This is another book that came very strongly recommend to me because of its cruel hero. I am a huge fan of romance novels with cruel heroes but it has to be done in a certain way or I won't like it. I'm okay with characters who make stupid decisions, but it has to be for reasons that make sense. Our hero, Gabriel, hates his father because his father always preferred his older brother (the heir). When the heir does in a war, the spare inherits everything-- including the late son's bride. But Gabriel decides to teach his father a lesson by marrying a poor American tavern wench (his father hates Americans). This marriage of inconvenience to the heroine, Cassie, is just a single exercise from the "Daddy Didn't Love Me" workbook.
I wish I could have loved this but I didn't like Gabriel at all. This is Draco in leather pants regency fic, with one of those plucky, "spirited" heroines who basically crumples in a heap the moment the hero broodingly turns in her direction. I didn't buy their chemistry and I didn't really like either of them, and the whole premise beggars belief. I am not a fan.
1.5 out of 5 stars