Like all the Bedwyn men, Aidan has a reputation for cool arrogance. But this proud nobleman also possesses a loyal, passionate heart—and it is this fierce loyalty that has brought Colonel Lord Aidan to Ringwood Manor to honor a dying soldier’s request. Having promised to comfort and protect the man’s sister, Aidan never expected to find a headstrong, fiercely independent woman who wants no part of his protection…nor did he expect the feelings this beguiling creature would ignite in his guarded heart. And when a relative threatens to turn Eve out of her home, Aidan gallantly makes her an offer she can’t refuse: marry him…if only to save her home. And now, as all of London breathlessly awaits the transformation of the new Lady Aidan Bedwyn, the strangest thing happens: With one touch, one searing embrace, Aidan and Eve’s “business arrangement” is about to be transformed into something slightly surprising.
While this plot should have grabbed me (marriages of convenience, how I love thee!) I had a lot of trouble getting into the book. There isn’t a large overarching conflict or a big bad, just two people that love each other but can’t bring themselves to talk about said love. Grah.
There are some awesome parts, especially when Eve heads to London, but they don’t make up for the chapters that drag. Oh, the captain has decided to stay for one more day? And yet another? Okaay.
That being said I give Balogh major brownie points for having the heroine be happy without biological children of her own. All too often a heroine’s like, “I’m fine with how things are, really,” but the epilogue reads, “I ended up pregnant! Thank god.” Eve wants kids but she’s not hinging her entire life’s happiness on them. Smart.
I won’t be running to get the next book of the series but I’ll keep it in mind for a rainy day.