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This was such an engaging story! I loved the two main characters from the start, and there were a few twists and turns in the story that kept me guessing. I stayed up late into the night to finish and don't regret it one bit!
Iain Donovan, the Earl of Ashton, looks more like a common beggar. After being robbed and knocked unconscious, he has made his way to his destination on foot - the home of his mother's childhood friend and that of her daughter, Lady Rose Thornton. Rose has been unable to walk after being ill for many months, and when she sees Iain half-clothed in her garden, she is worried. But Iain quickly charms her, and once his identity is confirmed, they begin to form an attachment. Iain's Irish estate desperately needs a wealthy heiress, and Iain isn't sure that Rose can, or should have to, withstand the harsh reality of Ireland. As they fall in love, they must decide if love can truly overcome anything.
Iain was quite the charmer! With Rose being unable to walk, Iain frequently has swoon-worthy moments of carrying her, supporting her on his feet so she can dance, and rescuing her from a few moments of either danger of embarrassment. Iain was her hero, and I think he becomes the reader's as well. Rose was a sweet character, who stood up for herself and what she wanted, and I loved seeing her strength develop as her relationship with Iain grew.
I am very excited to read more of this author's work! The next book, focusing on Rose's sister, Lily, is sure to be equally as thrilling. I can't wait!
**I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**