A great read from beginning to the very last page. Needing an heir, Steyne tracks down his wayward wife who is living a quiet life in a small village under an assumed name. This is part of a series but can be read as a standalone. Our heroine is Alexandra or Lizzie and when Lizzie was 18 her father a mean brute married her to Xavier because his mother was in debt to him. Lizzie is determined not to fall in love with the marquis.
Although, I would suggest reading them all to keep up with the tale of the Westruthers better. She needed to understand his attitude even if she could not honor him for it. I loved Xavier, although, he is dark, sexy and brooding. Once the marriage had been consummated, his new bride disappeared. Christina Brooke is the award-winning author of the Ministry of Marriage series and the Westruthers series.
Once it was consummated Lizzie disappeared into the London night. Will his mother kill him before his announces his love for Lizzie? Xavier needed to learn how to trust her, love her, see her as more than the mother of his heir and a woman who warmed his bed. Marriage-of-convenience fans will rejoice and take pleasure in this enchanting read. What I found most unusual about this story is that the romance between hero and heroine was not the most compelling love story being told. She is shocked when he asks her to bear him a son. She is shocked when he asks her to bear him a son.
I really enjoyed the story and the ending was great. Although, I would suggest reading them all to keep up with the tale of the Westruthers better. He's very handsome, rich, stone cold and had a very sad childhood. But he can be very convincing behind closed doors, and it will take all of Lizzie's strength to resist such a wicked lord. A great down-to-earth character who has moved on from the issues that were brought on by her sadistic father.
Monty is the inspiration for Ophelia, the Great Dane in the Ministry of Marriage series. She was competent, average, ordinary and seeking marriage and children. The Lord is naturally a pompous rake! But Ms Brooke brings it all together and makes it work, turning a story that could have been unbelievably cheesy into a very readable page-turner. On the whole, I liked it and will read the next one in the series as well. Marquis of Steyne has nearly forgotten his runaway bride but suddenly he finds himself in need of an heir.
What an awesome story I have been really looking forward to reading Xavier's story he is the most wickedest Lord of the Westruthers and for very good reasons but when he does fall he does it well and Lizzie is just the heroine to bring out the best in him. I enjoyed them in the other novels and to see them coming back is always fun. Xavier Westruther, Marquis of Steyne is insufferable and cruel- oh but he is! Brooke's innovative and fresh voice is quickly turning her into a star of the genre. Finally, the motivations of Steyne's mother are never explained or even gestured at; she really just serves as the bland embodiment of evil that must be done away with so the amorous couple can get on with their lives. He left her bedroom once the marriage was consummated. Funny, poignant and sizzling with passion, they leaped from the pages and into my heart.
Despite everything, he had always felt the need to protect her. But she is downright shocked when he asks her to bear him a son. It could be considered exercise and you can eat some chocolate with it! But if I see his hands on you again, I shall shoot him through the heart. That said, this story really explains why he acted and was the he was. Hoping to keep his heinous uncle and cousin away from his estate, Steyne sets out to sire a son. I loved how she fell for the hero. The chemistry between them two was steamy and it definitely turned the heat level up.
But when he suddenly finds himself in need of an heir, he has no choice but to track her down. I was a bit disappointed that the romance took a back seat to his mommy dearest issues. T This romance tale will make you giggle, hyperventilate from laughter, stab your Kindle, get that toe curl feeling in my stomach, scream at the characters and even cry! They like and love each other and are generally nice peo I am a huge Christina Brooke fan. As each character works to overcome the past to find happiness in the future it pulls the reader into the story and will keep them turning the pages as they read to see just what will happen next and if they will find their happily ever after. And his story opened with a great hook--a young man coming to consummate the marriage he's been forced into making with the 17-year-old daughter of a man who threatened his mother. However, the resemblance of any human characters to real life people is purely accidental. Years later, Steyne has nearly forgotten about his runaway bride.