Harry Fitzroy, as the future Duke of Breconridge knows it’s finally time to find a wife. He decides on this season’s smash – Lady Julia Barclay. She is everything he wants in a wife; beautiful and vivacious. When he arrives at her father’s house to propose he is met with her viewing his arrival insignificance and flits from one gentleman to another. Not used to being led around Harry finally gets her to agree to go riding one morning. As they ride around the estate, things take a turn for the worst as Harry is injured. Hoping to be nursed back to health by Lady Julia he is surprised to find that it is her sister Lady Augusta who has been with him since his injury. Harry soon finds himself in a precarious position…having feelings for Lady Augusta.
Lady Augusta Barclay is quite content managing her father’s home. She is more reserved (complete opposite) than her sister and likes it that way. Her quite life is quickly turned upside down by the injury to Harry Fitzroy and his indefinite stay at her home. She sees it as her duty to take care of him as he is a guest of her fathers. What she doesn’t anticipate is her feelings for him. Harry and Gus spend more and more time tighter they soon develop friendship of sorts. When that friendship changes into something more both are taken by surprise.
Lady Augusta or Gus as she is called is the quintessential “wallflower” in my opinion. She has always been in the shadow of her vivacious sister. She is surprised and dismayed when she starts to have feelings for Harry as she believes that he will marry her sister. As Gus spends more time with Harry and Julia spends more time in London, she starts to question her feelings. She soon comes to realize that she loves Harry and decides to be with him regardless of societies opinion. I applauded her for doing what she wanted to do and if that meant being with Harry so be it.
I hate to say but I was glad he fell and realized what a twit Julia is. He at first is captivated by her beauty but because of his injury he realizes that there is nothing beneath the surface. As he spends more time with Lady Augusta he realizes that she is a woman of intelligence and substance. Harry know sees that Lady Augusta is the woman for him. In some ways his injury was good for him as it made him appreciate his life.
A Wicked Pursuit is a sweet story about two people that find love in the most unexpected way. The story is well written with two wonderful characters that have a wonderful happily ever after.
From the Author:
In Isabella Bradford’s enthralling new trilogy, three noble brothers—London’s most scandalous rakes—are about to do the unthinkable: settle down. Harry Fitzroy, Earl of Hargreave, is the first to meet his match and lose his heart . . . to a lady who’s not all what he expected.
As the eldest son of the Duke of Breconridge, Harry Fitzroy is duty-bound to marry—and marry well. Giving up his rakish ways for the pleasures of a bride’s bed becomes a delightful prospect when Harry chooses beautiful Lady Julia Barclay, the catch of the season. But a fall from his horse puts a serious crimp in his plans. Abandoned by Julia before he can propose, the unlucky bachelor finds himself trapped in the country in the care of Julia’s younger sister.
Harry has never met a woman like Lady Augusta. Utterly without artifice, Gus is clever and capable, and seems to care not a fig for society. After a taboo kiss awakens passion that takes them both by surprise, Harry realizes he’d almost given his heart to the wrong sister. While London tongues wag, he’ll use his most seductive powers of persuasion to convince the reluctant Gus that she belongs with him—as his equal, his love, his wife.