Monday, February 24, 2014

A Wicked Pursuit by Isabella Bradford

A Wicked Pursuit by Isabella Bradford.
This is book 1 in the Breconridge Brothers series, which is connected to her Wylder Sisters series.

The Earl of Hargreave, Harry Fitzroy, heads to the country to finally propose to the beautiful Julia Barclay. Once there, they go on an early morning ride where Harry will finally get his chance to propose. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned and Harry is thrown from his horse.  Having broken both bones in his leg, Harry is forced to convalesce at the Barclay home.

Lady Augusta, Gus, has always been in the shadow of her beautiful sister. But when Harry is injured, it is Gus and not Julia that steps up to make sure that his recovery goes smoothly.

Julia has run back to London and Gus must make excuses to Harry. Forever the one to look after everything, Gus does her best to entertain Harry while he recuperates. As Harry spends time with Gus, he realizes that he almost proposed to the wrong sister. He would have been miserable with Julia.

As he sets out to win the heart of Gus, he remembers how he became injured and is angry at himself.  Because of his antics, he can not be the husband he would like to be for Gus.  Can Gus convince him that he is good enough just as he is?

I really enjoyed this story.  Gus was the ugly duckling that turned into the swan with the love of Harry. 

When Harry is introduced, I felt he was kinda of an @$$.  When he was injured, he started inviting all these people to Gus's home and having a bunch of things delivered, including his dogs. I was a little taken aback by his high-handedness, but then thought about how the son of a duke would have been raised.  As a future duke, everything would have been catered to him and his every wish fulfilled. Then he realized that his feelings for Gus were more than just friendship and his actions made me fall in love with him. He wanted Gus to see herself as he saw her, not as she had seen herself her whole life.

This is an awesome start to a new series and I can't wait for the rest of it to come out.  This is the first book of Bradford's that I have read and I was impressed with it. I will definitely be going back and reading her Wylder Sisters series.

You can get this book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound

Thanks go to NetGalley and Ballentine Books for a copy of the book in exchange on an honest review.

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