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What a charming book of a reformed rake and the woman who stole his heart! It was a quick read that drew me in quickly and left me with a smile on my face by the end of the story. I love bad boy redemption stories, and this one, while a bit predictable, was nonetheless highly enjoyable. This will be the second book I have read by this author, and she has yet to fail in delighting me with her storytelling.
Miss Valentine March is horrified to learn that her new position as companion to Lady Brightwell has led to her attendance at a notoriously wicked house part. After her employer's daughter destroys precious papers by her late father, she runs outside and finds herself becoming acquainted with a charming yet flirtatious gentleman who introduces himself as Mr. Sinclair. However, he is quickly unmasked and turns out to be Tristan Sinclair, Viscount St. Ashton, a man well known for his exploits and general rakish proclivities. But all is not as it seems, and when Tristan is given an ultimatum by his father, he finds that he is tired of living his life the way he has been for years. His feelings for Valentine are strong, and he is determined to prove to her that his days as a wastrel are over, that his love for her is true.
I enjoyed both Valentine and Tristan, and their interactions were genuine in every scene. I felt like I was reading of someone's real life, as the issues they dealt with were so real and not glossed over just to make the story have a happily ever after. In fact, they are separated for part of the story, and I could practically feel Valentine's worry pouring off the pages. Tristan was an interesting sort, as he actually learned a great deal in a short amount of time. He spent so much time believing his father cared little for him, but in the end, he realized that his father cared much more than he ever let on. It was such a journey for both of them, and I enjoyed reading it every step of the way.
Great book, once again, by Mimi Matthews! I can't wait to see what she writes next.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**