When Eva de Courtney kidnaps Godric Fleming, her only plan is to stop the irritating earl from persecuting her beloved brother. But once she has the intriguing rogue in the confines of her carriage, she longs to taste the passion she senses simmering beneath his rugged exterior. Her forbidden plan is foiled, however, when Godric turns the tables, taking her hostage instead—and demanding they marry at once…
The last thing Godric wants to do is make the fiery, impulsive Eva his wife, despite her delectable mouth and alluring innocence. He knows from experience that nothing is forever, not even love. But honor demands he do right by the lady, no matter how stubbornly Eva tries to hold on to her independence. And while the road to the Scottish border is beset with danger, Godric’s greatest challenge is to keep his hands—and his heart—from his captivating bride-to-be…
Source: NetGalley and Kensingtion Rating: 4½/5 stars
Eva de Courtney has gotten herself to a heap of trouble in the past, but her current situation might be the crowning glory of her young life. With every intention of saving her brother and new sister-in-law from a true fiend, Eva kidnaps a high-ranking member of society with no real thought to the consequences of her actions.
Eva de Courtney has long known she isn’t truly cut out for the life she leads. She’s beautiful beyond compare, she’s titled, and she’s wealthy, but she’s also the daughter of a notoriously insane woman. Eva long ago accepted she’ll likely never marry and that is just fine with her. Given the acceptance of her future, Eva uses her title and position in society to outspokenly defend her own beliefs and the lives and reputations of those she loves.
Thinking her plan would be relatively simple to execute and be done with, Eva doesn’t count on all the dangers along the way. From brigands to the sexually suggestive innkeeper to Godric himself, Eva quickly finds herself in way over head. Godric is not at all what Eva expected and finding herself attracted to him is a most disconcerting state. What’s more, the arrogant fool is now insisting he “do the right thing” and marry Eva, a consequence of her own ill-conceived plan. To get herself out of the mess she’s in, Eva will have to use all her wits, courage, and intellect all while protecting her heart.
The Bottom Line: I’ve said it a thousand times before and I’m saying it again, I will always love a book with a woman ahead of her time and place. I like the women who make an effort to stand apart from the crowd, who use their knowledge rather than hide it, and don’t rely on their beauty to advance their goals in life. Eva may be a bit impulsive, but her heart is in the right place, and she certainly doesn’t lack the courage or conviction to see her schemes through to the end. Once again, the author has created a man perfect for the heroine, a man with no interest in snuffing out her character and/or personality but helping Eva to become all she is capable of being. It will be interesting to see the dynamics between Eva and Godric grow and strengthen as this series (hopefully) continues!