Author: Sally Britton
Series: Branches of Love #3
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: June 6, 2018
He vows to never risk his heart again. She hides her love to avoid rejection. A marriage of convenience is not what either of them wished for.
Overlooked by society and underappreciated in her family, Ellen Bringhurst has resigned herself to spinsterhood and a life of reading. Until her match-making friends contrive to reintroduce Ellen to the man she has secretly loved since their shared childhood.
As the younger son to an earl, Marcus Calvert must wed in order to inherit his estate. Still nursing a broken heart, he prefers a practical approach to matrimony rather than romantic love. When Ellen is presented as a possible bride, he proposes a marriage of convenience.
Ellen accepts his hand, hiding her feelings rather than risking her husband’s rejection. Marcus, though determined not to expose his heart again, finds more to admire in his childhood friend with each passing day. What began as a sensible arrangement now has the possibility to become so much more. But is Marcus willing to risk his heart a second time?
Rating: Mild+. Mild substance use; mild kissing; mild sensuality.
A marriage of convenience to the man she has loved since childhood… Talk about entering an emotional mine field but Ellen is determined to keep her feelings to herself. I just wondered how long it would take Marcus to figure out he loves her. In truth he was always kind and caring so falling in love was an easy step. Just took a big snow storm to figure it out. I was a little surprised that Marcus’s brother was more sensitive to Ellen’s feelings than Marcus’s mother was. I expected her to be the wise one. The big blow up bringing things to a head came as a surprise to me since Ellen had been keeping everything inside and coping as best she could but there had to be a blow up or things could never resolve… I thought the story was well written and I liked the main characters. Often in these marriage of convenience books, one spouse completely ignores the other but that was not the case in this book. I liked that they were pleasant with each other and had a good relationship even though they weren’t going to be starting their family any time soon if you know what I mean… ha.
Sex: a kiss