A ruthless tycoon
Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better…
A sheltered beauty
Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable…the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…
If you haven't read Cold Hearted Rake before you pick up Marrying Winterborne, then it is in your best interest to begin with the first book.
Lady Helen is a shy delicate flower, like her orchids that the loves, but she does have a spine. While many readers had expressed disinterest in this second book in the Ravenels Series I am surprised because this book was a fabulous read. Continuing where Cold Hearted Rake left off, readers are brought back to the plight Lady Helen was in with her relationship with Welsh Department Store owner Rhys Winterborn.
Rhys, or Winterborne, is a self made success with his creation of the latest fashions, the department store Winterborne's. While Rhys doesn't have a title, or much respect from the peers, what he does have is ruthless drive to win Lady Helen's hand after so much back and forth between the two. As we were left at CHR. Lady Helen had just ended her engagement to Winterborne, and he is angry and glum, but will Helen be able to get past her "shyness" and realize that Rhys is the one for her?
Lady Helen hasn't always been a strong heroine, but she has a chance in this book to find her place in life, but will that be on the arm of Rhys Winterborne? Readers will have to find out for themselves.
What I can hint at is that this book is filled with great moments, and troublesome turns for Rhys and Lady Helen, but will they both be able to get over their pasts and embrace the futures as scandal could soon hit the fans? With a strong developing plot and lovable characters this second book in the series is another page turner that is hard to set down.