By Sarah MacLean
Henrietta Sedley, or Hattie, is one of the best historical romance heroines. She is mature and wise and tough and brave, taller than most men, curvier than a lot of women, and a force to be reckoned with.
Who could match that force, that will power, better than Whit, or as he is called in Covent Garden, Beast? I fell for his brother, Devil, in Wicked and the Wallflower, and while I did not love Beast as much as his fellow bare knuckle bastard, I appreciated him a lot. Like Devil, Beast had to grow up under the cruel tyranny of his maniacal ducal father and emerge as a self made man who ruled Covet Garden. Beast was devastatingly handsome and notoriously and mysteriously quiet.
“He was very broad, and very solid, and even in the darkness she could tell that this wasn’t a man with whom one took a turn about a ballroom.”
Hattie has big plans for her “Year of Hattie”, where she will take control of her own destiny – her rightful inheritance of her father’s shipping company, her sexuality and her future. While Beast spars in the boxing ring with his fists, he spars with Hattie outside of it with his wits. The two are such a good match; he is protecting his livelihood and himself from his family and his past while she is protecting her business and her future from her family. When the two come together, they are even more powerful than on their own.
“And he called me fucking dangerous. A thrill shot through her at the thought. What a delightful thing for someone to think of her.”
While it takes time for both to understand how worthy they are of each other’s love, it was a pleasure to read about them finding their way.
“She reached to help him.
“No,” he said, as he worked to lay her body bare. “This is for me. You, on my lap, wrapped like a parcel. It’s like Christmas.”
And because Hattie was raised among the docklands, she knows how to tie a mean sailor’s knot….
Review by Michele W.