Monday 30 May 2022

A Daring Pursuit: The Ruthless Rivals Book 2 by Kate Bateman (2022)


The Davies and Montgomery families have been locked in an ancient feud. But it’s a thin line between love and hate in Kate Bateman's A Daring Pursuit.

Carys Davies is doing everything in her power to avoid marriage. Staying single is the only way to hide the secret that could ruin her—and her family—if it was revealed. For the past two seasons she’s scandalized the 
ton with her outrageous outfits and brazen ways in a futile bid to deter potential suitors. Outwardly confident and carefree, inside she’s disillusioned with both men and love. There’s only one person who’s never bought her act—the only man who makes her heart race: Tristan Montgomery, one of her family’s greatest rivals.

Wickedly proper architect Tristan needs a respectable woman to wed, but he’s never stopped wanting bold, red-headed Carys. When she mockingly challenges him to show her what she’s missing by not getting married, Tristan shocks them both by accepting her indecent proposal: one week of clandestine meetings, after which they’ll go their separate ways. But kissing each other is almost as much fun as arguing, and their affair burns hotter than either of them expects. When they find themselves embroiled in a treasonous plot, can they trust each other with their hearts, their secrets…and their lives?

A lovely, scorching historical romance that you'll want to read in one sitting.
Carys gets a kick out of being scandalous and she absolutely delights in doing so in order to get a rise out of Tristan, her childhood enemy and the man she loves. Tristan can't help but respond and their verbal sparring is a joy to read. I loved how he challenged Carys on her behaviour but he wouldn't countenance anyone else causing her harm or upset, especially Lord Howe.
There's a whole cast of characters I want to get to know better. Carys has a large family of overprotective brothers and Tristan has a group of meddling aunts. There is a lot of humour in the book which made it lighthearted and fun to read.

A Daring Pursuit is out now.

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