Tracy’s rating: 5 of 5 stars
Series: Goode Girls, #5
Release Date: April 19, 2022
Rosaline “Ros” Goode, the youngest of the Goode girls is stressed, and that never bodes well for her – to relieve the tension building, she escapes to (OK – breaks into) her neighbor’s observatory to calm herself by viewing the stars, but several things happen that will bring anything but peace – first she knicks a cup from a table full of treasure and then she barely escapes being shot! She quickly retreats to her own house and assumes the matter is over – WRONG – the gun-wielding American chases her and corners her in her room and by doing so wakes her family – the head of which is Sir Carlton Morley – who happens to know the irate American as Elijah “Eli” Wolfe AKA Midas.
Eli is shocked to discover the thief is Morley’s sister-in-law and even more shocked to learn that he will have to marry her! With no other recourse that will not end in ruin for everyone – Eli agrees to a marriage in name only – after all he is 15 years Ros’ senior and easily twice her size. But Ros isn’t having it – her marriage will be real! Things are actually going very well, that is until Ros learns the truth of why Eli is in London and that her shameful secret could destroy everything and will have them crossing paths with Dorian Blackwell.
WOW – What a great story this was and in true Kerrigan Byrne style – she completely blew my mind! The writing in this long novella/short novel is fabulous, the story is unpredictable and fresh, the characters are relatable and likable, the love scenes are smokin’ hot and the ending is perfect – complete with an epilogue!!! This is the fifth book in the series, but it really could be read as a standalone title with no problems. I absolutely loved this story and happily and strongly recommend this title!
*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.*