The Devil of Dashford Manor by Nadine Millard

This is sweet, romantic, dramatic and entertaining. Simon is an uncaring rake, until the night he meets Amelia. After that night he is no longer interested in doing any of the things he normally did. She fascinated him, and made him want to be a more deserving man. Amelia has bern told her whole life that her little sister is the pretty one, that she was too much of a bluestocking. So she turns her interest into going on a dig in Scotland, and the man she wants to go with is Simon's cousin, but she doesn't know that in the beginning. They meet when they both ended up in the library while at a ball, and he kissed her, then she kissed him. But it's the end of the season so she'll be going home soon, too soon for Simon. He decides to throw a house party and ball, with the pretense being that he wants to introduce her to his cousin. He's charismatic, romantic and amusing underneath the uncaring rake. Amelia is fascinated with Simon, and confused by him, because no one has ever paid any attention to her, so she can't completely trust that he's not making sport of her. The house party doesn't go the way Simon thought it would, too many misunderstandings and a lack of trust keep them together for long, and it happens multiple times. She's a little flaky at times, but she's a very likable and sympathetic character. And he is so unbelievably sweet and caring, and only sometimes oblivious. Once I started reading it I had a hard time putting it down.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. This is my honest and voluntary opinion of it.


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