To have and to hold?
Reluctant debutante Lady Clarissa Macpherson has never forgotten the forbidden kiss she shared with notorious rake, Lord Theodore Bennett, all those years ago. Even now, he’s the one man who sets Clarissa’s pulse racing and her skin tingling—no matter how hard she tries to ignore it!
Yet, when Theodore rescues her from the unwanted advances of a drunken Lord at a society ball, she finds herself in a most scandalous predicament—engaged, to the most eligible bachelor in London!
Wedded? It appears so, but bedded? Clarissa demands more from her marriage than simply surrendering to her new husband’s sexual desires, especially when she realises she’s falling deeper in love with him every single day. Theodore must prove that she’s the only woman for him—and surrender his heart!
Yet resisting her new husband’s delicious seduction may prove the hardest thing Clarissa has ever done…
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When Clarissa Macpherson finds herself being unwelcomely accosted by a rather drunken Lord at a ball, the dashing Lord Bennett comes to her rescue – not that she dares to believe she needed rescuing. When the circumstances then find them caught in a very compromising situation, Ben covers for their dignity by claiming they are betrothed. For independent and indignant Clarissa, she can think of nothing worse! She only ever wants to marry for love, and as the choice of males she knows are so very undesireable, she’d rather not marry at all. It may so happen that Ben is indeed the only man to set her pulse racing, but he has far too awful a reputation with women for her to want to enter a marriage with him.
Unfortunately, there’s not much she can do about it, and marry him she does. When he drunkenly stumbles into the bedroom on their wedding night and passes out across her, the tone for their marriage is somewhat set. Oh dear!
I really enjoyed the relationship between these two, and I adored Ben’s character in particular. He was cheeky and sexy and exactly what you want from a historical hunk! My only real issue with this book was that Clarissa did get on my nerves a bit – she’s quite whiney, and while I understand her reluctance about Ben and their situation, sometimes she was just too pompous and being bitchy for the sake of being a bitch, refusing to really assess the situation correctly. At times I just wanted to shake her by the shoulders and tell her to grow up!
However, their chemistry was undeniable, and the back and forth between them made for very enjoyable reading, as they battled against each other to make this marriage work, neither really understanding the other correctly.
The book was wonderfully written and easy to sink into – I’ll definitely look to read more from Raven McAllan.
About Raven McAllan
Raven lives in Scotland, along with her husband —their children having flown the nest—in a house much too big for them, surrounded by beautiful scenery, which inspires a lot of the settings in her books.
She is used to sharing her life with the occasional deer, red squirrel, and lost tourist, to say nothing of the scourge of Scotland—the midge, and her house with the dust bunnies who congregate. They must know they won’t be disturbed.
A lover of reading, she appreciates the history inside a book, and the chance to peek into the lives of those from years ago. Raven admits that she enjoys the research for her books almost as much as the writing; so much so, that sometimes she realizes she’s strayed way past the information she needs to know, and not a paragraph has been added to her WIP.
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