By Lynsay Sands
Madison Sisters Book 2
Desperately seeking a husband . . .
Suzette is not like other heiresses; she wants a poor husband, a gentleman who will be so grateful for her dowry that he will allow her access to it so that she can pay off her father’s gambling debts. When this alluring beauty encounters Daniel Woodrow—handsome, titled, single . . . and even more impoverished than she could have hoped for—it seems Suzette’s wildest dreams have come true.
But Daniel has not been truthful. Tired of being accosted by an endless stream of vapid coquettes and their fortune-hunting mothers, Daniel has decided to plead poverty to stop them in their tracks. Yet here is a most refreshing and delectable lady, who claims to be thrilled by his penury. Now all Daniel has to do to find true happiness is to keep a little white lie alive . . . while avoiding a villain who’s determined to prevent this union by any means necessary.
This Blonde’s Review:
If you have read The Countess, book one in the Madison Sisters Trilogy, then you are already familiar with Suzette and Daniel. Since this story overlaps the first story in the series you will want to read The Countess first. We do get to see what happened in book one from Suzette and Daniel’s points of view, so it isn’t identical either.
Suzette is my kind of heiress. She’s headstrong, knows what she wants, and won’t let society matter to her. She decides she needs a poor man. Her goal is to have a grateful husband who will allow her to pay off her father’s gambling debts and allow her freedom after their marriage. She is very eager to avoid the type of marriage her sister, Christiana, was trapped into. Suzette gets lucky and finds Daniel at her first ball. He appears to be the perfect man for her. He’s poor and he’s attractive. Except he’s not really poor.
Daniel doesn’t know what to think of Suzette with her bold proposal. While helping his friend Richard dispose of a body Suzette finds Daniel in her room and assumes he has accepted her proposal. Since he certainly can’t tell her why he’s really there, Daniel goes along with the idea. From there Suzette rolls right on with her plans and right over his uncertainty. The unusual circumstances with Christiana and Richard throw Suzette and Daniel together often, and they are regularly left alone.
As we can expect, Suzette and Daniel discover they are very sexually compatible during their times alone. Before long Daniel accepts what Suzette already knows and starts to look forward to marrying her.
Of course as the background to this we have Christiana and Richard’s problems with disposing of a dead body, trying to discover who killed the body, and find out who is after Richard. We discover that Daniel and Suzette have problems to solve as well. When Suzette believes Daniel has left her she finds herself with another man and realizes she has more problems than she knew.
Suzette is such a strong character, I can’t help but love her. She won’t take anything from anyone. Daniel is the man who is strong enough to handle her without trying to change her. They are a perfect fit and I love when that happens! Seeing what Lynsay Sands has done with Christiana and Suzette I can’t wait to read what she does with Lisa! Clearly she is going to end up with Robert, the sister’s childhood friend. Sadly they don’t have as much obvious attraction as we see from Daniel and Suzette in the first book, but you do see moments. We have another Year to wait for Lisa’s story, so maybe that’s a good thing since it’ll be hard enough to wait.
If you enjoyed the first book I’m sure you’re already eager to see what happens with Daniel and Suzette. If not this is a series you should get ahold of.
If historical romances with strong women who find men who are perfect for them and accept them as they are then you’ll love this. If the addition of a wonderful family who doesn’t hesitate to jump in to help with the craziness appeals to you as well then this could be a winning series for you. I know I loved it and I’m sure you will too.