Series: Darkest London #3.5
Published by Forever Romance on November 5, 2013
Genres: Historical Romance, PNR, Romance, Steampunk, Victorian Romance
Source: Advance Reader Copy, NetGalley
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Eamon Evernight has always lived in his older brother's shadow. While his brother is fair of hair and lithe in body, Eamon sparks fear with his fiery locks and massive frame-and rumors of a mysterious power. But when his brother has the good fortune to be betrothed to a beautiful stranger, it's Eamon's help-and quick wit and romantic heart--that he needs. Eamon agrees to write the noble lady...a generous offer that will forever leave him a changed man.
Lady Luella Jane Moran has no interest in an arranged marriage and tries valiantly to dissuade her betrothed from afar. Though her own letters plainly state her case, the words her husband-to-be writes her leave her aching for his touch. Will Lu give in to the desire the missives have kindled within her? Or will desire turn cold when she discovers their true author?
Oh wow! A ginger, blacksmith, shy, virgin hero? I’m so in!
This novella may be a part of Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London series, but it works well on its own. And I really loved it.
Aidan Evernight is betrothed to Luella Ballyloch and he wants none of it. But he decides that it’s probably for the best for reasons only hinted at. However Aidan can’t read or write so he goes to his younger brother Eamon and asks for him to read him the letter his new fiancée has sent him. Unfortunately she doesn’t want to marry him. So Aidan begs Eamon to write to her and change her mind.
For the next few years Luella and Eamon write back and forth. And fall in love. But Lu believes she’s writing to Aidan, and Eamon knows this will end in sorrow and longing for himself. When Lu comes to Ireland from Scotland to marry her love Aidan, she doesn’t understand his cold welcome. Nor does she understand her warm feelings for his tall ginger-haired brother.
Eamon was hated by his father, and the only joys he knows are in his smithy, for he’s a blacksmith, and his letters from Lu. But he knows it can never be. Not only is she meant for his brother, she’d never want a hulking, red-haired brute who is whispered about in the village. Oh did I mention? This is an Historical Paranormal Romance. Eamon has another secret (that I won’t spoil).
But he isn’t the only one with secrets. Lu has one of her own, and boy is it a doozy. I never saw it coming, but once I read it, it made complete sense. She slowly falls in love with Eamon while not understanding why Aidan is so distant. Until she realizes why he’s so different from the Aidan of the letters.
This is such a great story with a shy hero who you can’t help but love. I won’t tell you what happens, but what can you do when you’re in love with one brother, but promised to the other?
***ARC courtesy of Forever Romance