A Reckless Match

St. Martin’s Paperbacks. (Ruthless Rivals, Bk. 1). Oct. 2021. 336p. ISBN 9781250801562. pap. $8.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
A new series from Bateman (“Bow Street Bachelors”) featuring the centuries-long feud between the Montgomery and Davies families. Madeline Montgomery and the new Earl of Powys, Gryffud “Gryff” Davies, are doing their parts to keep the battle going. Madeline thinks she’s solved her family’s financial hardship, until Gryff’s inconvenient return to the area forces her to change tack. The neutral territory between the families’ properties provides unexpected and dangerous opportunities, but only if they can work together. Gryff’s military past and Madeline’s archaeological and local knowledge serve them well as they encounter smugglers, violence, and secrets on the property they share, but Madeline’s only option to save her family might be to accept an arranged marriage. The time they spend together causes Madeline and Gryff to examine whether the animosity between their families is covering up a deeper connection between them.
VERDICT Historical romance readers will love this steamy, star-crossed enemies-to-lovers adventure featuring a strong, intelligent heroine and a hero who learns to support her.
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