5 out of 5 Stars
Corie Easton is not interested in love after seeing her father fall apart when he lost her mother. Her only interest lies in helping those in need in her parish. Lord Donovan Trent doesn’t believe in marriage and wants no part in it. But his father’s will stipulates he must marry a good country girl in order to gain his inheritance—an inheritance he needs in order to continue the search for his daughter. Donovan makes Corie a proposition she can’t refuse: marry him for a few weeks and he’ll make life much better for the tinners in her parish, and they can annul the marriage once he receives his inheritance.
Although Corie agrees to the proposal, her temper has her butting heads with Donovan at every turn. She assumes the worst in him—and why shouldn’t she, since he never denies any of her accusations? Despite their heated arguments and both having their own agendas, each develops feelings for the other over the course of many events leading up to the kidnap of Corie’s sisters.
Historical romance is not my favorite genre, but I’m so glad I picked this one up. It had me on the edge of my seat throughout most of the book. Corie is strong-willed and has quite a temper; some would even say she’s pig-headed. I can see how some readers wouldn’t like her as a heroine. But her history was nicely woven into the plot, giving a good understanding of what she’s been through in her life and how underneath it all, her heart is big.
Donovan is also a very strong character, but he too has a heart of gold. Even when Corie denies it, the reader can see his wonderful traits, and little by little he breaks down Corie’s walls.
The writing in this story is wonderful, keeping the reader in the time period throughout. I love reading about the little things, like Corie’s embarrassment over having to ask where the water closet is.
There were minor formatting issues in this book, but nothing that drew me away from the story.
This is the second book I’ve read by Miriam Minger (you can read my review of Wild Angel here), and I would definitely read more of her work.