Also in this series: How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days, Catch a Falling Heiress, When the Marquess Met His Match
Series: An American Heiress in London #4
Published by Avon on August 30 2016
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
After spending his youth as one of the wildest rakes in the ton, Lord Denys Somerton has devoted the past six years to putting his past behind him. He is determined to fulfill his duties, find a suitable wife, and start a family, but that plan changes when Lola Valentine—the red-haired temptress from his past—returns to London, sparking the same irresistible desires that almost ruined his life once before.
Lola is a woman with no romantic illusions. She knew love would never be enough for a British lord and an American girl from the wrong side of the tracks. For Denys’s sake, she walked away from him and the glittering life he offered. But when an unexpected inheritance brings her back to London, Lola discovers the passion between them is as hot as ever. Can they vanquish it, or will it burn out of control again and destroy them both?
In No Mistress Of Mine we have a marvelous romance that I instantly fell in love with. Lately this author has been a hit or miss with me, but this book worked for me in every way. Our two main characters are Lord Denys and Lola Valentine. Both Denys and Lola love each other but their stations in society are very different. Denys knows he loves Lola and is willing to marry her. However Lola is a dancer and actress in the making. Lola knows that marrying Denys would damage Denys especially in his relationship with his famil. So she makes him think the worst and moves to America. Now its been years later, and Denys has changed. He is more responsible, taking over more financial leadership in the family and is starting to court the woman his family wants him to marry. But when he hears news that his American Business partner has died, he is shocked when Lola appears as his new business partner. Denys is still feeling hurt and angry from how Lola betrayed him. Lola trained in America with her benefactor, to become an actress which has always been her dream. And she wants to make everyone in London see her true talent. But as Denys and Lola start to work into a partnership, Denys uncovers hidden truths about the past and won’t let Lola go a second time…..but Lola will have to decide if the love they have is worth fighting for….
He knew the choice he’d just made might cost him everything he’d spent the past six years trying to earn. He knew he might have to give up all the trappings of his position and the pleasures of good society. He might even have to sacrifice the affection of his family and the respect of his father. But if that was the price to have the only woman he had ever loved, he’d pay it.
This is a powerfully and emotionally charged romance that had me on the edge from beginning to end here. I simply fell in love with this couple and their dilemma. Because this is quite a challenge that they overcome. Now I did like how this author put on a more realistic role of society and how families view marrying “outside” of your station that you were born into. My heart did go out with Lola, seeing the circumstances she was dealt with when she was young and seeing how much she grows over the years and goes after her own dreams. The biggest problem in their conflict here is Denys’ family. Denys is close to his family and loves them dearly. And Lola knows this, and so she doesn’t want to just jump into a relationship with Denys a second time and have to be forced to leave him again. However Denys also has powerful and influential friends who will support his relationship with Lola no matter what. I did enjoy the aspect of seeing Denys and Lola overcome the challenges that they are faced with and seeing how love can conquer. It was heartbreaking at times though, because I just wanted these two to WIN and boy what a gratifying ending we have here.
Overall No Mistress Of Mine was a heart wrenching romance that drives home the need for a happy ending and fighting for what you want!! FULLY GRATIFYING READ