Gabriel, Lord Sherington, was a man who understood women perfectly. He knew women waited only until the knot was tied to start changing their husbands. Having sworn never to let anyone change him, he recognized in Verity Jolliffe the perfect wife to provide him with an heir. Now all he had to do was make her fall in love with him. What could be easier?
First published: 1993
Ok, I absolutely love this book. I adore Gabriel, and his attempts to make Verity fall in love with him and I love how Verity just gets on with her life with absolutely no clue as to why he’s being so nice to her.
Most of the humour in this book comes from seeing how Gabriel attempts to woo Verity into loving him and watching as he fights against the inevitable (to us) submission to love and its power rather than from the conversation between the two characters. This is unusual for a Regency Romance but I felt it worked quite well here.
The story flowed well too showing the emotional journey of both characters in a very believable manner. No crazy antics by the heroine here, just a solid life as a poor relation trying to live her life as best as possible. And speaking of her time as a poor relation, normally I absolutely hate the ‘evil sister/cousin‘ trope that is sadly so prevalent in Regency Romance books but in this case it made sense and I was actually quite interested in reading how Verity handled it.
There’s a few cringe-worthy moments with how dramatic Verity is about her love for Gabriel and his disdain for all women but somehow Ms Dolan managed to make me keep on reading anyway when normally I’d be putting the book down immediately as a DNF. Even the cliché of how Verity is ‘not like other women’ became less of ‘wow she’s so perfect’ and more ‘his love for her is making her seem unique and special’.
See, I told you I loved this book!
And in the end?
Ultimately though I guess you want to know – did I feel the HEA was right? Was I left with a warm and fuzzy feeling or wishing I could get my money back?
Yes I did feel the HEA was right. I was definitely left with a warm and fuzzy feeling – the wedding scene is just gorgeous – and the final sentence of the book was just perfect.
No seeking a refund here! In fact I’ll be actively seeking out some more of Ms Dolan’s books in the hopes I find another keeper like this one.