The spirited Catherine Malboeuf has just arrived in England to reclaim her ancestral home, Walsley Manor, and a valuable missing heirloom. Nicholas Adair, the attractive and frustratingly inflexible Duke of Boulstridge, however, is quite unwilling to sell the estate back to Catherine. Unless, of course, she accepts a small wager...
Nick will sell Walsley Manor if—and only if—Catherine secures an offer of marriage from an eligible member of the ton before the end of the London season.
Of course, Nick is certain he'll win. After all, no proper gentleman would ever marry a woman who conceals a cutlass in her skirts. Yet something about Catherine's unconventional disposition seems to ignite a need deep inside him. A need that won't just cost him the wager, but the very heart he swore to never give away...
This is the first book where the review will be published first in English and then in Portuguese. This is because the ebook was sent to me for reading and subsequent publication of opinion directly by Entangled, since the book will be released by the 8th of December.
Let's talk about the book? Let's go!
First of all, I have to say that "I liked it a lot" is an understatement. The characters, the plot, locations, descriptions and the fact that it is a period of romance only helped that I liked it so much. While I was reading, I was discovering many similarities with another writer that I love: Julia Quinn. I do not know if I'm right or not, but what is certain is that the kind of writing that this author, Ally, adopted grabbed me from the first sentence in the Prologue.
The characters? They are funny, smart, sensitive and very intense. Catherine is the main character as well as the Duke of Boulstridge, Nick. These are the two that make up the romantic couple and they are the main reason that I have enjoyed this *delicious*story so much. Catherine has English origins and since childhood always dreamed of returning to London and meet Wasley Mannor, the mansion that once belonged to her mother’s family. However, the walls of Wasley Mannor hide a treasure - A tiara that was given to her maternal great-grandmother. The point is that no one knows where it was hidden. However, Wasley Mannor no longer belongs to the family of his mother, but to Nick, the taciturn and mysterious Duke of Boulstridge. As usual, he is an attractive and charismatic man and did not take long until Catherine realized that she felt something for him, even if only by the butterflies she felt every time she saw him.
Between an invasion of his library made by Catherine on the first day she arrived to England and the appearance of a bet between them, a lot will happen. Abduction attempts, robberies and assaults will be waiting for Catherine. The tiara she so demands, is also sought after by someone else who can until the end remain in the dark.
I loved the climate of seduction always present at each meeting the two of them had, although they do not could withstand at first, even more because Catherine was the daughter of a supposed pirate.
The successive balls where Catherine went and danced with the Duke? OMG! It must be every woman’s dream. I love balls, the court scenarios and that surroundings and traditions of the ducal times.
I could be here all day talking about the history and characters and everything else that is part of this book, but would unravel too much and I do not want to be accused of spoiler! :D
When the book comes out to the market and you have the opportunity to acquire it, do not hesitate! You will have a very pleasant surprise, as I also had!