Published: August 26th 2021
Length: 308 pages
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
A spinster. A prizefighter. A marriage of convenience. This bout can’t end well.
Plain, prim, and beyond marriageable age, Dorothea Hart is resigned to the life of a spinster aunt. But she yearns for a family of her own, and is hopelessly attracted to the ‘Mighty Oak’—a prizefighter renowned for his prowess—who stirs previously unknown passions in her.
Widower Griffin Oake made his fortune in the ring—but he can’t buy respectability, or a footing in society for his daughter. After a disastrous first marriage, he has no wish to wed again, but is looking to employ a genteel woman to chaperone the rebellious teenager—preferably the plainest, dullest woman in London.
When Dorothea is publicly compromised, she’s pushed into a marriage of convenience with the object of her infatuation. Exiled to the country, with a husband who avoids her, and a stepdaughter determined to defy her, Dorothea’s dream of a loving family seems further away than ever… and she begins to suspect that Griffin’s first wife’s death was not an accident
I love it when historical romances move away from typical lord and lady romance. Griffin has made something of himself and Thea is the woman he needs in his life. I wish he had been more open with her about his previous marriage. It would have better prepared her.
I absolutely hated Thea’s family. They are the subject of the previous books in the series and I haven’t read the early instalments. Thea’s family used her and her brother was very high handed. He dismissed Griffin even though he and his family were not born to wealth either. She deserved far better and I’m glad she got her happy ever after.
This was an entertaining read. It had it’s flaws but at it’s heart was a couple I couldn’t help but root for.
I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.