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Oliver York returns from war to find his father dead, his finances in arrears, and himself the new Earl of Carlisle. If he doesn't marry an heiress—and fast!—he and his tenants are going to be pitching tents down by the Thames. He definitely shouldn't be trading kisses with a penniless debutante... no matter how captivating she is!
Miss Grace Halton is in England just long enough to satisfy the terms of her dowry. But a marriage of convenience isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. Back in America, her ailing mother needs medicine only Grace’s dowry can afford. Which means the dashing earl she can't get out of her mind is the one man she can't let into her heart.
Can true love conquer all? The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower has really sweet main characters, regency London and a despicable grand-mother.
Oliver and Grace really weren’t meant for each other at all! Grace only needed to get married so that she could get her dowry and get on the first boat back to America to help nurse her mom back to health, and Oliver didn’t want to marry at all. The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower is filled with romance and really good chemistry anyway, though. When Oliver and Grace met at a ball, he was instantly attracted to her, even as she was trying to hide against the wall to stay away from the old rakes who thought she was so different from the young English misses. Once Oliver danced with her, she got noticed by the rest of the ton, too, and she eagerly searched for a rich future husband.
Neither of the main characters in The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower thought they’d ever marry for love, even as they fell for each other, they kept telling themselves it was a bad idea. Their heartfelt struggles just made me root for them so bad, and I enjoyed their quick repartee and their scorching glances across the ballroom, and when they were dancing, I almost wanted to swoon!
Written in third person point of view and past tense, I got a good feel for both Oliver and Grace. Her grand-mother managed to get on my bad side as soon as I started reading, because it’s been quite a while since I’ve come across a meaner person in my books. She never let Grace speak her mind, and didn’t even believe her about Grace’s mother being ill.
If you are looking for a short, hot historical romance to help keep you warm on a cold winter night, The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower is the perfect book for you. There is a little bit of everything, and the characters really brought the story forward in a good way.
Drunken, yes. He was vey good at drunken. Alcohol was the only thing that dulled the anger. And the guilt.
Men of his class didn’t marry for love. Men with his past shouldn’t marry at all.
Grace nodded. To most of society, once’s reputation was even more important than one’s dowry. The last thing she needed was to make it harder to snare a husband.