Henry’s Bride (London Libertines #1)


Jeanette Claybone hates her new place in high-class society, received thanks to her family’s recent fortune. For Jeanette, it’s far from pleasant that her mother keeps pushing her to find the perfect husband, preferably one with a title and a vast amount of wealth. Jeanette, instead, longs for real love, the kind that will make her heart beat faster. When an evening stroll leaves Jeanette’s reputation ruined, she gives in to the passions of Henry Drayton, a renowned rake and one of the most handsome specimens to walk this earth. 

When Henry finds out Jeanette told him the truth about her virtue, he asks for her hand, albeit a tad reluctantly. Henry marries her out of honor, not love, but at night his passion for her seems endless. During the day, though, Henry seems to want nothing to do with his new wife and is far more occupied with other matters. Yet, when Jeanette tries to uncover his secrets, she finds herself in danger, and the only one who can save her is Henry… If he’s willing to come to terms with how he really feels. 

The story is slightly predictable, but that doesn’t take away from the fun. Henry and Jeanette are amazing together, and their chemistry is through the roof. However, at first, Henry wasn’t very likeable; he takes some warming up to, and the reader needs to get to know him to understand what is going on with him. The suspenseful side of the story is actually the most interesting part of the story and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat trying to find out who the culprit is.  

Majanka Verstraete