We're almost at the end of the year, and I was not expecting to add to my Favorite Books of 2019 list at this point. However, after reading this book, I was literally in tears. While reading, I laughed, I cried in sadness and in happiness, and my heart lightened with the experience of a romance between someone who is able-bodied and someone who is not. Often in romance, the person in the book who is scarred, injured, etc. will have their imperfections overlooked and the reader quickly forgets that they're different at all. Which, in all honesty, can take away from the message that love is truly for all people. Stacy Reid created a romance that was truly magical and a perfect way to end the year. The hero is tragically injured, has been dealing with that injury for ten years, and you never forget it over the course of the story. It is a main driver of the plot, and it's done in a way that you can feel empathy with him and with the heroine who loves him. Fantastic, beautiful, a must-read for the decade, in my humble opinion.
At 23 years old, Kitty Danvers is almost firmly on the shelf. After seasons of men ignoring her and her friends, they have decided to rebel against the society who has rejected them. Kitty's rebellion centers around making good matches for her sisters, and in order to do that, she must make a good match for herself, even if it is completely fabricated. No one has seen or heard from the Duke of Thornton for almost a decade, ever since he was injured in a fire that killed his parents and left his younger sister in his care. When he hears of his "fiance" while hiding away in Scotland, he finds himself intrigued and amused. Deciding to make the journey to London to meet this fascinating woman, he finds someone who is wholly unique and just might be his perfect match. If only marriage was in his future, which it most decidedly is not...right?
There are truly not enough words to explain to you how much I loved this book. I have read Stacy Reid's books before, and I have always loved them. But Kitty and Alexander are truly the most perfect match in the history of matches. Kitty was a gem that hadn't yet been discovered yet, and when she began to shine for Alexander, he realized what a truly wonderful person she was, which made it all the more difficult to resist her. You see, Alexander was injured in the fire in such a way that not only hindered his ability to move but also his ability to reproduce. This made his future bleak, and he felt that no lady deserves to be saddled with such a man. Kitty, however, being the darling and generous person she was, broke down barrier after barrier with Alexander. She refused to accept his bark as anything more than a defense mechanism, and she wanted him to know how much she loved him. What began as purely a sensual experience became a fight for their love, and it was amazing.
Just go read this book and when you have finished it, crying your eyes out and smiling at the world, thank Stacy Reid for creating this book. Start 2020 in the right way, with the right book and the right outlook on love.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**