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Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Gray Life
The best for last! Okay, the whole series was freaking adorable and fun, but I thought this fourth and final installment of the Gentlemen Next Door series was the cherry on the sundae.
I loved it that Hanna was crushing on Hayden sense they were twelve. She was so adorable and tenacious and he was so determined to stay firm against her wiles. He was a mathematics scholar and by George he wasn’t going to allow for any distractions particularly of the sighing feminine variety like what his mother foisted onto his older brothers. Meanwhile, Hanna learned not to spout romance to Hayden, but she was definitely not over him. It was her only consolation after her mother died and her father moved to the country leaving her alone with Hayden’s mother as her chaperone for the Season.
Hayden is suspicious of his mother’s plans to launch Hanna and her insistence that he assist in this, but he figured it would get Hanna out of his hair sooner. He watches her use the knowledge his mother instilled about conversing and dancing, but doesn’t like her not acting like her usual lively self. He really doesn’t like Viscount Montcrief’s attentions to her and his treatment of her like she is simple. But defending Hanna isn’t the same as wanting to court her so he makes it clear again that he doesn’t want her. Only…he doesn’t understand what’s wrong with him when she finally listens and pursues other interests.
Hayden and Hanna were quite the pair and his Machiavellian mother just cracked me up. This one told a beautiful story in the few pages it had. It was strong and complete delivering good development and plot. I loved this pair of lovers and would love to have spent more time with them though it wasn’t because I felt something was missing from this story.
It was splendid and I would wholeheartedly recommend it. This one could definitely be read as a standalone or out of order in the series just fine. I also want to say that I think all these covers with the ladies were eyecatching and suited the stories.
My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.