Author: Jen Geigle Johnson
Series: Once Upon a Regency #3
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: April 15, 2019
An unthinkable offer. A courageous miss. A determined Lord, and an evil duke.
Never. She vowed to never marry.
But Lord Harcourt was determined to unravel her secrets.
She’d never heard of a debutante in her first season trying to marry the least desirable man she could find, and yet, here she was. With the Duke after her to make a choice and her family’s happiness weighing in the balance, she pushed forward until the unthinkable happened: she fell in love.
When faced with a tempting but unthinkable offer, how can she accept, when a union with Lord Harcourt would steal from him what he most desired?
Rating: Mild. Mild kissing.
I loved Benjamin’s playful personality. He was different than most regency men I’ve read about. The idea that he loved children so much and was so playful felt different than other characters and I loved it. He felt more like a real person to me. And he was the highlight of this story.
I liked Teresa when she wasn’t being angsty. She responded sweetly to Benjamin’s personality and in those relaxed moments she was equally delightful. But I got annoyed with her when she was full of angst. I kept wishing she would tell Benjamin the problem for the sake of their relationship and so we could hear straight out what the problem was too. For a long time, we knew there was a bargain but we didn’t really know what it was. Eventually I suspected but still wasn’t 100 percent sure until the story was getting toward the end.
I have read several of Ms. Johnson’s writings which I loved but I’ve decided that I like her full length novels better than the novella length ones. I had a hard time seeing the relationship between this story and Rumpelstiltskin. There were references to her gold hair and someone taking her baby due to a bargain she made so those two elements were there but since we were well into the story before we knew what the bargain actually was I had a hard time trying to find the similarities. And she was coerced into the bargain so it didn’t feel the same as a girl offering what she had in order to get what she needed. I feel like there could have been more connection between the stories had it been a longer book.
No sex, language or violence