ExcerptColin rose, walked over to Amelia and grasped her by the elbow to lead her to the looking glass. “You do not properly see yourself, Amelia,” he said staring at her. She furrowed her brow. “I see perfectly fine and what I see is tall, gangly and graceless. He wanted to run the pad of his thumb over her skin and remove the lines of worry. Instead, he took a deep breath and continued. “The color of the gown does not make you beautiful nor in truth the opulence of the material. It is correct both can enhance beauty, but unless beauty is there it cannot be revealed.” He gripped her shoulders and turned her until she faced the looking glass. ”You already possess beauty. It’s here.” He brushed his finger down the silken skin near her shining eyes. “Real joy comes from your eyes. I also see beauty here.” He ran a finger perilously close to her full lips. “When you smile it’s genuine.” The tremor that coursed through her made him want to spin her around, tilt her head back and claim her delectable mouth for a kiss that would make her forget who the devil Worthington was. The problem was the kiss might make him forget who the devil he was. Appalled at the desire she inspired in him, he forced himself under control, inch by painful inch, until the detachment that had always been a part of his life when it came to women descended over him like a fog blanketing the countryside. He forced his fingers to release her arms and break the contact that made him feel tethered to this woman who was supposed to mean nothing to him. Yet words that needed to be spoken still burned his throat. “Never forget that a dress cannot make you beautiful, because you are already heartbreakingly so.”
This book was captivating. The prologue alone had me breathless with a sense of despair for the main characters parents at the beginning during his birth. It was simply heart breaking what happens to their marriage and subsequently how it affects everyone in the house. The book moves forward a bit and so we move on to our main character the naughty rakish Colin. He was terribly affected by the fallout of his parents marriage and became well known as a rake around ton. He works hard to perfect the image, but he does it for a reason. Now many years later that image is beginning to get old and the reasons behind it aren't needed. His lifestyle has begun to sour on him. But now though his image is tarnished and no one would see him as he truly is, as he wants to be. At least until he meets his best friends sister Amelia. The one he has heard about during the whole time they have been friends but had never met.
These two characters made me laugh with their antics as well as cringe in sympathy with Amelia as she struggled with ridicule by her peers. I can't help but love Amelia she makes me think of me when I was a teen. She is oblivious to what is in front of her and torn when she starts to see it. She thinks she is in love with another man because of one act of kindness. And this wouldn't be a good book without a bit of drama in it. It was perfectly orchestrated and the end results make me crave another book.. and after you read this one you will know who I want a book for.. who I want to have HIS happily ever after.
This book was well thought out, well written, and it was enjoyable to read. I don't think I put it down once I started reading it. Colin and Amelia were perfectly paired. Their romance was not easy and had plenty of bumps on the way, but when the passion between them ignited it really blew hot. I will be keeping my eyes out for further books and hoping for a few more with these characters. I truly do want that book for him! This is definitely a book to recommend.
About the Author
Julie Johnstone is a best-selling author of Regency Romance and the author of a new urban fantasy/paranormal romance book. She’s been a voracious reader of books since she was a young girl. Her mother would tell you that as a child Julie had a rich fantasy life made up of many different make believe friends. As an adult, Julie is one of the lucky few who can say she is living the dream by working with her passion of creating worlds from her imagination. When Julie is not writing she is chasing her two precocious children around, cooking, reading or exercising. Julie loves to hear from her readers. You can send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or find her at www.juliejohnstoneauthor.com, or on Facebook at authorjuliejohnstone and juliejohnstoneauthor or at twitter @juliejohnstone.