In the first of a dazzling new series, USA Today bestselling author Laura Lee Guhrke introduces London's most renowned matchmaker—and a scoundrel intent on seducing his way to the altar.
She's the matchmaker . . .
Lady Belinda Featherstone's job is to guide American heiresses to matrimony, and away from men like Nicholas, Marquess of Trubridge. But the charming, disreputable marquess needs a wealthy bride, and he hires Belinda to help him find one. Her task seems easy: find that scoundrel the sort of wife he so richly deserves. But Nicholas's hot, searing kiss soon proves her task will be anything but easy.
He's the perfect match . . .
Nicholas plans to wed a rich, pretty young darling to restore his fortune, and he's happy to pay a marriage broker to help him. But one taste of Belinda's lips and Nicholas's sensible scheme to marry for money goes awry, and he yearns to show his beautiful matchmaker he's the perfect match . . . for her.
Laura Lee Guhrke
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Guhrke wrote one of my favorite romances of all time, one of the few I've actually bought for my Nook (rather than waiting for a free copy to become available): And Then He Kissed Her, read pre-blog so no review. I haven't followed her writing super closely since then but decided that I'd like to check out this newest because of how pretty the woman's dress is on the cover (what a lovely color!) and because it was about rich Americans coming to London to snag British peers for husbands, which is just a fun storyline.
So our first character here is Lady Belinda Featherstone (awesome last name) who was herself a young rich American who fell head over heels for a British lord only to discover after the marriage was consummated that he only married her for her money. This disillusionment has sustained her in her widowhood, serving as...
There's no question that Laura Lee Ghurke has a way with words. Her books are always a pleasure to read, and this one is no exception. It's just too bad the couple in this story left me with a luke-warm feeling at best.
The heroine was deeply hurt by her first husband: not only did he reject her tender feelings after marrying her for money, but ignored her altogether in favor of his mistresses and then left her destitute upon his death. Rather than become a victim of her circumstances, she came up with a way to amass a fortune of her own and retain her position in society, which would have been admirable if she hadn't turned into a bitter and judgmental prude in the process.
Since attaining his majority, the hero has made all his choices to aggravate his father, the manipulative duke. At thirty, he acts no differently than he had when he was twenty, and the only thing that prompts him to change his lifestyle is his father finding a way to cut him off his trust...
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Back in the days when I was voraciously reading all the historical romance novels I could get my hands on Laura Lee Guhrke was definitely one of my favorite authors. I liked the way she built her characters and situations so they didn't have the artificial feel some historicals seem to consist of. Reading too many books in the same genre led to major burn out for me. Luckily, when I saw this novel being offered something struck a chord and I was ready to read another historical romance. The "matchmaker" storyline is not new for the genre, but the excellent handling of both characters and plot development definitely set this novel apart. And, just to put some luscious icing on the cake, this is only the first in Ms. Guhrke's new American Heiress in London series.
Belinda Featherstone was a very innocent eighteen year old American heiress when she married into the English aristocracy. Her outwardly charming husband wasted no time in telling her she was important to him...
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