Her Reluctant Groom by Rose Gordon Book 2 in the Groom Series
If you enjoy series you will want to read the Scandalous Sisters Series first and than the Grooms Series.
Emma Green has loved Marcus Sinclair since they first met as young tikes. Being four years younger than him, it was her older sister, Louise, that Marcus asked to marry when he was seventeen. After an accident that scarred Marcus badly, Louise ran off with a Duke. Emma felt that Marcus would never care for her after her sisters cruel treatment but she would often visit her friend Caroline or grit her teeth and spend time with Olivia, Marcus's sister, just so she could see him. Now that Caroline was married and Olivia off to the Americas, she rarely glimpsed the man she loved.
Marcus Sinclair was a recluse for the past thirteen years. If only he had waited until finishing school to propose to Louise he would have seen that Emma was the beauty, both inside and out. He also would not be the scarred and hollow man he had become. Even though he loved Emma he would never have her. That did not stop him from finding a way for her to stay with him for a few weeks. For some reason Emma was not staying with her sister but with Caroline and Alex, they were having a house party and Caroline had asked him to allow Emma to stay with him.
Emma discovered a book Alex had that helped her in her pursuit of her love. Lady Bird's Ladybird Memoirs, pictures included. A naughty little book that helped her understand things between a man and woman, and she tried to use what she learned to help her snag her man. Only Marcus did not feel worthy of her.
Rose will have you both laughing in crying in her stories. And you always get to visit old friends and meet new ones. In this book we get a chance to know Patrick Drakely better, his tale in in the next book. And we also meet Sir Wallace, Drake's cousin. A unique sort of fellow that you quickly fall in love with, even with his quirky ways.. such as counting anything he can when he's nervous. His story will be in the 4th book.
**Sexual situations within marriage.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)