Published: December 31st 2019
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Miss Katherine Danvers has always been a wallflower. But now, with her family on the brink of financial ruin, she finds herself a desperate wallflower. To save her family, she’ll do anything. Luckily, she has the perfect plan…
She’ll impress the ton by simply announcing she is engaged to the reclusive and mysterious Duke of Thornton, Alexander Masters, and secure strong matches for her sisters. No one has heard from the duke in years. Surely he’ll never find out before her sisters’ weddings, and she can go back to her own quiet life.
Soon, though, everything is out of control. At first, it’s just a few new ball gowns on the duke’s accounts. Then, it’s interviews with reporters eager for gossip. Before she knows it, Katherine has transformed herself into Kitty Danvers, charming and clever belle of the ton—with everyone eager to meet her thankfully absent fiancé.
But when the enigmatic Alexander Masters suddenly arrives in the city, dashing and oh so angry, he demands retribution. Except not in the way Katherine expected…
Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite tropes in romance. I can’t resist when I find a book that centres on this theme. This book takes that theme and creates a story all of its own. Our hero has many limitations, not least of which is his inability for physical relations. Alex has given up on even looking for love because his many medical advisers telling him he is impotent. While he can be harsh at times, the reader knows exactly why he acts that way. he is a hero you root for
Kitty is desperate and resourceful. Her motivation is always her family, and she isn’t afraid to ruin her own reputation if it means her family are well cared for. She sees beyond Alex’s limitations and has every intention of paying him back for all his help.
I highly recommend Ms Reid’s works to any historical romance fans. She creates rich imaginative characters, and I am eagerly awaiting the next in this new and exciting series.
I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
*Blurb and cover image via Goodreads.