Temptation Has Green Eyes
Book 2, Emperors of London
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She holds the key to more than a fortune…
There’s more to love than meets the eye…
The daughter of a wealthy merchant, Sophia Russell has no interest in marriage, especially after a recent humiliation—and especially not to Maximilian, Marquess of Devereaux. But it’s the only way to save herself from fortune hunters—and those who wish to seize a powerful connection she prefers to keep secret—even from her future husband…
Marrying Sophia is the only way Max can regain the wealth his father squandered on an extravagant country palace. And while Max and his bride are civil, theirs is clearly a marriage of convenience—until a family enemy takes a questionable interest in Sophia—one that may lead all the way to the throne. Forced to become allies in a battle they hadn’t foreseen, the newlyweds soon grow closer—and discover a love, and a passion, they never expected…
“Lynne Connolly writes Georgian romances with a deft touch. Her characters amuse, entertain and reach into your heart. This book is a Must Read.” --Desiree Holt
“Romantic and entertaining…plenty of erotic passion for good measure. This romance is well worth reading.”—Library Journal
lovely to see them bond as a couple, and move to a real relationship where their caring and connecti
A Georgian-era romance, Lynne Connolly has used the conventions and flavor of the time to enhance and enrich this story of a couple in a marriage of expectations, if not initial desire.
Max is the Marquess of Devereaux, and has spent several years restoring the family coffers and fortunes after his father’s mismanagement. Various business investments have replenished his options, and while he is still working to reestablish the country estate to its former grandeur and profitability, a business partner arrives with another promising investment. But this one has strings, the wealthy merchant Russell has aspirations for his marriageable daughter Sophia. If Max were to marry Sophia, Russell will disclose the details of a promising investment and the Marquess will have the needed wife and further coin.
Sophia is unlike the women of her age, in fact, far more modern in attitude than her soon to arrive Regency and Victorian era sisters in romance. She is enraged and unwilling to be ‘shuttled off’ to a man of her father’s choosing, marriage is not something she had decided on, and if she did, she expected to choose her own man. Still recovering from a massive slight, she isn’t interested and while she will be ‘civil’ she won’t engage in flirtation or allow her feelings to be involved.
These two are so well-matched that Russell’s nudge to the altar is prescient, even if his purpose was to strengthen his ties to society. While Russell misses the worst of the snubs and dismissals (he’s a man- they think differently) poor Sophia is faced with cold shoulders and haughty attitudes, adding to her own unhappiness in an unwanted marriage and the still-raw stings from her former suitor. While Max tries to incorporate her into society, he too is mostly unaware of the treatment of his wife, but is heartened by the growth in their relationship toward a tentative friendship.
The two are starting to find a connection, and perhaps even contemplate their growing affections that are hidden behind their remove, but when Sophia is threatened in a move that will damage not only her reputation but that of Max, she decides to reach out. And we are off on a wonderful ride as the tentative friendship turns to romance and a connection that both wanted but never dared ask for. The progression of their relationship with the slow burn from the attraction that has built from the start. While completely honest in the portrayal of the attitudes of society and the social conventions, the inset of ‘expected’ to the actualities of both Max and Sophia’s behaviors as their connection changed and grew throughout the story. It was lovely to see them bond as a couple, and move to a real relationship where their caring and connection felt as real as portrayed.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.