Published: January 31, 2013
“Just tell me why! Why is it that you could break every rule for my brother, but you cannot bend a single one for me?”
Upon the death of his older brother, suddenly Andrew Carrington has everything he never asked for: the title of Earl of Danford, a once-sweet daughter turned rebel, a rakehell younger brother — and the temptation of his late brother’s exquisite widow under his roof. It was scandalous enough when the late earl married the bastard daughter of a duke and his outrageous mistress, but if anyone were to learn the even more shocking secret Miranda Carrington hides, it would hurt everyone she loves, including handsome, take-charge Andrew — the Carrington brother she wishes she had met first…
Tags: Romance, Historical, England
Time Frame: England 1811
Heat Level: 2
REVIEW RATING : 5 stars
REVIEW BY LEE ANNE:
At birth we are dealt a hand of cards by which we use as we live our lives. The cards that are dealt to us are tied to our parents and the circumstances of our birth. We may exchange cards as life goes on in order to improve our chances or make things better. But no matter what, we are always tied to our parents and the circumstances of our birth. That can never change.
For Miranda Henley, that has been evident from the very beginning. She was born on the wrong side of the sheets. Her father is a duke and her mother, his mistress. While the duke and his mistress flaunt the rules of polite society, it is Miranda who bears worst of the gossip. For, she is nothing better than a whore’s daughter. Good for nothing other than a turn in the sheets. Until George, Lord Danforth.
George and Miranda marry. On their wedding day, she meets George’s brother Andrew and feels an instant attraction to him. But she’s married to George now. Miranda soon makes a horrifying discovery about George and finds that while they be married, she will never be his wife.
Andrew goes back to the continent to fight Napoleon. While overseas, he and Miranda develop a friendship through letters. Andrew is called home when George is dying and is forced to take on the roles of his brother. For Andrew is now the Earl of Danforth. The attraction between Andrew and Miranda blooms. Oh! The scandal!
Miranda and Andrew embark on an affair that will break your heart. For as much as they care about each other, they can’t be together. Miranda is his sister-in-law and English law will not allow them to marry. Now Miranda has become no better than her mother. She’s the mistress of a man she cannot marry.
This story will rip you to shreds. It is filled with heartache and misery. English polite society is not really that polite. If you don’t follow all their rules and do things exactly as society deems you should, you get ripped to shreds. Heaven forbid you should be little bit different, or born out of wedlock. Now, you’re just trouble.
I cried the entire time I read this story. My heart broke for Miranda. Through no fault of her own, she’s been shunned, gossiped about and treated little better than trash. While my heart broke for her, I also applauded her. She held her head high and lived her life above reproach. She played by the rules and did what was asked of her. She did it all with a quiet dignity. Until it was too much. Then she lashed back and let them have it. I was cheering for her while at the same time, I was crying for her.
Andrew was the perfect officer and gentleman. He did was he was supposed to do. He lived his life in the service of King and country. Even though it hurt his daughter, he did what was expected. His only fault? Falling in love with his dead brother’s wife. He learned so many lessons from those around him, even those he considered his enemy. It was amazing to watch.
Miranda and Andrew both went through amazing transformations. None of it easy. They grew as people and learned what matters. They did finally get their happily ever after, but I have to admit, I wasn’t sure how it was going to happen.
**At the time of the review, this book was available from Amazon for $5.99**
ABOUT LEE ANNE:
I am a happily married mother of three very busy children. Most of my time is spent chauffeuring my kids to their various activities. I cram reading into any spare moment I have. Some days I can have an hour or two and others I’m sneaking in quick reads while waiting on the kids to finish their soccer or gymnastics practice. I like to read a wide variety of genres but I definitely prefer romance. I can’t really pinpoint a favorite author as it changes on a regular basis. I absolutely love finding new authors and giving their stories a chance to be heard. We all have a voice in our heads writing stories and those voices should be given a chance to be heard.