Once Upon A Rake by Samantha Holt
This is steamy, romantic and entertaining. Lucian was an ill mannered, cocky, cold and irresponsible rake until the day he was scarred by fire. After that he became obsessed with building up his other factory, and he became generous and caring. He also withdrew from society thinking himself a hideous monster. Ellie was a girl that he knew his whole life and thought of as an irritating pest, until the day he told her she was ugly and awkward, then kissed her. They were caught by her father, who refused to allow a marriage between them. Instead he married her to an old man. When her husband dies seven years later she inherits shares of Lucian's factory, and decides that she wants to be involved with the running of it. When Lucian ignoring her doesn't make her go away, he tries to run her off with cruel words. When that doesn't work he tries to seduce her, and gets caught up in her. But getting rid of her is no easy feat, because she is no longer the awkward, ugly girl that she used to be. Ellie is determined and sweet and insecure. And beautiful. But he can't figure out how. The two butt heads over everything, even what they want of each other. It's a fascinating story that I couldn't put down.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Booksprout. This is my honest and voluntary opinion of it.
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