Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Rating: 4
A Private Collection
Daisy Wellfleet needs a husband if she means to keep control of her grandfather’s hotel. Lawrence Bailey, wounded in a mine explosion, needs somewhere to recuperate. For a marriage of convenience he sounds entirely suitable.
But the man who shows up, three days late, is not what she expected from his letters. He’s too healthy, too handsome, and generally just too much of everything. Now Daisy can only wish Lawrence Bailey would stop distracting her, before she falls in love— the last thing a fiercely independent woman needs.
And Lawrence Bailey has a secret. He’s just not himself. He’s not Lawrence Bailey at all, but Luke Blackwood. If only he could untangle everything, start at the beginning again. If only she’d let him get a word in edgeways, because falling in love is the last thing a sensible, solitary man needs.
As soon as I started reading, I knew I would be in for a good time.
Luke Blackwood is tasked with delivering a portrait to Daisy Wellfleet. His plan was to drop it off and go on about his business. He believes he is a confirmed bachelor, only satisfying his needs every now and then but more content to be around his books and travelling. When he meets Daisy, all of that goes straight out the window.
Daisy Wellfleet is not your typical damsel in distress. Yes, she needs a husband in order to prevent the takeover of her grandfather’s hotel but she would rather not.
She is scheduled to marry Lawrence Bailey and wants it be a marriage in name only. Luke walks in the door of Daisy’s hotel and she immediately thinks that he’s Lawrence. Hilarity ensues from that moment on.
With Daisy’s fiery temper, Luke’s charming and gentle manner, you can’t help but to love these characters. Luke plays on Daisy’s soft side, falling about the place and making a complete nuisance of himself. Daisy is exasperated and just wants him to do what she says. Really? I couldn’t stop laughing at the two of them.
And the love scenes? I may never look at chocolate pudding again without thinking of Luke and Daisy *fans self*
The story flows and is rich with detail. I just loved this story. It has all of the ingredients for the perfect read. It’s refreshing, funny and will definitely leave a smile on your face for days after. I know it did for me.
I thought this was the first in the series but it’s the second. The first one is called Engraved, and the last one is called Enraptured. I highly recommend this and Ms. Fresina is now on my “Must-Read” list.
5 Tea Cups and a Recommended Read!