Tracy’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Series: A Series of Unconventional Courtships, #3
Release Date: September 28, 2020
Penelope Munroe and Barrett Sterne shared a heated kiss at the house party thrown by the Earl & Countess of Tensford, but the night ended in tragedy when Sterne was knocked out and the Earl’s prized fossil was stolen, Sterne blames himself and will stop at nothing to return the fossil to his friend – he also intends to stay as far away from the tempting Miss Munroe as possible.
Penelope learns that Sterne is back and wants to explore the connection between them further, so when she finds out he is planning on finding the stolen fossil, she decides it is the perfect opportunity to see if they suit. But much to her surprise and dismay, Sterne refuses her help, claiming it is too dangerous, he also makes it clear that he is not in the market for a wife – but he can’t seem to stop kissing her.
When new leads are found, Sterne begrudgingly agrees that Penelope might be an asset in finding the fossil and agrees that they work well together, but he is still not looking for a wife and he still can’t stop kissing her. The clues lead them to London and she finally learns why Sterne is so set against marriage to her, he is also sure they have figured out who stole the fossil, Penelope doesn’t agree and sets out to prove Sterne is wrong, about more than just the thief!
This was a well written story with that explores the mystery of the stolen fossil from the first book Love Me, Lord Tender. In the book you will find an exciting mystery, cameos from Tensford, Hope & Whiddon, a stubborn hero, a feisty heroine, warm love scenes, a few surprising twists and finally HEA complete with an epilogue! This is the third book in the series, but it could easily be read as a standalone title. I enjoyed this story and am looking forward to Chester’s book!