A rogue nobleman, a rescued lady, and revenge undone by romance all play a part in New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston’s irresistible novel of best-laid plots, delicious deception, and unexpected passion.
Two years have passed since Josie Wentworth was bought from the Sioux for a gold watch and whisked back to England by Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne. When Marcus breaks his promise to return Josie to America, she ends up as a maid in the home of his charming but neglected nephews. Once Josie’s long-lost family finds her, however, the suddenly wealthy heiress sets out to save the two boys from their indifferent uncle—and teach the duke a lesson in honor.
Learning that Marcus is seeking a rich American bride to save his estate, Josie plots to catch his eye—certain he’ll never recognize the beauty she’s become as the ragged captive he rescued. But Josie doesn’t wager on her marital charade taking a tender turn, as the nobleman she’s despised for years proves to be a very different man than she’s imagined. And there’s no denying his passionate caresses, as she falls deeper under the spell of a husband determined to claim her heart.
Do you ever open a book, anticipating that you wouldn’t really like it, and then end up devouring it? That is exactly what happened to me with Blackthorne’s Bride by Joan Johnston.
I’m not the historical romance type. You can see that clearly by all the paranormal plaguing my blog. But I attended RWA2017 and Joan was a speaker so while determining what workshops to attend, I decided to skim one of her titles and see if she was any good.
Well, I wound up staying up until 4am devouring this book. If that doesn’t tell you just how good it is, I don’t know what will. The opening scene packs one hell of a punch and Joan never lets up. Every scene begins and ends with a bang. Joan is a master in her craft and I can’t wait to read the rest of her catalog because she has officially turned this paranormal junkie into a historical romance lover….at least when it comes to Joan Johnston.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Joan Johnston, the top ten New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the Bitter Creek (THE COWBOY, THE TEXAN and THE LONER plus 18 more including the Mail-Order Bride, Captive Hearts and Sisters of the Lone Star series) and Hawk’s Way (nine in all) novels, has written more than fifty-five award-winning historical and contemporary romance novels, thirty-eight of which are connected. She received an M.A. in theater from the University of Illinois and graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law at Austin. Joan Johnston lives in Colorado and South Florida.