A scoundrel among the Ton…
Her knight in shining armour?
Katherine Wilder will do anything to escape her forced marriage—even ask Brandt Radcliffe to kidnap her! Only she doesn’t expect a man so disreputable to say no! With her father now desperate to marry her off to line his own pockets, widower Brandt has become her reluctant protector—and it seems the only way he can do that is to marry her himself…!
This is a wonderfully, entertaining and original story, it isn’t your typical marriage of convenience in fact I saw it more like enemies to lovers which really is my all-time favourite trope. And this one is a doozy!
Katherine is facing a forced marriage to a vile and repulsive man, who she not only finds undeniably horrible, but she is terrified of him and what he is capable of. She will do anything to escape, so she hatches an ingenious plan to finally be free. She plans to be kidnapped and held for ransom and she enlists the help of notorious scoundrel; Brandt Radcliffe – don’t you just love that name!
Katherine is a real spirited young woman, the way she goes out and seeks the volatile and grizzly Brandt within the London slums speaks of her fierce and resilient nature. She is bossy, clever and I think a little naïve, plus she is scared. She is terrified of what will happen to her and more importantly her sister, she will do anything to protect them both even go out of her way and approach the dangerously handsome Brandt. I like Katherine, she is has a huge imagination and an equally huge sense of her self-worth which she likes to use both, yet she is very loyal to her family and those she cares about.
But if she thought that the all-out bad boy will do as she says, she may have to re-think her plan as Brandt cannot think of anything worse than risking his neck for a spoilt brat – which is actually what he thinks of her at first. So, he changes the initial plan, one thing leads to another and soon Brandt realises that she is a danger not just to him but for herself and the only way to protect her is to marry her – much to his disdain!
What a wonderfully, brooding character Brandt is, he is very much a reluctant hero. After the death of his wife; Mary, Brandt has been living on the outskirts of society. He likes to be anonymous, the only way he can dull the pain of her death is to detach himself from people and drown himself in drink. That is until he meets the irritating fire-brand who wears the most ridiculous hats – Brandt’s thought’s not mine, I love how that one hat irritates the life out of him. Beneath that growly, drunken, highwayman sort of bluster there lies the heart of a good man. He is a complex and secretive man who seems to have lost all hope in ever being happy again, he misses his wife terribly but very unwilling to go down that path again – that is until a tiny but loud woman barges into his room!
I love how original the storyline is, from page one where Brandt is rudely interrupted from his drunken stupor it is engaging and fun to read. I love the bickering between Katherine and Brandt, they have a great chemistry, Ms Tyner has done a wonderful job at bringing these two completely different personalities together. This is definitely a page-turner, the developing romance between Katherine and Brandt is fun and romantic but I particularly like it when they are hostile with one and other which is very enjoyable to read.
A great read and highly recommended.
This was an ARC copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.
Saying I Do To the Scoundrel is available now and can be purchased at Amazon.