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Read A Husband for Hartwell

Read A Husband for Hartwell

He must marry, or risk his fortune.

The whole of London Society has long assumed Lord William Hartwell will marry his childhood best friend, Lady Rebecca Warrington. After two Seasons, Hartwell remains quite content with bachelorhood–his parents do not. When Hartwell learns they intend to cut his purse strings unless he makes a match this Season, he resigns himself to a marriage of convenience with Becca, and yet he can’t help but be drawn to her younger brother, Warry.

He must marry, or risk his sister’s ruin.

The Viscount “Warry” Warrington is used to being viewed as the tagalong little brother. Now a grown man about to enter his second Season, Warry is desperate to be seen. When Lord Balfour, a handsome older peer, takes Warry under his wing, Warry thinks his dream is finally coming true. Until Balfour reveals his true intent–to make public a letter that will destroy Becca’s reputation, unless Warry agrees to marry him.

Time is running out for both of them.

When an injury forces Warry to recover at Hartwell House, the two succumb to a secret flirtation. But Warry’s sudden announcement of his engagement to Balfour drives Hartwell near mad with jealousy–and right into Becca’s arms. With the clock ticking for Warry to save his sister, will Hartwell discover the truth of Warry’s feelings before it’s too late?

Read the whole thing but should have quit. Hartwell treats the younger love interest poorly throughout the whole book – I thought he would get better but he kept digging himself deeper into dickishness.

It was also extremely uncomfortable that he’s portrayed as the good option compared to the bad guy when he “accidentally” nearly shoots the other man with an arrow. Both are bad options, and Hartwell certainly did not redeem his inexcusable behavior. He’s petty and jealous and dismissive and cruel at turns. Both of them hurt each other but I give the abuse victim a pass for defending himself and calling out bad behavior.

Also, Hartwell’s most memorable quality is burping in people’s faces? Not attractive.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at tracy.durnell@gmail.com. She/her.

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