Series: Made to Marry, #1
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Tracy’s rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
I love Ms. Hawkins writing style – funny and light one page and then deep and emotional the next. This book was no exception, Connor and Theodora aka Thea are very likable leads with an undeniable chemistry. Their banter was vastly amusing but there was a lot of deep emotion as well.
Connor must marry, his sister has just passed away and has stipulated that if the three brothers do not marry within 3 months, their inheritance will be given to the Campbell’s – their greatest enemy! None of the three really need the money, but they will be damned if they let the Campbell’s have it!
Connor has the perfect woman in mind for his bride – his best friend’s sister, Theodora. They have been friends for ages and she would be the perfect wife for him. She would be no hardship to live with and even less to leave behind when he goes to sea. Thinking she will jump at the chance to marry him, he takes his time setting out for her home. When he finally arrives he learns that Thea is not home – she has eloped! Determined to retrieve his bride, Connor follows them.
Thea is having a really bad day and is wondering if she has made the biggest mistake of her life by eloping with Lance. She is not in love with him, but he will give her a stable home and a family, which is what she longs for after years of moving with her family from one diplomatic post to another. But now sitting in an inn in the middle of nowhere, banged up from a carriage mishap and drenched from being tossed into a ditch – she is rethinking her decision. And to make matters worse – the only man she has ever loved has just walked into the inn. When Connor enters the room, her heart leaps and she has to remind herself that she cannot love him anymore – so imagine her shock when Connor announces that he has decided to marry her!
The tale that follows is a delightful road trip romance of sorts – with Connor scheming to win his lady and Thea neatly deflecting him.
I really enjoyed the story, it is well written and covers just about the entire emotional spectrum – but it did kind of stall a little in the middle, but once you get past the 65% mark, the story gets its second wind and takes off without stopping until the very last page! With an entertaining cast of secondary characters, some passionate kisses and a couple of warmish love scenes this was a delight to read.
I would be happy to recommend this book and look forward to the rest of the series!
* I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher*