Caroline is about to embark on her third Season and her parents fear she'll be permanently on the shelf if she fails to make a match this time. Unfortunately for them, that is precisely what Caroline wants! Curious and adventuresome, Caroline longs for a life of travel, excitement, and perhaps even a touch of danger . . .
If only she can remain unmarried until she turns twenty-one, Caroline will inherit her grandmother's bequest and gain her freedom. It's not a staggering amount, but it's enough to fund her dreams without a husband's permission. She has her future all planned out-until Lawrence Sinclair appears on the scene . . .
Intense, intriguing, and handsome, the man reminds Caroline of a caged lion. In fact, the more she knows of him, the more questions she has. And when she learns how dangerous he really is, he may just become her new fascination-the one she can't resist . . .
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I loved Caroline and Lawrence's story! Caroline has no plans to marry. She is determined to gain her inheritance from her grandmother and pursue her dream of traveling. But that changes when she meets Lawrence Sinclair. She is intrigued from the moment they meet and her fascination with him just increases each time they are together. Lawrence has been treated horribly by his family and has very little self worth because of this. When he meets Caroline, he is just as attracted to her as she is to him. But with no prospects of being able to support her, he has determined that he can never have her. Can these two get the HEA with all that is in their path? I'm excited to see what else Marlowe has in store for the House of Lovell series!
Lawrence Ware was never a good student like his younger cousin, Ralph, but he possesses exceptional equestrian skills. After his father died years ago, Lawrence and his mother lived with his widowed uncle, Harcourt Sinclair, Earl Ware, at Ware Hall in Cumberland. His uncle ruled the home with an iron fist and Lawrence’s mother is a sad woman. Lawrence knows he will have to make his own way in life with no help from his uncle. After he finished his schooling, he joined the military where he excelled. Now, he has retired and is looking to do something else in life. Lady Caroline Lovell is the daughter of the Earl of Chatham and today she is having tea with some of her friends and listening to them gossip. As this is Caroline’s third season, she bores easily with the silly gossip. Oh, how she wishes she could escape it all and travel to exotic places. She has no interest in getting married and just wants to be her own mistress. She is now age 20 and has one more year before she can access the fortune left her by her grandmother, and then she can have her freedom. Caroline’s brother, Edward, returns from his Grand Tour and brings with him a friend he introduces as Lawrence Ware. He tells his family that Lawrence will be staying at their home for the season and asks Caroline and her friends to ensure that he is introduced to people. He feels awkward because he does not possess a fortune - just his retirement pay. Caroline finds that Lawrence has not been schooled in some of the ways of the ton and does not even dance. So, she takes him under her wing and teaches him. Their togetherness sparks an attraction, but Lawrence knows he does not have the means to give Caroline the life she is used to. Caroline surprisingly finds herself falling in love. Is there any hope for a future for them? This book started off a bit slow and was confusing as times. As I got further into the book, I see that the author was holding back some information to surprise readers later. Thankfully, the story did pick up and the ending was quite surprising. This is the first book I have read by this author and I certainly look forward to reading more of her books in the future. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Caroline Lovell has a dream and it does not include a man…definitely not a husband. No, she wants adventure and to travel to faraway places like…Zanzibar. Lawrence Sinclair wants peace after a decade in the military. He has returned to England to regroup. When the two meet in Caroline’s parlor he is stunned and left utterly speechless – not making the best first impression. Caroline, unwillingly, begins to see more in Lawrence that at first sight. The two move steadily toward a HEA that may see them in England or perhaps traveling. There was a twist or two in the story and there were a couple of characters that I would enjoy reading more about so do look forward to reading more in this series. This is a delightful, somewhat predictable, lighthearted romance typical of the genre with a HEA ending for almost all while setting up for the next book in the series. Did I enjoy the book? Yes Would I read more by this author? Yes Was this a good introduction to this author’s work? I believe so. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books – Lyrical Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
"The Joy of now is worth any sorrow that may come." This story was a character study of two people and the journey it took for them to come together. Lady Caroline is in her last season and will be able take control of her life with the inheritance she is to obtain and live her dream of traveling and seeing the world without being hampered by a husband. That is until fate steps in in the form of one Lawrence Sinclair, recently arrived with her brother who had been traveling abroad. Lawrence is so full of emotions he harnesses from his upbringing and military service that he has to learn to be in polite society. Caroline is determined to find out his secrets and what makes him tick. This is such a well written book with intense emotions and some hidden secrets that come to life. As the two spend time together you can feel their feelings coming through the pages. But there are many obstacles that must be overcome. Prepare to be enchanted as you take in this sweet romance that will have your heart smiling as you turn the last page. I cannot wait to read more in this series. Lori Dykes