4 of 5 stars
Lady Charlotte Cavendish has suffered all of her life under a tyrannical father. First, he stops her eloping with the man she loves and then he marries her off to a cold heartless man. Now five years later, she's finally free and never wants to be under the thumb of a man again. All that changes when she meets Nash, 12th Earl of Wrotham. Their attraction is mutual, but she has vowed to never marry again. Nash is in the unlucky position of needing Charlotte's father's support for a bill in Parliament. Lord Cavendish's condition for his support is for Nash to marry his wayward daughter before she brings scandal and shame on the Cavendish name.
This is the first book I've read by Ms. Jaxon and she has written a lively story about a young woman finally enjoying her independence. However, being a widow is still fraught with perils which Charlotte finds out the hard way. When Nash saves her from an embarrassing situation, her feelings start to change toward him. I loved Nash and his code of honor. He wooed Charlotte gallantly, hoping she'd develop feelings for him. When a terrible secret is revealed, will Charlotte give up a chance to have a real marriage? The plot moved along nicely and there was an exciting cast of secondary characters to keep the reader's interest. Fans of regency romances will enjoy this story.
I received a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.