#4 The Duchess Society Series
Published: 19 Jan 2023
Publisher: WOLF Publishing
Length: 240 Pages
My Rating: 2.5 stars
A scarred earl with a big heart—and a big problem.
Since his return from war, the Earl of Stanford’s life has been anything but simple. A meddling older brother, a raucous group of friends, a crumbling estate, and an injury that forever changed him. Now this. Her. His brother’s bright idea of a way out. The most infamous landscape architect in England arriving on his doorstep to restore his ruined gardens and his ruined heart. Only, Ollie Aspinwall isn’t falling for this sibling ploy.
He’s content to hide in the country, a brooding, stargazing, lost soul.
A gorgeous hellion with wild dreams—and a wild challenge.
Necessity Byrne has heard the rumors about the Scarred Earl. A walking scandal, she’s used to flouting convention and shocking society, so the offer to assist a reclusive peer with beautification of his estate is a project she’d consider. Except for the ripple of awareness that dances along her skin every time she recalls meeting the handsome, steely eyed rake years ago. A dilemma she doesn’t care to solve—even if she wants the job.
However, she’s a woman determined to take every dare offered her.
So, they agree to disagree for the sake of the earldom’s gardens, all the while battling a breathless, rampant attraction—until Ollie decides he wants to keep her. Can he persuade his feisty, adorable gardener to accept a besotted, broken-down earl with dreams of a family and love?
This book just wasn’t for me, while the writing is good and the characters well developed, I just wasn’t a fan. I felt there was too much emphasis on past lovers that was just annoying to me. I just wasn’t interested in the characters and their story. There is plenty of heat and sex scenes but it felt like that was all their was between the two at times.
I’m sure this will appeal to many historical romance fans but it fell flat for me.
I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.