Lady Henrietta Prince is far too busy for romance. She's dedicated her life to turning her family vineyards into a profitable sparkling wine venture. But when she shares a thrilling kiss at midnight with a handsome stranger, she's captivated...until he claims to be the distant heir to her father's dukedom.
Ash Ellis is a gambler who lives life on the edge. Now he's locked his sights on a glittering prize and nothing will stand in his way.
When Henrietta is forced to marry the wicked rogue to keep her beloved vineyards, she vows that Ash will never have her trust, or her love. Even if his kisses are more intoxicating than the finest champagne.
His new bride is certainly beautiful, but biddable? Not so much. Ash will settle for nothing less than Henrietta's total surrender...but is he the one in danger of losing his heart?
Lenora Bell continues to delight with her fresh storylines, intriguing characters, witty banter, and feel-good happy endings. As with the first book in this series, The Devil's Own Duke reeled me in and kept me on the line from beginning to end.
I loved the journey Ash and Hetty traveled in this story. They both turned out to have unexpected layers, Ash in particular. He was such a complex character, jaded and bent on revenge, but with a soft, noble center and social conscience rarely revealed. I really enjoyed his evolution as he and Hetty gradually became more emotionally involved; how he finally opened himself up to the possibilities of love and happiness. By the end of the book, he had transformed into one of my favorite Bell heroes.
Hetty had my respect and admiration for everything she had done - and continued to do - to manage and protect her father's estate and her mother's vineyards, to fight for respect as a vintner, and for recognition of her sparkling wines in a man's world. She wasn't without flaws either but I enjoyed how she met every obstacle head on, especially the sizzling chemistry between her and her "marriage of convenience" husband. These two only had to get out of their own way to realize how good they could be together. Bell guided them over shaky ground, and through life-threatening obstacles, with a deft hand until they finally reached a happily ever after filled with laughter, love, forgiveness, and acceptance that had me sighing with delight. Now if we could just get a story for Ash's best friend and business partner, Jax. I'm not above begging. ;-)
Do you enjoy sparkling wine?
Speaking of sparkling, have you read Lenora Bell's books yet?
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