About the Book:
As a founding member of the Free Fellows League—a group of four gentlemen who signed a pledge to never wed when they were lads—Griffin, Viscount Abernathy, swears that he will put off marrying as long as possible. But when he is suddenly called off to war, he has no choice but to obey his father’s wishes and find a wife…
Just days later, he marries the lovely Lady Alyssa. For a man committed only to his freedom, she seems a perfect—and perfectly undemanding—bride. Intelligent and self-sufficient, Alyssa craves her independence just as much as Griffin loves his. But as the irresistible attraction between them flourishes with every look and touch, they discover there is something they desire even more than a loveless marriage of convenience—the passion they find in each other’s arms…
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True Love vs Pride… Love Wins Every Time
Alyssa us a fantastic female character. She doesn’t care what others think if her “unnatural” interest in manure and gardening. Her mother dreams of her becoming a duchess, but all she wants is her freedom to do as she pleases, which includes planning and creating her own garden. But she must toe the line until the end of the Season.
When Griffin and Alyssa meet as a few long looks across the ballrooms of ton and an eavesdropped conversation, Griffin and Alyssa both agree that a marriage between them would suit their needs without the entanglement of sentiment and love. I loved the fact that they both think that their agreement is a practical one. It did annoy me that they both kept their true feelings covered until the very end of the story where in the usual fashion, the man is pigheaded and selfish while thinking that he is being noble but Alyssa isn’t the usual woman. She decides to call his bluff.
Seeing the different opportunities that many covet but these two waste because of pride made me want to slap them Three Stooges style. But I have to say that I laughed, cried, screamed in frustration, and in the end applauded both Griffin and Alyssa. I look forward to the stories of the secondary characters of the Free Fellows League, especially since I couldn’t put this book down.