After spending three London seasons searching for a husband, Daisy Bowman's father has told her in no uncertain terms that she must find a husband. Now. And if Daisy can't snare an appropriate suitor, she will marry the man he chooses—the ruthless and aloof Matthew Swift.
Daisy is horrified. A Bowman never admits defeat, and she decides to do whatever it takes to marry someone . . . anyone . . . other than Matthew. But she doesn't count on Matthew's unexpected charm . . . or the blazing sensuality that soon flares beyond both their control. And Daisy discovers that the man she has always hated just might turn out to be the man of her dreams.
But right at the moment of sweet surrender, a scandalous secret is uncovered . . . one that could destroy both Matthew and a love more passionate and irresistible than Daisy's wildest fantasies.
I feel kind of bad for Daisy. Not because of what happens to her in the storyline, but more of what doesn't. Don't get me wrong, this is a good story, and for any other author it would be exceptional. But Kleypas has spoiled me by introducing characters throughout, allowing me to get to know the men before they become one of the wallflower's love interest. In the first book, Annabelle and Simon are on the page one of the first book. We get it. It's set up well. Book two, we've already gotten to know both Lillian and Westcliff, which makes the story that much hotter. And don't even get me started on Evie and St. Vincent. Wowza!
But then we meet Matthew, who has been in America for the entire series. And Daisy's been in the back corner for three books now. Sure, we got to know her a little in book 2, but she was practically a shadow of a character in 3. So when it's her time to shine, we don't know her as well as the others. I will admit Matthew is a great character, I just wish I would have gotten to see him before book 4.
All that being said, Kleypas does it again with her wonderful complex characters. I love the way Daisy and Matthew play off each other, and, of course, the twist at the end is something I wasn't expecting!
Overall, great writing, great story, great read. I give this one 4 stars!
Posted by: Chi
Posted by: Chi