Type: Historical Romance
My Copy: NetGalley
Ashton Blakely, the Duke of Summerton, cannot stop his aunt from meddling in his affairs. So rather than let her select a most disagreeable mate, Ashton decides to fire the first volley by holding a ball as a scheme to bag the ideal wife: a deferential girl eager to produce and raise an heir, leaving Ashton to his beloved hunting lodge and titled friends. But when Ashton falls for the one woman who isn’t willing to play his game, all his plans scatter like buckshot. Suddenly, the chase is on!
Caroline Hawkins has no interest in marriage. In fact, she has devoted her life to defending women from the indignities visited upon them by their husbands. She only chaperones her beautiful younger sister to Summerton’s ball in the hopes of saving her family from bankruptcy. She certainly doesn’t expect to catch the Duke’s eye . . . nor is she prepared for the heat that rises every time she thinks of his powerful build or his dark, tantalizing gaze. Caroline can run, but she cannot hide—for Ashton has already captured her heart.
This is a nice start to a new series featuring four men who have bonded on the battlefield and who are now being manipulated by the well-meaning aunt of the Duke of Summerton, she wants them all to be married. Ashton wants no part of his aunt’s attempts and plans an offensive attack to strike first.
Ashton Blakely is a new duke who also inherited a great amount of wealth and society’s single women and their mothers have taken notice. Unfortunately his aunt Amelia has also taken notice of his single status and has informed him and his three friends that she is about to find them all perfect matches. However, Ashton is not about to let his aunt pick his wife so gathers his friends and makes a plan.
Caroline Hawkins (Caro) has been taking care of her mother and sister for several years. Her plans are to find her sister Beatrice a husband and to eventually take employment as a companion for a wealthy woman so she can continue to help her mother. She definitely has no plans of her own to marry. When she finds out the Duke of Summerton (Ashley) is in town for the season, she decides to meet him at his home to tell him about her sister. He is intrigued with Caro and has plans for her himself, but things go wrong at the ball and she is compromised, creating a rocky start to their marriage.
A new series with potential, as four gentlemen plan their own fate before a meddlesome aunt takes things into her own hands.
Ashton is your typical aristocrat with money, wants to make his own decisions and feels like he is entitled to do what he wants. Although he loves his aunt, he intends to choose his own bride, and likes what he sees in Caro. Unfortunately they start off their marriage on the wrong foot and things do not get better anytime soon. He tries to take things slow, which I like about him, talking to her through the door to help her trust him, but it takes time.
Caro is difficult, she only wants to take care of her mother and have her sister make a great match however the tables are turned on her and she is pushed into a life she did not imagine. She is naïve of the ways of a wife and when experiences pleasure, she is appalled and pushes Ashton away. Their communication mishaps continue for most of the book and I found it tiresome at times.
As they get to know each other, they both acknowledge their poor qualities. He loves his rugged lodge to the point of not thinking about what she wants, and she has a hard time talking to him which causes miscommunication and more heartache. It takes some doing to get these two together!
This is my first book from this author and I liked her voice, I feel invested in the story and look forward to seeing Ashton’s friend’s find their true loves. The pace works for this story, it is a slow build up as Ashton and Caro find their footing in the relationship, there were ups and downs and we were with them through it all. I like many of the secondary characters that play important roles, Beatrice is intriguing and I hope for a good future for her, I also enjoyed meeting Ashton’s war buddies and look forward to their stories. This is an enjoyable historical romance with a rocky, roller coaster relationship before a happy ending.
I give To Catch a Lady by Pamela Labud 3.50 stars!