This is my first Ava Bond book, and I loved it! I can’t believe it has taken me this long to find this fantastic author. The Viscount’s Reluctant Bride is an intriguing, clever, action-packed romance. This book has elements of grumpy/sunshine main characters, Beauty And The Beast, and a marriage of convenience. All these beautiful elements perfectly blend to create a passionate romance I couldn’t put down!
English spy and Viscount Gregory Silverton has battled his murderous, treacherous, treasonous twin for years. Upon finding out he is dying, Gregory decides to quickly find a wife to give him an heir so that his brother won’t inherit. Intelligent, sweet, and kind, Maeve Walsh chooses to be that woman in exchange for financial help for her family.
My blog readers know I love a jerk hero, and Gregory fits that description perfectly. I loved watching Gregory’s metamorphosis, from this recalcitrant, broody, irritated man to falling deeply in love with his wife. None of Gregory’s changes could have occurred without Maeve’s kindness, nurturing, and sweet spirit. Maeve is a shining, vibrant woman whose journey I adored. Both Gregory and Maeve stole my heart. The couple’s complex dynamic and the push and pull between fear and desire created beautiful scenes.
There is also plenty of intrigue, action, and passion. I will warn you there are some violent scenes, but nothing that bothered me. This book was an entertaining page-turner. The Viscount’s Reluctant Bride is the fourth book in the Oxford Set series. I am going back to read the previous books since I loved this one so much. Ava Bond has just been added to my auto-read list!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through BookSirens. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Release Date: September 21, 2022