Synopsis: Emma Hallaway has not seen her husband in twelve years—and that’s fine with her. As a young girl, she’d agreed to a simple marriage of convenience, allowing her to pursue her private passion for painting. And though unknown to the rest of polite society, Emma is now one of the most daring and sought-after artists in London. However, when her secret is threatened to be exposed, Emma is forced to open her heart—and her home—to a total stranger: her husband…
Richard Mansfield, Earl of Asbury, is all too familiar with danger. As a matter of fact, it is hard on his heels when he returns to England. Still, even he is shocked to learn of his wife’s scandalous double life as an artist. But once he sees the vibrant grown woman she has become—so passionate, so strong, and so alluring—his undeniable attraction to Emma stuns him. Suddenly Richard is determined to turn their sham of a marriage into a true and lasting love. But how exactly does a gentleman seduce his own wife?
Review: The synopsis for this book is misleading. It talks about a marriage of convenience and that Emma was fine with her husband being gone because it allowed her to pursue her painting. When in fact, it was a marriage arranged by their parents, she was just 15 years old and her father said he wanted her to marry before he died seeing as his wife just died. Right after they were married, literally moments after consummating their marriage, Richard leaves and goes off traveling the world. Emma takes up painting to pass her time. Also we’re led to believe there is going to be some ~danger chasing after Richard but aside from a knife wound at the beginning there isn’t much. Keep in mind I stopped reading about 3/4ths of the way through the book. I felt the plot and storyline were like 100 other historical romances out there and this one was just boring, it didn’t hold my attention. It went from one scene of seduction to the next with very little else in between. As for the characters there wasn’t a single one that I liked and wanted to continue reading this book to find out what was going to happen to them.
Recommendation: I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone. If you are interested in this genre I suggest an author like Alexandra Hawkins. There are many more good authors in my goodreads account as well.