After an English professor’s fiance cheats on her, she accepts a summer teaching position in England and gravitates toward a sexy English nobleman, but as their affair heats up, the Anglophile finds herself in the midst of an Austen-worthy romantic drama.
Bonnie Blythe has been with her fiance, Gabe, “forever,” so she’s stunned when she finds him in bed with another woman. His betrayal opens the door to accepting a dream teaching assignment at Cambridge, though, and sends her into the arms of Theo, who's scheduled to be the best man at her best friend’s upcoming wedding. Though they start slow, there’s been an attraction since the second they met a year earlier, and acting on it has Bonnie wondering if her future lies with this sexy, intense duke, tucked in the Lake District cottage they both love. Theo's finances are precarious, however, a situation exacerbated by his overly developed sense of duty to his family and the many people who depend on them for their livelihoods. For once he wants to buck his obligations, because Bonnie makes him happy and life without her seems bleak, but his mother’s demand to find a rich bride dims his hopes for a happy-ever-after. The sophomore effort from Johnson may be even better than her exceptional debut (Getting Hot with the Scot, 2019), and her navigation of betrayal, heartbreak, noblesse oblige, family pressure, disappointment, and the healing power of love add up to another terrific read. Along with the snappy dialogue, sizzling emotional and sexual tension (with a couple of very hot sex scenes), and full-blooded characters, Johnson weaves in references to art, literature, music, and other cultural touchstones that add depth and authenticity to the tale.
Another delightful winner from an author on the rise.