Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Forever
As a captain in the army, Colin MacHugh led men, fixed what was broken, and fought hard. Now that he’s a titled gentleman, he’s still fighting-this time to keep his bachelorhood safe from all the marriage-minded debutantes. Then he meets the intriguing Miss Anwen Windham, whose demure nature masks a bonfire waiting to roar to life. When she asks for his help to raise money for the local orphanage, he’s happy to oblige.
Anwen is amazed at how quickly Lord Colin takes in hand a pack of rambunctious orphan boys. Amazed at how he actually listens to her ideas. Amazed at the thrill she gets from the rumble of his Scottish burr and the heat of his touch. But not everyone enjoys the success of an upstart. And Colin has enemies who will stop at nothing to ruin him and anybody he holds dear.
Rating : 4 out of 5 Stars
Colin MacHugh is a recently titled Scottish lord, and is new to polite London society. The way wealth and title affected the social status in Georgian England is illustrated by Colin’s situation. He is learning about the intricate rules that govern aristocratic circles, witnessing the stream of petty intrigues and betrayals. High society’s expectations are confusing him and he is snubbed. He has accepted to endure a London Season for the sake of his two unmarried sisters. Unfortunately, his candid personality and his inexperience are not helping him and he is an easy prey to swindlers and manipulators.
Anwen Windham is Colin’s sister-in-law. Her older sister Megan recently married Colin’s brother, Hamish, Duke of Murdoch. Anwen knows she is privileged, but she is frustrated by the shallow role of young women in high society. She wants more out of life. She is kind, compassionate and enjoys her role as benefactor of the House of Urchins, a small orphanage for boys. She wants this institution to thrive, but, due to a shortage of funds, it might close his doors.
Anwen is a wonderful character, generous, lively and yet so bored by the London Season. Colin loves her fierceness to defend the orphans. This great heroine is the backbone of the story, she is able to stand up to anyone when the going gets tough. I loved that Anwen has the strength and self-assurance to deal with every surprise that arises.
Colin is a businessman and manages several profitable distilleries. At first, he is inclined to help Anwen with the orphanage simply because it’s important to her. Their common goal brings them together, they join forces against those who are a threat to the orphanage and the future of the orphans. Colin wants to take the boys in hand, give them a purpose and a job they can take pride in, and assist them to find the right path in life. But the villain of this story force Colin and Anwen to make difficult decisions.
This book is well written, strongly characterized and contains a beautifully developed romance between two people who, at first, seem to have nothing in common, but quickly become a match made in heaven. The connection between them was undeniable, the romantic and sexual tension between these two realistically flawed characters leaped off the pages. Their friendship slowly blossoms into love. This book is the second one in the author’s Windham Brides series, but it works perfectly well as a standalone.
An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher, via NetGalley.