I had a hell of a time trying to write the above. This is a complicated story, one I really enjoyed reading because it nearly made my heart bleed in compassion.
Millie has known she would not marry for love. When her first arranged fiance passes away, his heir takes his place. To her surprise, she finds herself in love with him, a sentiment he clearly does not share toward her. In fact, his heart lies with his childhood love, Isabelle. Knowing the marriage will occur regardless of personal feelings, Millie makes a deal with Fitz – they will be husband and wife in public, but in private their affairs are their own, provided they are discreet. Fitz amends the deal to a time limit, stating that in eight years they will commit to producing heirs, and upon success they will go their separate ways.
The eight years passes fairly quickly, and Fitz and Millie have actually become good, close friends. Millie is head over heels in love with her husband, though he is completely clueless to it. His own attentions lately have been taken by the return of the newly widowed Isabelle. Millie knows her time with him is limited, and she’s come to accept it. When he approaches her about the pact they made, she is shocked and terrified -the last thing she wants is physical intimacy with him. It would be like twisting the knife into her heart. She reluctantly agrees, Fitz perplexed by her hesitation. When he begins to realize how much he has changed over time and how much Millie has come to mean to him, he’s forced to re-evaluate his grand plan for his future.
What a story. This is one of those stories that’s damn near impossible to put down until you get some agreeable closure. Millie is a crazy-selfless heroine, constantly putting others before herself. Fitz is a good man, though immature upon his first meeting and year or so with his wife. Their friendship is true and uncomplicated, a foundation that gradually (and sneakily) builds into a romantic relationship. Ya’ll – I seriously read this book in, oh, four hours or so. I think I finally turned off the Kindle around 1:30am. I really liked this book. The only complaint I’d have is that the ending felt a bit rushed. There was such a build up with the back story between these two, that by the time Fitz finally came around it all seemed to happen in the blink of an eye. Otherwise – MWAH! Loved it.
Ravishing the Heiress by Sherry Thomas
Romance: 4/5 Raunch: 3.5/5