3 1/2 star review
Growing up on an estate of her grandmother’s protector, the Marquees of Lendale, was not always easy for Lia Kincaid, especially being an illegitimate daughter herself. She gets enjoyment through helping on the estate but mostly through the friendship she cultivated with Jack Easton, who now is the new Marquees. Lia has loved Jack for years but only can envision her future with him as his mistress since he must marry well too save the estate she was raised on.
Jack has desired Lia for as long as he can remember but a new title means new responsibilities. He should marry for money but he desires Lia too much to rush find a wealthy bride. When Lia suggests he becomes her protector he feels honor bound to say no, but at the same time, too tempted to outright resist.
This is an enjoyable read for those who like the friendship to lovers motif, as I do. Vanessa Kelly does a good job of showing both the deep connection between Jack and Lia and the life struggles that keep them apart. It did feel rushed toward the end and Lia’ s desire to travel to see her brother seemed to come out of nowhere and was forgotten just as quickly but overall a good story.
3 1/2 star rating
A young couple Niall Lindsey, the Earl of Margrave, and Brilliana Trevor are separated when Niall leaves England after fighting a duel. He feels he cannot tell Bree his reasons and the result is years of separation and misunderstandings that also include Bree marrying to save her family. After his pardon, he returns to England and is blackmailed by the government into working with Bree to help catch a counterfeiter who just may be Bree’s father. By working together they slowly uncover the lies that tore them apart but trust is still hard to regain.
Sabrina Jeffries always does a wonderful job at quickly setting up the background of the story and allowing adequate time for the romance between the characters. It never feels that there are gaps in the story. Niall and Bree were a young couple who needed time to mature and grow before they were ready for a lasting relationship. Once this occurred they were a perfect match.