Title: Wishing Game
Blush sensuality level: This is a sweet romance (kisses only, no sexual content).
The Earl of Westbridge is dying, and without a male heir. His daughter, Mary, will lose her home if she does not marry before her father passes. She has already turned down two men while holding onto the hope of finding true love. In her desperation, she plays the wishing game, a childhood folly devised to chase away fear during thunderstorms.
Avery is the unwilling heir to the Westbridge earldom. He arrives a few days before the spring holiday in the middle of a horrific storm to offer his assistance to his distant cousin. Expecting a spinster who had been put on the shelf, he certainly never expected to develop feelings for the beautiful Mary Barrow.
Mistrust and doubt engulf them. It will take a miracle to bring them together. Or maybe just a wish come true.
A Blush® Regency romance from Ellora’s Cave
Author: A.S. Fenichel
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Mayan Inferno, Joshua's Mistake, Training Rain
Published: 6 March 2014
Genres: Historical Romace
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A delightful heroine, the only daughter of an ailing Earl, Mary is the highlight of the story. Unmarried, and thus at peril as laws will not allow her to inherit lands or title upon her father’s impending death, she is approaching the crisis point. Her father’s illness has left him severely weakened, and while he is loath to leave his daughter untended, there just may be no chance.
When the distant heir to the estate arrives with less than a week to the Lady’s Day celebrations, Mary is initially convinced he is there much like a vulture, ready to pick the spoils and eye the estate’s value. In truth, Avery has no interest in the title or the lands, were he able to adjust the inheritance in such a way as to cede control to her, he would do so. But she intrigues him, and soon he is feeling much more for her than simple concern over her situation.
Fenichel manages to build the characters and their attraction to one another in a way that constantly keeps both of them off balance and displays their magnetic attraction but never develops further to a simple kiss or touch. Proper behavior is mentioned and approached, then flaunted with equal ease, as the story tells the highlights of the days leading to the ball, the highlight of the season’s festivities. Fast-paced and engaging this story is the perfect afternoon’s getaway.