Tracy’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Series: Regency Royals, #4
Release Date: January 11, 2022
Love at first sight, is most certainly not what happened between Lady Ophelia and King Grantham of Athawick. And while Ophelia thought the king was handsome, he was definitely not charming, at least not to her, in fact, he seems to ignore her whenever possible! She and her family are in Athawick for the royal wedding and she is looking forward to returning home to England, but when her dearest friend Priscilla falls in love with Prince Remington and asks her to stay a bit longer, she agrees and will even try to get along with the king.
Grantham is far from indifferent to Ophelia, but with his country in turmoil and his obligations to the crown, he doesn’t have time to be distracted by the lovely Englishwoman. But when most of the guests leave after the wedding and his siblings busy with their new spouses, Grantham finds himself in Ophelia’s company much more often and his desire for her only grows. They form a friendship and share secrets, then they finally give in to the attraction and become lovers, always knowing that it is temporary. But when the leader of the rebellion is found, things come to a head and Ophelia is caught up in the crossfire – will Grantham be able to save her or will he lose the woman he has come to realize is the love of his life?
This was an exciting and informative addition to the series. The book has secrets, shocking revelations, great characters, steamy love scenes, wonderful secondary characters, a nail-biter ending with a surprising twist, and finally a HEA. I enjoyed this installment, but I found the beginning a bit slow and dragged out, but it picked up the pace in the middle and finished with a bang, and nicely sets up the final book in the series. This is the fourth book in the series and they are all interconnected, but each book can be read as a standalone, however, I would recommend reading them in order for the best reader experience.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.*