HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!
The Earl's Defiant Wallflower
by Erica Ridley
Publication Date: December 1, 2014
Oliver York returns from war to find his father dead, his finances in arrears, and himself the new Earl of Carlisle. If he doesn't marry an heiress—and fast!—he and his tenants are going to be pitching tents down by the Thames. He definitely shouldn't be trading kisses with a penniless debutante... no matter how captivating she is!
Miss Grace Halton is in England just long enough to satisfy the terms of her dowry. But a marriage of convenience isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. Back in America, her ailing mother needs medicine only Grace’s dowry can afford. Which means the dashing earl she can't get out of her mind is the one man she can't let into her heart.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, The Viscount's Christmas Temptation. There was a teaser chapter at the end for this one, and I was immediately drawn in.
Oliver has a title that he never wanted. What he doesn't have is the money to keep the home fires burning. He is incredibly worried about the people that depend upon him. He's really not ready to marry, but he has to find a bride with plenty of money. He's also a rescuer. He tries to take care of his servants, his friends...and that gorgeous wallflower at the ball. When a nasty male gossip makes disparaging remarks about her, he wades in and dances with her. Thereby bringing her to the attention of the male members of the ton. He wanted her safe, but not sought after!
For her part, Grace needs a marriage of convenience. She wants an inattentive husband who won't care if she takes her dowry and scarpers off to save her mother in America. When Oliver dances with her, she's incredibly drawn to him. But he's not the husband she needs, even though she wants him.
These two...they dance around each other, both knowing that to be together could possibly bring them great joy, but knowing that neither of them can allow it.
Unfortunately, or is it fortunately, they are caught in a compromising situation. They have to get married. But it still won't satisfy either of their needs. Ah, but it was fun!
I enjoyed the two of them very much. Her grandparents? Not so much. I also felt the ending, where there is a reunion, to be odd. It felt rushed and rather OOC for some of the players.
Still, I enjoyed Oliver and Grace very much. I now need the next one in the series, The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress, very soon! It comes out March 2, 2015.