Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a fun historical fiction romance set in the early 1800s in London. It’s an enemies to lovers, he falls first, romance with plenty of heat.

Davies and Montgomerys have had a generations long feud. But that hasn’t stopped Harriet Montgomery and Morgan Davies from secretly having feelings for each other since they were young children. They show these feelings by trading sarcastic comments and quips. As Morgan sets sail for war, Harriet bets him he’ll do something foolish and end up dead. Morgan gamely accepts her debt, in exchange for three kisses from Harriet.

Morgan returns from war and approaches Harriet to cash in on the bet. That’s when the game really begins. It was fun to read the banter between the couple, and it was cute how their feelings were so obvious to everyone but them. Their chemistry was electric, and Morgan’s seduction of Harriet was sexy. The couple suited each other, and respected each other’s qualities. Morgan was strong and brave, and acknowledged Harriet’s intelligence and capabilities, something rare for men to do in that era.

This is the third book in the series, but can be read as a stand alone. I may go back and read the first two books, though, because I’m interested in reading the couple’s other family member’s stories about how they got together.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press. All opinions are my own.