Justin Reeve Netherwood, Earl of Kempthorn—a.k.a. Thorn—has never cared much for his neighbor’s daughter. But his twin brother, Gideon, befriended the wild, reckless, and wholly inappropriate Miss Olivia Lydall in youth, and two have been close ever since. So when Olivia finds herself in a state of romantic conflict and seeks out Gideon for advice, he’s only too pleased to oblige. Only problem: The man Olivia is speaking to is Thorn. And now it’s too late for him to tell Olivia the truth…
Thorn always believed that Olivia was too smitten with Gideon for her own good. So what’s the harm in steering her away from him? But Thorn’s charade turns out to be anything but harmless once he begins to see Olivia for who she really is: A woman full of spirit and passion…and someone he can’t live without. But how can Thorn claim Olivia’s heart when their deepening connection—and burning desire—is built on lies and deceit? AMAZON 3 STARS
I thought that the book was okay, but it also didn't seem to hold all that many surprises. Well, at least through most of the book anyway. Through most of it, the pace was kind of slow. And although time was needed to develop characters, I found at times that it was hard to keep my attention. The twin issue had some interesting moments. Olivia was likable with a unique personality. There was a time or two when I thought about Olivia, "don't do that, you can't be that dumb". An innocent yes, but I wanted to hit her in the back of her head at least once. I will say though that towards the end, the book began to gather speed and did have a surprise or two waiting for the reader. It did end with a bang.
Thorn's twin Gideon was a puzzle to me because it seemed like he showed up when needed but then disappeared without much input being made to explain his mysteries. Unless I missed it, it seemed like it was more than just Olivia that kept him away.
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.