I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Bachelor by Sabrina Jeffries
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Zebra Books on February 25, 2020
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Also by this author: If the Viscount Falls, How the Scoundrel Seduces, The Art of Sinning (Sinful Suitors, #1), Project Duchess
New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries features an irresistible family in a series to savor, as the grown children of a thrice-married dowager duchess piece together the stories of their fathers--while pursuing passions of their own . . .
Lady Gwyn Drake has long protected her family's reputation by hiding an imprudent affair from her youth. But when her former suitor appears at Armitage Hall, manhandling the heiress and threatening to go public with her secrets, it's Gwyn who needs protecting. Her twin brother, Thorn, hires Joshua Wolfe, the estate's gamekeeper, to keep her safe in London during her debut. As a war hero, Joshua feels obligated to fulfill the assignment he has accepted. But as a man, it's torment to be so very close to the beauty he's fought to ignore . . .
With handsome Joshua monitoring her every move, Gwyn would prefer to forget both the past and the parade of money-seeking bachelors at her coming out. But Joshua is unmoved by her attempts at flirtation, and the threat of blackmail still hangs over her. With danger closing in, Gwyn must decide which is the greater risk: deflecting a scoundrel's attempts to sabotage her--or revealing her whole heart to the rugged bodyguard she can't resist . . .
Here is what I thought
I enjoyed the first one so much I couldn’t help but just dive into this one since I had the eARC! I loved Joshua and Gwyn from the first book so I knew this one would be good!
Gwyn has done somethings in her young that she is trying to keep secret but then he rears his ugly head demanding money to stay quiet or he will tell all to the scandal rags! When Joshua finds them together and it looks like the man is trying to harm Gwyn he steps in. He also tells her brother about it because the man is a scoundrel they have had dealing with before.
Gwyn even though really almost to old for the marriage mart is having her first debut in London, so Thorn decides to hire Joshua to be Gwyn’s bodyguard. Joshua isn’t real thrilled about it and neither is Gwyn but it’s either him or Thorn and she will take Joshua. Joshua has plans to try and get back into the Royal Marines and get off of half pay but it doesn’t go so well for him but he does end up with a job that suits him and it involves spying on the same guy that he is supposed to be protecting Gwyn from.
Joshua sees himself as always being a bachelor because of his war wounds and not being able to use his leg well, he has a cane to help himself around. He has feelings for Gwyn but she is an heiress and knows there is no way she would ever want to marry a cripple on half pay salary. So having to be around her all the time is unbearable, especially having to watch other men dance with her. Gwyn has her reason for staying unmarried all this time and figures she will never marry because once a man finds out her past they will not want her, and she really doesn’t want Joshua to find out as she really likes him.
The two main characters are so great and they definitely belong with each other and I had a lot of fun with them. The banter between the two was great. Gwyn is beautiful and bold while Joshua has the broody sexy thing going on, they both had things they had to overcome and it was just well…fun to read about.
I can’t wait to read the next one that is about Thorn who swears he is not looking for a wife…lol. If you enjoy historical romances and just need a fun escape I would recommend this series!