break off the engagement. It therefore comes as no surprise that her new neighbor, Sir Lucius, treats her with disdain. Why should he look beyond appearances when her own promises so little?
Sir Lucius Clavering is not married, but he may as well be, considering he is expected to escort his widowed mother to watering holes, round out the numbers at his married sister’s dinners, and come to the aid of his scapegrace younger siblings. It doesn’t help that single women and matchmaking mamas jostle each other for his face, fortune, and title so that he’s left without a moment’s peace.
When Selena shows up at Lucius’s doorstep looking for help, he is sure it’s another ploy aimed at cutting up his prized bachelor existence. Although his prejudice does not last long, Lucius fears his first reaction might have ruined his chances with her. How can he save her from Society’s teeth when she continues to hold him at arm’s length?
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