Published: August 19th 2020
Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc.
My Rating: 2.5 stars
A woman seeking escape…
Lady Emiline Hawthorne will do anything to avoid an unwanted union—even marry a stranger. To that end, she goes to The Lyon’s Den to enlist Mrs. Bessie Dove-Lyon’s help. There is only one problem; Emiline cannot pay the matchmaking fee.
A man with a broken heart…
Leonard Quinton, 6th Earl of Morton, returned from the war to discover everyone he loved had betrayed him. Now he must beget an heir without risking his heart. He proposes a simple arrangement to the first lady he sees at The Lyon’s Den—The use of her womb in return for his financial support.
Two souls, one heart…
When Emiline finds the old Countess of Morton’s diary, she learns the secrets of Leonard’s past. Secrets even he does not know. Will their revelation lead to happily ever after, or will they destroy the bonds Leonard and Emiline have formed?
Once again, we have a novella that suffers for its length. The plot had potential, but due to the shortness, everything was rushed and lacked the necessary depth to allow us to connect with the characters. The relationship had little growth with much of it happening off-page. I would have loved if the book had been expanded as the premise was great and the sex scenes were scorching hot. Sadly this was a miss for me.
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.