Marrying Winterborne. Finished 7-17-17, 4.25/5, historical romance, pub. 2016
The Ravenels #2 (1-Cold-Hearted Rake)
Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better…
Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable… the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with… from Goodreads
We met the Ravenel sisters and Rhys in the first book of the series so the pairing was no surprise, but the thing that kept them apart, briefly, was a good twist. Rarely do you find such a distasteful character in a romance novel. This second book introduces some new characters, but for the most part really fleshes out the ones we already know. I would have liked to see a bit more of Devon and Kathleen from the first book, but there was so much going on that it’s easy to forgive. Strong, independent female characters leave no shortage of future match ups for the series.
I liked this one more than the first and am looking forward to the third book. I don’t want to rush too much since I know the next one won’t be out until next year.