Cinderella and the Scarred Viscount
An imperfect proposal…
But a perfect match?
Major James Rossington, Viscount Austerfield, survived Waterloo, but can he survive the Season as London’s most eligible bachelor? Convinced his battle scars make him unlovable, and to escape Society’s matchmakers, Ross proposes a wedding in name only to shy, sensible Carenza Bettridge. Liberated from her cruel stepmother and bullying half-sisters, she blossoms into a confident, altogether desirable woman. He promised Carenza a convenient marriage, but inconveniently finds himself wanting more…
This was such a gorgeous read! Ross and Carenza are both wonderful characters, and I think the use of the ‘Cinderella’ plotline here was really well done; I was worried there would be grotesque use of the wicked stepmother or sister characters, whereas actually, it’s done perfectly. Carenza is a dutiful daughter, who rarely thinks about anything other than her father’s happiness, so seeing her have her chance to shine was great. Equally, Ross is hidden in shadows of his own making (ish), and watching the pair of them grow together on the page made this an engrossing read throughout. I raced through it, keen to see how things turned out for this well-matched pair, and certainly wasn’t disappointed with the hint of suspense and action in the final chapters too. Highly recommended!
Sarah Mallory is an award-winning author who has published more than 30 historical romances with Harlequin Mills & Boon. She loves history, especially the Georgian and Regency. She won the prestigious RoNA Rose Award from the Romantic Novelists Association in 2012 and 2013. Sarah also writes romantic historical adventures as Melinda Hammond. Sarah lived for many years on the Yorkshire Pennines, taking inspiration from the wild and rugged moors. Then in 2018 she fell in love with Scotland and ran away to live on the rugged North West Coast, which is proving even more inspiring.
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