About A Wicked Pursuit (The Breconridge Brothers)
In Isabella Bradford’s enthralling new trilogy, three noble brothers—London’s most scandalous rakes—are about to do the unthinkable: settle down. Harry Fitzroy, Earl of Hargreave, is the first to meet his match and lose his heart . . . to a lady who’s not all what he expected.
As the eldest son of the Duke of Breconridge, Harry Fitzroy is duty-bound to marry—and marry well. Giving up his rakish ways for the pleasures of a bride’s bed becomes a delightful prospect when Harry chooses beautiful Lady Julia Barclay, the catch of the season. But a fall from his horse puts a serious crimp in his plans. Abandoned by Julia before he can propose, the unlucky bachelor finds himself trapped in the country in the care of Julia’s younger sister.
Harry has never met a woman like Lady Augusta. Utterly without artifice, Gus is clever and capable, and seems to care not a fig for society. After a taboo kiss awakens passion that takes them both by surprise, Harry realizes he’d almost given his heart to the wrong sister. While London tongues wag, he’ll use his most seductive powers of persuasion to convince the reluctant Gus that she belongs with him—as his equal, his love, his wife.
SUSANA SAYS: New favorite author! 5/5 stars!
Lady Augusta (Gus) has long accepted her position as the “plain Jane” of the Wetherly sisters. Her sister Julia is beautiful and graceful and the Toast of London, while Gus stays home in the country and manages the household.
Harry, Lord Hargreaves, is a duke’s heir, and when his father insists that he marry and secure the succession, Harry decides that Julia Wetherly would be the perfect countess. She’s given him every encouragement, but when he drops by her London home to make his offer, he discovers that she’s returned to the country.
When he shows up at the family estate, the Wetherlys welcome him with open arms. But for some reason, he can’t seem to get Julia alone to make his proposal.
But Fate rears its ugly head one morning when Harry is thrown from his too-highstrung horse and gravely injures his leg. Julia is horrified by his injuries and takes off for London, so it is her younger sister who remains to nurse Harry.
Gus isn’t someone the London Harry would have looked at twice, but after several weeks of enforced intimacy, he finds himself looking more closely at her and realizing that she is worth a hundred fickle Julias. But she deserves a whole man, not a crippled invalid. And Gus seems more of a country lady than a London hostess.
This story grabbed me immediately and wouldn’t let me put it down. Harry and Gus are likable characters whose flaws complement each other perfectly. While the essential plot line is not new—are there any new ones anymore?—the author’s take on it is refreshing and unique. You won’t see any silly misunderstandings here; these two stick around and work together to resolve their problems.
This story is every bit as delightful as those by my favorite Regency authors: Lisa Kleypas, Sabrina Jeffries, Julia Quinn, etc. I will definitely be looking for the other books in the series!
About the Author
Isabella Bradford is a pseudonym for Susan Holloway Scott, the award-winning author of more than forty historical novels and historical romances. Her bestselling books have been published in nineteen countries and translated into fourteen languages with more than three million copies in print. Bradford also writes as half of the Two Nerdy History Girls, an entertaining history blog that is also on Twitter and Pinterest. She is a graduate of Brown University, and lives with her family outside of Philadelphia.