"deep regency romance"
In 1793, single aristocratic men behave badly by forming
the Free Fellows League based on two principles of natural
order that males should not have to wed until necessary to
sire an heir and to never fall in love with your wife. By
1810 Viscount Griffin is a card-carrying member over the
ire of his father who demands marriage or else. Griffin
needs a spouse quickly while Lady Alyssa Carollton shares
his sentiment on marriage, but needs a husband to keep her
mother off her back. Griffin and Alyssa wed with each
vowing to not love though the honeymoon is bliss.
Griffin goes off to war, but upon his return feels the
guilt of a survivor when so many died. He wants to
continue his vow to the shattered by the war Free Fellows
League, but also needs Alyssa to help him cope with his
nightmarish demons. Soon he realizes the foolishness of
his pledge as he falls in love with his wife, but she
refuses to believe him and hides her own deep feelings.
Though Griffins' obstinacy becomes irritating, readers will
appreciate this deep regency romance due to a strong cast
(including the lead male). The story line combines sexual
tension with deep angst especially with Griffin suffering
from post battle syndrome. Alyssa is a delightful
courageous person who as the tale's anchor ensures fans
receive a superb novel.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 25, 2003