A huge thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Recommended if you love Lisa Kleypas and Katharine Ashe.
This was a lovely friends-to-lovers historical romance.
The childhood connection between Lottie and Alec is the defining relationship in both their lives. Until it isn’t. Until they are manipulated into believing they are not what is best or right or happy for each other.
Lottie has resolutely recovered from Alec’s abandonment five years ago. She is determined to become an independent woman untethered by the apron strings of society and free to pursue a life of travel and adventure. But her escape has garnered the eagle attention of her uncle — and he will not tolerate her willfulness. Alec is tasked with returning her to England.
When they meet again, it is oil and water. When he kisses her, she wants to believe it is because of something more substantial than their fake relationship ruse. She wants him to understand her, but she doesn’t want that vulnerability between them. And Alec is convinced that his past is an insurmountable obstacle to a future with her.
The navigation of their star-crossed circumstances had me smiling and shaking my head. In the tradition of all obtuse and oblivious men, Alec doesn’t realize that he is exactly what Lottie both wants and needs.