Karen Hawkins' latest book in the "Duchess Diaries" series, doesn't disappoint on any level.
There's heat, humor, misunderstandings and finally, love. A hero who claims love is for the young and a heroine who will settle for nothing less, but who has to learn that while love is a grand passion, not every gesture of it is huge.
Lord Kirk is a recluse, has been since the accident that claimed his first wife during an incident on a ship they were traveling on. He has a scar on his face and a limp. He has been alone so long and despises society, where he feels he is always stared at for both. It has led him to become reclusive and a bit of a curmudgeon. He has reached the advanced age of 28.
Dhalia Balfour has seen her sisters get married for love and she wants nothing less than a grand passion. One that will sweep her off of her feet and change her life completely. She thought she had a friend in Lord Kirk, as they shared similar views on many things, not the least of which was the books they had bonded over completely by accident.
After Lord Kirk makes a mull of asking for her hand, Dahlia drops him and refuses to see him any longer. But she still misses him.
Enter the Duchess of Roxburghe, godmother to both Lord Kirk and Dahlia, she invites Dahlia for her annual Christmas ball, knowing that Dahlia is hoping to find love and marriage during her stay. In the meantime, Lord Kirk has asked for her help. He wants another chance with Dahlia, but can't get her to talk to him.
We watch as the two once-friends meet again and secrets that Lord Kirk didn't tell Lady Roxburghe come out - almost derailing the train before it has a chance to even leave the station.
Through laughter, pain and many tears, both come to see what was obvious to the Duchess from the get-go. These two are meant for each other, if only they will open their eyes.
I loved Dahlia, she reminded me much of myself and taught me a thing or two in the process of her learning. Lord Kirk was dashing and a bit of a grump, candid in the extreme, with little thought for the niceties of society. And I loved him through and through.
Read How to Entice an Enchantress. You'll be enticed too, and if you haven't read the others in the series? Do. Karen never disappoints and I'm so happy I get to read her books. They always leave me smiling.