Series: Sinful Suitors, #5.5
Release Date: July 2, 2018
Years ago Lord Hartley Corry fell in love with Miss Anne Barkley, but when their father’s refused to approve a marriage between them, he left to join the army – hoping to make a living to support her. But when he returns to England five years later, Anne has disappeared. He is devastated and returns to India, but he has never forgotten her. When he returns to England again, six years later and takes a position spying for Lord Fulkham, he doesn’t use his connections to find her, because he doesn’t want to learn that she married and will never be his. He makes it clear to family and friends that he is a confirmed bachelor, because if he can’t marry Anne, he won’t marry.
So imagine his surprise when he arrives at his brother’s hunting lodge for a week of manly pursuits and finds not only a house party in full swing but his lost love Anne! But she is no longer Miss Barkley, she is now Lady Anne. He convinces her to meet him alone and is ready to pick up where they left off – but Anne has other ideas.
Anne was heartbroken when Hart left her with no word, he promised to elope with her if her father refused and instead he just up and left. It was probably for the best, her father told her that he was a gambler and a wastrel and the rumors she has heard over the years have only confirmed what her father said. She insists that they don’t know each other and she doesn’t trust him. He asks if he can court her, give them time to reacquaint themselves and see if marry is possible.
Anne is still in love with Hart, but old fears and new secrets keep her from fully committing to him. He is sweet and woos her with gifts and kisses, but she can’t seem to accept him – especially when he is so closemouthed about his prospects. Hart wants to tell her, but he needs her to trust him and commit before he can. When they finally make love and she still refuses to marry, he knows what he has to do to prove that he loves her for her and not for what she brings to a marriage.
This is a very sweet second chance at love story, it is very short, but it is well written, flows without feeling rushed and has wonderful characters, warm love scenes and a very lovely ending. It is part of the Sinful Suitors series, but it can be read as a stand alone title with no issues.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher*