Falling for a duke in disguise!
Never welcomed into society circles, Rosalind Allen gave up her marriage prospects long ago--life has taught her she'll only get hurt. So she's shocked when an encounter with a mysterious stranger makes her long to reconsider...
Little does Rosalind know that her mystery man is Leo Beauchamp, Duke of Cheriton, traveling in disguise to evade the ladies of the ton! Impoverished Rosalind is the first woman to captivate Leo--but can he persuade this wary Cinderella to trust him with her heart?
I loved the connection that Leo and Rosalind share it managed to be both sizzling and romantic which was the perfect combination for me. I found myself smiling whenever they were together they were flirty, fun and feisty interactions. It really was so easy to fall for this charming story and all of the characters too. It was great to see a slightly older pairing than I am used to seeing in historical romance and I really enjoyed this difference. Rosalind is a strong character and once she sets her mind on something she is also very determined. I can definitely understand the attraction with Leo especially his strong family values which match perfectly with Rosalind's own sense of commitment to her family's happiness.
The threat lurking in the background kept me interested and made me invested in Rosalind's story and hopefully achieving her happy ending. There are trust issues on both sides and it was great to see the characters develop but can they slowly regain the trust that they have lost. They both have tragic pasts that make them such a great pairing. Sweet at times but with some darker characters lurking in the shadows to mix things up a bit.
A great combination of sweet, romantic and sizzling!
With thanks to Mills & Boon and Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.