Book 2 in The Survivor’s Club Series
Genre: Adult Regency Romance
Summery from Goodreads
Desperate to escape his mother’s matchmaking, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, flees to a remote country village. But even there, another marital trap is sprung. So when Miss Sophia Fry’s intervention on his behalf finds her unceremoniously booted from her guardian’s home, Vincent is compelled to act. He may have been blinded in battle, but he can see a solution to both their problems: marriage.
At first, quiet, unassuming Sophia rejects Vincent’s proposal. But when such a gloriously handsome man persuades her that he needs a wife of his own choosing as much as she needs protection from destitution, she agrees. Her alternative is too dreadful to contemplate. But how can an all-consuming fire burn from such a cold arrangement? As friendship and camaraderie lead to sweet seduction and erotic pleasure, dare they believe a bargain born of desperation might lead them both to a love destined to be?
Vincent Hunt is blind and being smothered by his mom and sisters. They want him to get married and he runs away rather then marry who they chose for him. He runs to his old home and sense he has become titled the rich family of the neighborhood wants him to marry their daughter and are not above tricking him into doing it. When Sophia who is the cousin of the girl they want him to marry and the poor relation saves him and gets kicked out by her family. Vincent and Sophia make an arrangement and get married. But will they fall in love and see that they are perfect for each other.
I loved Vincent when I meet him in The Proposal(book 1 in the series). I love him even more in his own story. You learn how he was blinded in battle and more about him. I loved his personality in the first book and my read on him was right. He is so sweet and kind. He loves music. Vincent has panic attacks and his telling of how it was when he was first blind and at that time deaf was heartbreaking. I can understand how all him and his friends are so bonded together from their experiences. I learned about what it is like to be blind from this book and all the challenges that come with it. I also realized that you take so much for granted when you can see.
I love the heroine Sophia. She reminds me a bit of Fanny Price from Mansfield Park. She is small,has low-self esteem,and her family don’t treat her well. Her aunts and uncle and cousins are worthless and I can’t stand them. Sophia has a rich inner-life and her own thoughts are her best companions(to quote what Jane Austen said of Fanny Price. I thought it fit Sophia so well)until she meets Vincent. She loves to draw and make up stories.
Mary Balogh always writes such real characters broken pieces and all. She has such depth to all her characters. Vincent and Sophia’s love is of the quiet kind and not a roller coaster of passion like most romance novels. It is not a romantic book and that is what is missing for me. I am a hopeless romantic and wish that Vincent and Sophia’s story was such. If you are looking for a romantic story then I can’t recommend this book. If you are looking for a book about two broken people finding friendship,freedom,and then love this book is for you.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Content Rating: Mature 17+(sex scenes(not graphic)and mild language)
Heat Level: Warm
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