Release Date: Apr 17, 2018
Series: The Spinster Heiresses
Heat Level: Warm
Imprint: Avon Books
I hate waiting. It drives my crazy when I have to wait months and months or even years before the next book in a series is made available. I did a little happy dance when I finished the first book in this series – If Ever I Should Love You – back in December and discovered that this one would be released only a few short months later. Got a copy in my hot little hands as soon as possible and binged on it during a crazy ice storm in April (really Canada? Really?) and finished it in one sitting. Being the second in the series, I would recommend reading the first book as it really adds to the character history and sets the tone for this next addition. But, this story has enough chops to stand on its own and can be picked up without any prior introduction to Ms. Maxwell’s wonderful characters.
Cassandra Howell must have the Duke of Camberly. He is her destiny, or so she thinks. To her, he is the perfect man to inherit her sizable fortune… she just has to convince him that they are meant to be. But Soren York, Earl of Dewsberry (her family’s enemy and her nemesis) just won’t leave her alone. He seems to pop up everywhere and keeps ruining her plans to make the Duke her own. Soren York has had a tendre for the tall, beautiful heiress since they were children. He needs her money and she needs a husband, which suits him just perfectly. Except her father would never allow their marriage and Soren must figure out how to make his plans come to fruition while keeping his secrets and his heart safe.
I love it when characters have a messy history and Soren and Cass have a laundry list of reasons to dislike each other and a handful of secrets that could destroy any chance they have at a happy ending. Once again, I like that Ms. Maxwell has framed her heroine in such a way where she is not some prim, perfect debutante with a squeaky-clean life. Cassandra has her flaws and I think that helps the reader feel closer to her, even if it takes a bit of time to warm to her. At times I found her to be a bit frustrating but that fades as the story progresses.
Soren easily endeared himself to me and I enjoyed his character immensely. However, there are a few of his “secrets” that bothered me a little including the fact that he had a previous relationship with a woman he loved. I don’t mind when a character has been married before but the circumstances of his marriage are very different than anything I have read in this genre before and I am not too sure how I feel about it. It took away from the power of the love story between him and Cassandra just a little bit for me and that was really my only disappointment in this book.
Overall, a good read and worth picking up. If you are a fan of complicated characters who are not textbook-perfect, fairy-tale hero’s than this is a great story for you as was the first book in the series. Looking forward to the last of our Spinster Heiress’s story coming soon… I hope.