My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Spice Level: 💋💋💋
After the tragic death of his wife, Jasper, the 8th Duke of Bainbridge buried himself away in the dark cold walls of his home, Castle Blackwood. When he’s coaxed out of his self-imposed exile to attend the amusements of the Frost Fair, his life is irrevocably changed by his fateful meeting with Lady Katherine Adamson.
With her tight brown ringlets and silly white-ruffled gowns, Lady Katherine Adamson has found her dance card empty for two Seasons. After her father’s passing, Katherine learned the unreliability of men, and is determined to depend on no one, except herself. Until she meets Jasper…
In a desperate bid to avoid a match arranged by her family, Katherine makes the Duke of Bainbridge a shocking proposition—one that he accepts.
Only, as Katherine begins to love Jasper, she finds the arrangement agreed upon is not enough. And Jasper is left to decide if protecting his heart is more important than fighting for Katherine’s love.
I absolutely loved this book! I read it in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. As always Christi’s characters feel so real that you can picture them and almost feel their feelings. I loved everything in the book especially how neither one realized that they needed each other. Neither one thought that a trip that they were against to the Frost Fair would change their lives forever and for the better. The way they talked to each other when they met will make you laugh with how straight forward they were and every time he talks about his fist wife your heart breaks.
Kathrine is a heroine I loved from the start. She is bold and has no problem standing up to Jasper. I laughed every time she got mad because I knew her finger would be waving and poking. When she made her offer to Jasper she did it in such a way that you knew she meant business and that she wasn’t going to run. She never backed down even when he told her about his wife and she was going to help him.
Jasper will break your heart and make you love him. He truly loved his wife and blamed himself for her death and punished himself. He could be cold to her at times, but because he loved her and didn’t want to belive it himself or open himself up to any feelings at all. I almost cried during the scene with her niece and him because it was so touching and a bit funny too. I did cry when he finally realized he loved and spoke to the painting.
Every character was interesting. I loved her twin sister because she wasn’t like everyone thought. Her mother feared what might happen to them so she pushed on her making her less than her sister. Both had people on staff that will make you smile and laugh.