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Lord Fenton is a gambler and a dandy, and he will be stripped of his wealth and position unless he rises to his responsibility - one of which is to marry. Far from being a giddy groom, Fenton chooses the unobjectionable Alice Stanbridge simply because he knew her as a young girl, and his mother feels Alice would make a good wife. Alice, however, has harbored feelings for Fenton since their first meeting years ago, and his proposal is a dream come true. Not only will a match with the most eligible bachelor in London secure her future, but it will also give her a place of distinction and admiration. Had anyone admired Alice for anything before now?

When Alice learns that she is not only an unwanted wife but a demanded one, however, she closes her heart. Only when Lord Fenton faces the greatest trial of his life does he begin to find love beyond the folly. Could a great love come from a beginning such as this?

©2015 Josi S. Kilpack (P)2015 Josi S. Kilpack

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A wonderful depth to the characters

Starts like many other (good and enjoyable) regency romances, but ends heads and shoulders above them. I rarely laugh out loud or cry during stories, but I did both during this one.

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Jerks Are Not Romantic

The many glowing reviews of this particular one baffle me. I do not get it at all.

There is a rather disturbing trope in romance novels that this one falls prey to, and that is the "Selfish Jerk of a Man is Reformed by Patient Lady Who Takes Blame Upon Herself and Changes Him by Patient Example."

This is not a romantic story. It is a horrifyingly tragic one. Lord Fenton is a man in a position of extraordinary power tricking a wife into marriage through falsehood and then treating her like dirt on his boots until one day he realizes he needs her. Throughout the novel, the heroine responds in very typical and normal, human ways. She has been isolated from all friends and family, left alone with no one to care whether she lives or dies (except for her mother-in-law, a weak woman who the reader is informed chooses to see only the good in her son), denied any possibility of children or companionship from her marriage, and then cruelly taunted over and over again. That's not a romance novel. That's a textbook example of abuse.

Oh! And I forgot. He's also an unrepentant alcoholic. Makes the whole thing even more romantic, don't you think?

The reader is invited to believe (alongside the heroine who berates herself from time to time in the story) that the wife has some share in the "blame" because she did not treat him sweetly and pretend to adore him with respectful and demure submission after being informed her marriage was a lie of convenience and thereafter being subjected to rejection, humiliation, and repeated displays of contempt from her husband. This is frankly bovine excrement of a dangerous and particularly smelly sort. Contrary to the popular adage, it does not always "take two" to ruin a marriage. In many, many cases, just one partner being a selfish jerk is quite well enough to destroy any hope for felicity, and the wife in this story is utterly blameless. Full stop.

Women who feel natural anger at having been lied to and roped into a loveless marriage without their consent are under no obligation to tell the man who perpetrated such a crime against them that he's a good boy and act like it's all just fine. Honestly, I was angry every time the heroine of this novel sits to chide herself for her "disrespectful" or "childish" behavior. Being a human of flesh with feelings is neither disrespectful nor childish.

Nope. I'm sick of this trope. There's nothing romantic about it and what Lord Fenton needed was to be taken out to the pasture by an older, wiser man and punched soundly in the nose, subjected to a lengthy discourse on his manifold faults, and given instruction on how to take his precious and privileged backside back to the house to behave like an adult.

By the end--and "by the end" I mean the final two pages or so of the story--when Lord Fenton finally decides to go to his wife with something akin to affection, I hated him so thoroughly that my eyes actually rolled when he said he loved his wife.

But if you find this sort of thing romantic...by all means.

The writing is quite good and the narration is excellent.

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Such a great book!

My favorite I have read by Josi Kilpack. Fantastic character development and a story that drew me in!

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Clean regency romance with a lot of tension

This book falls into one of my favorite escape the stress in life genres. I do think this novel lived up to the characteristics we expect to see in the genre, and used good character development. I think the reason I am not loving it, is because the Book was mostly tense for a good 70% of the book. It’s not to say there was anything wrong with the story or the characters or anything, it just wasn’t quite what I was looking for. I feel like the author put a lot of effort into demonstrating The problem between the two main characters, but then the part of the story where they “come around“ seem to move rather quickly. I wanted to spend more time there and less time in the quarrelsome part of their relationship.

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Loved it

I’m actually writing a review because this book was awesome. I wish it had two more chapters or so. I’d read it in a heartbeat. Fan fiction anyone?

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Love this author. .narrator does a great job!

favorite book of jets, fantastic writer and loved the narration. I would love a sequel to this one.

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Similar to Downton Abbey, a must read!

I laughed, I cried, I was angry, and I'm sorry it came to an end. Great book!

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Such a great escape!

I just loved the simple, clean romantic story. I have listened to it twice and still want to hear it again. The story was so compelling to me and I felt the emotion of the characters so well. I enjoyed the perfect amount of drama. The narrator did well in changing voices for the characters. It was even good for listening to before bed. I fell asleep lulled but the beautiful romantic story of two people destined to love one another. Sigh... I’m such a sap.

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Excellent story

Original story between husband and wife and family secrets . I enjoyed the story, my first by this author.

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Good story

it was a very good story, but I was disappointed that the marriage was never consummated. didn't have to have a sex scene. I just thought they came through so much and he told her he loved her but he still didn't consummate the marriage and she's left with it'll be okay because he probably will someday.j

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