Inherited as the Gentleman’s Bride by Carol Arens

Posted September 29, 2022 by Marsha in Harlequin, Harlequin Historical, Owned or Purchased, Series, Sexual Content, Victorian Romance / 0 Comments

To keep her home…She must marry!

When Elizabeth Morsely’s beloved farm is sold to a genteel London family, she’s stunned to learn that she’s part and parcel…as a bride!

This country girl believes she’ll have nothing in common with her city groom, William Grant, except he’s as reluctant to wed as she is.

They agree to a platonic partnership until Elizabeth glimpses the pure heart behind William’s aristocratic demeanor.

Might their arranged marriage become more after all?

Titles in The Rivenhall Weddings series include — Inherited as the Gentleman’s Bride —♥— In Search of a Viscountess —♥— A Family for the Reclusive Baron —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

Title:  Inherited as the Gentleman’s Bride
Series:  The Rivenhall Weddings #1
Author:  Carol Arens
Genre:  Historical Romance, Victorian Romance
Published:  February 22, 2022
Publisher:  Harlequin Historical
My Rating:  4 stars

I love a good slow-burn romance, one where the couple is forced together by circumstances beyond their control and has to make the best of it at the very least.  But sometimes making do with what life hands you and instead, improving on it can make all the difference in two people’s lives.  Just like for Elizabeth and William in Inherited as the Gentleman’s Bride.

I enjoyed watching this couple lose the aloofness that they started with and slowly, daily start to like each other, then begin to depend on each other, and when trust comes along then love isn’t far behind.  Imagine your home being sold but you are part of that bargain, that sale in order to continue the lineage of the farm that is well known in the area.  That would be hard to handle for me – and it was for Elizabeth as well.  Being sent out into the world without your family’s financial backing when that’s what you’ve grown up with is the dilemma that William faces.  Between the two of them, this marriage of convenience is becoming far more, a chance for real happiness but there are risks.  I loved seeing them loosen up, take control of the situation in their own unique way, and slowly come to care about and eventually love each other enough to find that happy ending that neither thought was possible when they first met.

Inherited as the Gentleman’s Bride is a well-written, thoughtful, emotional romance that easily caught my interest as I was drawn into William’s and Elizabeth’s new lives.  Full of interesting secondary characters, I can’t help but wonder who will be up for their romance next.  I had fun in this world and if you love a solid, good Historical Romance with believable characters in slightly unusual circumstances to find their happiness – then this opening title in The Rivenhall Weddings series would be perfect for you.

I own a Kindle edition of this title.

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