Liberty Banks loves revenge almost as much as she hates one Mister Paul Grimes, who, she considers to be the most improper creature she has ever clapped eyes upon. But when her plans for revenge against Paul go bust, she suddenly finds herself walking down the aisle to him.
Once married, a battle of the wills breaks out as each tries to reform the other. Liberty wants nothing more than to have a proper husband. And, much to Liberty’s dismay, Paul will stop at nothing to have is all too proper wife do something--anything--to break the rules of society, specifically do the most improper thing imaginable which is to fall in love with the most improper man: her own husband.
When I read the first book in this series, Intentions of the Earl, I knew there was definite potential in Rose Gordon's writing style. This book exceeded my expectations and really made me anxious for more of her work.
Liberty was not my favorite character in the first book because I found her and her obsession with propriety annoying. But, Ms. Gordon did the almost impossible and made me care for Liberty. Her characterization is well-done and sympathetic. Her obsession with etiquette could not completely quelch her desire for revenge and adventure. Liberty's fears for disappointing her father, and later husband, were understandable and really shaped how she acted in the later sections of the book.
Paul Grimes, the handsome vicar, was a joy to read. He did not completely understand Liberty's animosity towards him, but he still cared enough about her to help her in times of need. Paul's past and family were a mystery for a significant portion of the book, but offered up a decent explanation for his protective and gentle nature.
One of biggest joys of this book was watching Liberty and Paul learn to live together after their marriage. Both are determined for it to remain a marriage in name only, but their interactions make it difficult. It was so obvious to me, as a reader, that they were perfect for each other and it was entertaining to watch them figure it out for themselves.
I look forward to reading more of Ms. Gordon's work especially the next in the series. I know it is Madison's story and I have a sneaking suspicion who were love interest will be. Definitely recommended to fans of sweet historical romances.
1. Intentions of the Earl
2. Liberty For Paul
3. To Win His Wayward Wife