Genres: Historical Romance
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Cold, arrogant, and demanding Henry Eldridge, Marquess of Riverton, would never dally with a mere servant. But when Henry is injured in a horrible fire, his pretty housekeeper Cassandra nurses him back to health, throwing them together day and night. As he slowly heals from his burns, their friendship blossoms, and the class walls between them start to crumble. Cassandra is surprised by glimpses of a kind and thoughtful man beneath her employer’s hard façade—and even more surprised when she develops tender feelings for him. But anything between lord and servant is impossible...and besides, as a widow, she knows love only leads to heartbreak.
Henry is changing, as well. His close brush with death has opened his eyes to his self-imposed emotional isolation...and has urgently reminded him of his duty to marry a well-bred lady and produce an heir. Determined to do right by his family name, he immediately begins searching for a suitable bride. But Cassandra is the only woman who is never far from his mind or his heart. Contrary to everything he’s been taught to believe, he realizes his lovely housekeeper might just be his perfect match. Now, if only he could convince everyone else of that. Especially Cassandra...
This was a charming story of forbidden love between the heir to a dukedom and his housekeeper. Riverton whom we met in The Mistake had always been cold and ruthless, and it was enjoyable seeing a sweeter and more charming side of him emerge the more he interacted with his housekeeper. Of course it took slowly falling in love with Cassandra to reveal the type of man he is, a man who underneath the cold exterior was truly honourable, passionate, and kind-hearted. The Marquis was a good character and I enjoyed him. Cassandra was just as equally well developed and I enjoyed her struggle with falling in love with a man she knew was unattainable, and overcoming the heartbreak of losing her husband to find love thrilling again. The romance between them was full of wit, sensual heat, and engaging. It was delightful to watch the romance between Riverton and Cassandra unfold and I recommend The Improper Bride to lovers of historical romance.