My rating: 5 of 5 stars
At the end of years of civil war, Prince Sevatian Maksimi’s country is in dire need of stability and he is determined to do his duty and marry a suitably well-bred heiress. Grier Hadley, the illegitimate daughter of one of London’s wealthiest yet most unsavory underworld denizens, has nothing to recommend her except for an enormous dowry. Grier and Sev couldn’t be more wrong for each other, but that fact cannot stop the undeniable passion and desire that spark every time they touch …
This is my first Sophie Jordon book, but it will definitely not be my last. Grier and Sevastian’s love/hate relationship is captivating and the minor suspense plot only enhances their chemistry and romance.
Sevastian starts out as one of the more obnoxious heroes ever to grace the pages of historical romance. That said, as the story progresses and the extent of his attraction and subsequent devotion toward Grier becomes evident, he more than redeems himself and becomes one of my favorite heroes in the genre.
No stranger to social stigma and ostracization, Grier is a strong and resilient heroine who faces the petty cruelties of the ton with dignity and pride. She is well aware that her only asset in the eyes of society is her father’s wealth, but she has a nobility of spirit and a profound sense of self-worth that makes her all the more appealing.
Sev and Grier’s chemistry is sizzling and their sparring is delightful. The story moves along at a rapid pace and the suspense and excitement of the climax and resolution are an added bonus.
In sum, a sensual and steamy romance with well-developed and engaging characters. Looking forward to continuing with the series.