Review: The Stranger I Wed by Harper St. George

Posted April 22, 2024 by Ang in Historical Romance, Rating B, Reviews Tags: , , ,

Book cover of The Stranger I Wed by Harper St. GeorgeThe Stranger I Wed
Author:
Harper St. George
Reviewer:
 Ang
Rating: B

What I’m Talking About:

If you’re a fan of contract marriages slowly sizzling with electricity, then pick up The Stranger I Wed by Harper St George. Cora Dove may have just been looking for a way to gain her inheritance and take care of her family, but what she found was Leo, a sexy as hell gentleman wanting to take care of her, if she’ll allow it.

What I enjoyed most was watching Cora and Leo learn how much they have in common as they form a beautiful friendship waiting for benefits. Watching both of them struggle with the chemistry and not knowing what to do with it offered moments of heat and humor while adding a slow simmer to the novel.

Watching Leo teach Cora that she is more than a means to an end and deserved to be loved and wanted was so sweet. Watching Cora teach Leo how to let his guard down and love again without even realizing that was what she was doing was absolutely lovely.

The backdrop of ballrooms and beautiful homes was the perfect setting for this couple. It was so lovely to see Cora where she should have been her entire life, if life was fair.

My only struggle was the relationship between Cora’s parents; her dad’s need to control everything after walking away was maddening. Her mother’s ability to allow him back into her children’s lives was equally infuriating. I realize the behavior is likely era appropriate, but I desperately wanted someone to stand up for Cora and her sisters in a loud, in-your-face way. I was so angry at how the people in Cora’s life failed to protect and truly care for her that I had a visceral reaction. I guess that just goes to show the strength of Ms. St George’s writing; that I literally wanted to punch characters.

As I said in the beginning if you want a slow simmering summer read check out The Stranger I Wed by Harper St. George just be sure you have a pool nearby to cool off once the seduction is complete because things do be getting spicy.

My Rating: B
Ang

About the Book:

New to wealth and to London high society, American heiress Cora Dove discovers that with the right man, marriage might not be such an inconvenience after all. . . .

Cora Dove and her sisters’ questionable legitimacy has been the lifelong subject of New York’s gossipmongers and a continual stain on their father’s reputation. So when the girls each receive a generous, guilt-induced dowry from their dying grandmother, the sly Mr. Hathaway vows to release their funds only if Cora and her sisters can procure suitable husbands—far from New York. For Cora, England is a fresh start. She has no delusions of love, but a husband who will respect her independence? That’s an earl worth fighting for.

Enter: Leopold Brendon, Earl of Devonworth, a no-nonsense member of Parliament whose plan to pass a Public Health bill that would provide clean water to the working class requires the backing of a wealthy wife. He just never expected to crave Cora’s touch or yearn to hear her thoughts on his campaign—or to discover that his seemingly perfect bride protects so many secrets…

But secrets have a way of bubbling to the surface, and Devonworth has a few of his own. With their pasts laid bare and Cora’s budding passion for women’s rights taking a dangerous turn, they’ll learn the true cost of losing their heart to a stranger—and that love is worth any price.

Release Date: April 23, 2024
Publisher:
Berkley
Series:
The Doves of New York #1
Genre:
Historical Romance
Format(s):
paperback (368 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley

Purchase Info:
Amazon (affiliate link)