By Kat Martin
After their strategic “marriage of commerce” three years ago, Rule quite forgot about Violet Griffin, the teenage heiress to a Boston manufacturing fortune. He simply spoke his vows, took over her father’s business and returned to England to resume his usual pursuits: high-priced wine, high-stakes gambling and high-born women.
Yet when Violet, now a sophisticated woman, unexpectedly appears at Rule’s London townhouse, husbandly duties no longer seem so odious—he can’t wait to take his stunning bride to their marriage bed. Violet, however, is not so easily led: she has her own ideas and is seeking an annulment to marry another. But as Rule attempts to win her over, someone else is determined to frame him for murder and keep him out of the way for good….
This Blonde’s Review:
I could have Sworn I reviewed this book Months ago when I was able to get an ebook copy from Netgalley. Dang. Sorry people for not letting you know how much I Loved this book earlier!
This is the third book in Kat Martin’s Bride trilogy, we already know and love Rule from seeing him as part of his brother’s stories. Now we get to see his. Except… he wasn’t as single as they thought he was all that time. He was married already! To a child bride that he never bothered to return to claim. So our wonderful Violet decides to go see to him herself. Except she isn’t looking to claim her husband, she is looking for an annulment. Rule is surprised to find he doesn’t Want an annulment and looks to convince her otherwise. Violet of course thinks this is only because of the munitions factory they share ownership of. So they work out a deal. He is given time to attempt to woo her, and they look into another business to share since Violet is so eager to be out of the munitions business with the impending war at home in the United States.
I really loved Violet. I love that she was more than capable of running the munitions factory and that she was unwilling to chance selling weapons that could hurt the people she cared about during the war. She knew she couldn’t stop it, but she could take herself out of the equation. I also love that Rule was willing to see that nad look for an honorable person to buy the factories. Rule is such a great character as well, even with a possible murder charge hanging over his head.
This is a wonderful historical romance. If you love strong characters, misunderstandings, and someone out to sabotage the whole relationship, you’ll love seeing how Rule and Violet work things out. If I gave points for my reviews this would receive top marks in my book.