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A Daring Pursuit
Ruthless Rivals #2
by Kate Bateman
Mass Market Paperback
Expected publication: May 24th 2022
by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
The Davies and Montgomery families have been locked in an ancient feud. But it’s a thin line between love and hate in Kate Bateman’s A Daring Pursuit.
Carys Davies is doing everything in her power to avoid marriage. Staying single is the only way to hide the secret that could ruin her—and her family—if it was revealed. For the past two seasons she’s scandalized the ton with her outrageous outfits and brazen ways in a futile bid to deter potential suitors. Outwardly confident and carefree, inside she’s disillusioned with both men and love. There’s only one person who’s never bought her act—the only man who makes her heart race: Tristan Montgomery, one of her family’s greatest rivals.
ONE SCANDALOUS BARGAIN
Wickedly proper architect Tristan needs a respectable woman to wed, but he’s never stopped wanting bold, red-headed Carys. When she mockingly challenges him to show her what she’s missing by not getting married, Tristan shocks them both by accepting her indecent proposal: one week of clandestine meetings, after which they’ll go their separate ways. But kissing each other is almost as much fun as arguing, and their affair burns hotter than either of them expects. When they find themselves embroiled in a treasonous plot, can they trust each other with their hearts, their secrets…and their lives?
The Davies and Montgomery families are at it again! I didn’t think I could love this one more than book one, but I was wrong! Gryff and Meg are married and the multi-generational feud continues on in an enemies to more take two. The banter between Tristan and Carys is witty, funny and perfect. The two of them talking to each other while the reader has insight to their thoughts and things unspoken make for an entertaining read. Carys is fire in her second London season, turning heads with her outrageous outfits. She’s been spurned and is convinced she’d rather not marry. Tristan is her sworn enemy for life, but the two strike up a deal, and they are both in so much trouble!
So far my favorite read of the year. Carys is sassy and smart, Tristan cool, calm and collected…until he isn’t. Cary’s brothers are over protective without being heavy handed and defend her to the end. The last few scenes steal the book. Tristan’s elderly aunts are hilarious. Welsh and English lands and custom clash with humor more often than not. I will be looking for the next in the series and thank NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the advanced reading proof. So good~