Series: The Husband Hunters Club #5
Published by Avon Impulse on February 25th 2014
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Sara Bennett concludes her fan-favorite Husband Hunters series with an earl, an heiress, and an accidental attraction…
Too wicked for proper society and in dire financial straits, Rufus Blainey, the Earl of Southbrook, knows but one solution: to marry an heiress. So when innocent and beautiful Lady Averil Martindale waltzes into his life, Rufus can't imagine a more perfect scenario: woo her, win her, bankrupt her.
Averil has no intention of spending her life or her money alone. An orphan, she's determined to find her lost half sister and reclaim what little family she has left. When Rufus offers to help locate the elusive girl, Averil is grateful and more than a little intrigued by the handsome, dashing rogue.
Everything is going according to Rufus's plan. That is until, despite his best efforts, he begins to fall totally, madly, sincerely in love with Averil…but will she marry him once she learns the truth?
Averil is out searching for her sister, that she only knew as a infant. With her parents gone, she knows that it is up to her to find her long lost sister. Averil is a heiress but the only way to access her fortune is to marry or wait until she comes of age. Averil is determined to find the only family she has left. One evening while on the streets searching, her companion, abandons her, and she is left to fend for herself, Then she is rescued by Rufus, the Earl of Southbrook. Rufus has come to London to find his gambling uncle and his son. When he comes across Averil, he can’t abandon her, so since their destination is the same whorehouse, each looking for someone, they head over together. When Rufus learns of Averil’s search, he decides to help her. Rufus feels a drawing attraction to Averil, and even though is uncle is pushing him to court and marry her for her money, he wants her more than that. But with a crumbling castle, and a uncle and a young son to look after, he may not have a choice but to marry her. But what will Averil do when she learns the truth about his true intentions?
I have been a fan of this author for quite some time, but I actually haven’t read this series. I have read many of her older titles, which I have immensely enjoyed. But for some reason I have lost touch with her latest series. So when I saw this title being offered on Edelweiss in exchange for a honest review, I knew that this was a book I would really like, especially since I have loved every one of Bennett’s books that I have had the opportunity to read. As I started reading it, I was a little anxious, hoping that Sara Bennett hadn’t lost her touch, and after finishing it, I have to say she hasn’t. I was intrigued from the very first page. The story starts off with Rufus racing to London to retrieve his uncle who tenders to gamble too much, that now he will have to marry or sell everything to survive. We see a glorious man in Rufus, one who is scarred inside and out, and I admired him for his strength, and you gain a deeper respect for Rufus as the story continues. Averil is his perfect match, her life has been full of struggle at times as well, From the moment of their first moment, there is a sense of comfortable interaction, there is a attraction, but a friendship quickly builds between the two. The mystery involved in find Averil’s sister is ongoing through the story, and definitely adds a air of intrigue and fascination
This story is fun, adventurous, and romantic enough to curl your toes. A charming story of love and sacrifice. Witty and full of charm and tenderness!!