Andrew Cardwell is a man driven by duty to his country and to his family. After the death of his uncle, he’s determined to provide security and stability for his family as the new Viscount Cardwell—even if that means marrying and producing an heir. Surprising himself, Andrew decides to sponsor a young artist named Jeremy for the season, to help him find a patron. What he doesn’t anticipate is how well Jeremy fits in his bed…and his life.
Jeremy Leighton knows what it’s like to be a disappointment. The only son of a vicar, he’s refused to follow the path his father set for him, choosing his passion for art, instead. He accepts Andrew’s proposal, hoping to prove to his father—and himself—that he can succeed as an artist. After spending time with Andrew in and out of bed, Jeremy struggles not to fall for the damaged viscount, knowing the season will likely end in Andrew’s engagement.
Between a meddling cousin, a widow on the hunt for a new husband, and their own doubts about the relationship, how can Andrew and Jeremy shed the expectations of others to find true happiness?
*I got and ARC of this book through Signal Boost Promotions in exchange for an honest review*
I was blown away by finding out this book was a debut after finishing it; Alyson Pearce has a talent I hope she keeps exploring, because I can’t wait to read what she writes next.
The romantic plot was nothing we haven’t read before: a more experienced man that offers to teach a younger and inexperienced one what he can get from having other men in his bed. We all know how this ends, right? But the author handled the relationship beautifully, and did a great job with it, so we get to enjoy immesely a story we’ve all read before.
That relationship and the characters were what drove the book for me. Andrew was stoic, and closed off after all his losses; and Jeremy was nervous and bright eyed. Watching them fall in love along the way, fight it, and then fight for themselves, was a great experience.
I loved Andrew’s friends and everything that happened around The Eccentrics. I really hope all of them get their own book and if that happens I’ll be reading them all.
I think Alyson Pearce did a great job with the setting and the historical period her story happens in. All the small details gave more richness to the story and the characters.
So I loved this, and I would recommend it without a doubt. If you like historical romance, give this author a chance, you won’t regret it.