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Posted June 28, 2012
A must read if you like historical romance!
James Devlin was raised to believe he was a bastard child; the product of the affair of his titled father and his chambermaid mother. Although he was a bastard, he was given the opportunity to receive a good education and he used that education to become a barrister. He earned his own living so he would never need to depend on his unwanted family ever. James can’t determine what is more shocking; that his disapproving grandmother comes calling, that she advise James of his father’s passing or that she advising him that his parent’s were in fact married at the time of his birth and that makes him the new Duke of Blackwood. After a lifetime of being scorned by his family, the only thing he wants is the country estate where his father used to take him during summers and where for those few precious weeks, he was treated like a real son. He learns that his father sold the property and James is determined that his first duty as the new Duke is to buy back Wyndmoor Manor.
After he finally arrives at Wyndmoor Manor after tracking down the new owner and making him an offer he couldn’t refuse, he is surprised when he is attacked in his own home by an angry woman brandishing a fireplace poker. Although she is beautiful, she is obviously mad since she believes the house belongs to her.
Bella Sinclair, now—thankfully--the Widow Sinclair, has found the beautiful county estate after leaving behind her loveless life as wife to an abusive man. She can finally write as she always dreamed to do and purchasing Wyndmoor Manor is just the beginning of the life she has dreamed of, until the madman showed up at her door claiming that he was not only a Duke, but that he as the owner of her new home.
When James and Bella finally determine that they have both been swindled by the seller, neither is willing to give up the estate. James offers to buy out Bella if they find out they cannot recover all the money, but she refuses. Although it is shocking for her to live alone with a bachelor in the manor, she refuses to leave; and the war (and the fun) are just beginning.
Even James’s barrister friends are torn between who should be the proper owner of the house. And it was not just tension over the ownership of the house sparking tempers, the fierce attraction between Bella and James grows the longer they are together.
This is a wonderful story which grabbed my attention right from the start. I love no nonsense female characters, especially when the pop up in historical/regency novels. Even though Bella’s first marriage was abusive, she was now older, wiser and financial independent and was not going to allow anyone to interfere with her dreams, not without one hell of a fight. Bella’s former nursemaid now confidant has the wisdom of Yoda and she’s a frisky, old bird. I loved all of the characters, including all of James’s barrister friends. I am looking forward to reading the story of Anthony, the jaded matrimonial attorney, and Brent, the retired spy.
This is definitely a book for your must read list.
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Posted March 22, 2013
Waste of time/money
I could not finish the book because i lost imterest around page 146. The female lead got on my last nerve with her keeping the id of the villian to herself. I wonder what made the writer think that the female lead could possibly take care of the issue when she could not handel her dead husband's abuse when he was aliveWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 17, 2012
Posted October 25, 2012
Whose Deed is it anyway? James Devlin is the bastard son of the
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James Devlin is the bastard son of the Duke of Blackwood. In his determination to fight the fate normally befallen a bastard son, James has become a renowned barrister his education funded by his grandmother the Dowager Duchess of Blackwood in her only attempt of acknowledgement of his existence. Fate makes a surprising turn as James discovers the Dowager Duchess at the back of the courtroom where he had been pleading a case, the news she has come to relay proving life altering to say the least. All James wants now is to return to the one place he holds in his heart as truly his, and fate has finally given him the opportunity to have it. However, is the prize legally James’ to own after all? It appears underhanded dealings are afoot and given James’s profession he is going to make sure to get to the bottom of it regardless of the beautiful woman to stands to stop him! A battle of wills and the interpretation of the law ensue, but will the fiery attraction that soon draws them together help or hinder in their separate pursuit of their hard-sought goal?
Posted October 5, 2012
Posted October 12, 2012
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