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An unexpected end to the Wincanton–Stuart feudScandal broke last night when Lady Constance Stuart was discovered in the arms of Aaron Wincanton the son of her family's greatest. I ve given this a B at AARThis is the second book from new to me author Virginia Heath whose d but for Mills and Boon That Despicable Rogue was published in May this year and which I somehow missed but definitely intend to go back to Her Enemy at the Altar is a simple but well written enemies to lovers story inspired she says in her author s note by the time her daughter came home from school upset because her handprintsfootprints were bigger than those of all her classmatesLady Constance Stuart daughter of the Earl of Redbridge is too tall her hair is too red her figure is too straight her tongue is too sharp and her mind too apt to form opinions of its own Cruelly nicknamed the ginger ian in her first season she is still unmarried five years later and is widely regarded as a bit of a joke throughout the ton Even her own father thinks she is useless if he can t marry her off for his own gain Over the years Constance has developed a defence mechanism to cover her insecurities and the continual hurt and humiliation she suffers with the result that most in society now gives her a wide berth fearing to come within striking distance of her withering sarcasm and haughty demeanourThe only man who doesn t seem to care about earning her censure is Aaron Wincanton son and heir to Viscount Ardleigh whose estate borders that of the earl The Wincantons and the Stuarts despise each other and have been at each other s throats for the past three hundred years and the viscount and the earl are continually attempting to best each other in whatever way they can Recently returned from the war in Spain Aaron realises his father s estate is not being well run and knows that before long they are going to be bankrupt He is courting an heiress whose dowry will go a long way towards solving the family s financial problems but Aaron knows that if things are to improve he must find a way of ending the enmity between his family and the Stuarts as his father is only too ready to throw money away if he thinks it will gain him the upper handConstance s father has recently engineered her betrothal to a handsome impoverished maruess and while she knows he doesn t love her she can t help hoping that perhaps one day that will change But when he wastes no time in making clear to her that all he wants from her is money Constance is hurt at his bluntness even though she tells herself it s not surprising that he doesn t want her what man would with her horribly vibrant hair and gangly unfashionably tall bodyAaron and Constance don t like each other although Aaron can t deny that he likes teasing her and watching her temper fire up But when he finds her alone desolate and hiding away during a ball it s not temper that fires up between them What begins as an attempt at consolation explodes into an almost uncontrollable passion that lands them both into hot water when they are discovered in an extremely compromising positionAaron is left with little alternative but to offer for Connie s hand but just to make life extra uncomfortable because he is a Wincanton her father withholds her dowry and makes it clear that Connie is no longer welcome in his house She tries to refuse the match but the earl gives her an incredibly cruel ultimatum threatening her mother and younger brother and she has no alternative but to agreeMs Heath does a very good job of describing the uncomfortable relationship between these two people whose families have been at loggerheads for years Aaron thinks he might as well make the best of things he s attracted to Connie and wants to see if he can rouse her to than passionate kisses and tries to make his new wife comfortable and to show her courtesy and consideration but it is all thrown back in his face So with bigger problems concerning the estate to occupy him Aaron distances himself leaving his bride to ponder a future with a man she despises and who despises her and without the comfort and support of her family She and Aaron agree to seek an annulment but even then Connie will not be able to return home the best she can hope for is to change her name go far away and try to find employment to support herselfAs time passes Aaron and Connie begin to thaw a little towards each other Having previously had no interest in estate management and then been away in the army Aaron is struggling to work out how to turn things around and is surprised and impressed at the way his wife is able to understand the salient details and work with numbers And Connie realises that she has been so wrapped up in her own thoughts and negative emotions that she has failed to realise how much strain Aaron is under not only because of his financial problems but also because of his father s failing healthTheir gradual rapprochement is well done the growing physical attraction between them being complemented by their increasing understanding of each other There s strong chemistry between them from the start and Ms Heath keeps it bubbling nicely beneath the surface building it skilfully so that when the couple finally consummates their marriage it feels like the natural culmination of everything they ve been through rather than just a casually dropped in sex scene because it s time for oneThe author s presentation of Connie s low self esteem and the methods of self protection she has adopted are spot on Anyone who has been called names will know that the development of a thick skin is absolutely necessary and then you show the bullies that you don t care and develop ways of getting your own back But deep down it hurts and it sticks and that aspect of Connie s character rings completely true I was also grateful that Ms Heath didn t fall into the trap of having the characters believe that non consummation of a marriage was grounds for an annulment a common mistake in many historical romancesThere are a couple of small sub plots which work well within the context of the larger story and Ms Heath writes with warmth humour and intelligence putting her own stamp on a couple of well used tropes I spotted a few incorrect word choices and the odd turn of phrase that wasn t uite right but overall Her Enemy at the Altar is an enjoyable romance and one I d certainly suggest is worth your consideration if you re looking to try an author new to the genre

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Her Enemy at the Altar

Enemy But now we can reveal an even shocking development Our sources say a special license was obtained and the two were married before sunrise It's been confirmed that Aaron ha. 35 stars rounded upVery satisfying traditional HR HEatA takes well worn plot devices the forced marriage feuding families PTSD and makes something fresh and delightful out of them Connie and Aaron actually talk to each other each notices the other s virtues slowly to be sure and their coming together feels both hard worn and satisfying I d read this again and I ll certainly look for others by Virginia Heath

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S stolen his new bride away to the country to begin their unexpected marriage We'll be watching closely to see exactly what happens when a gentleman invites his enemy into his be. Virginia Heath has recently come on my radar and I ve been making a point of reading all her books so I can catch up with her new releases This is my third book by her and I can tell you Heath is brilliant at character developmentI will admit this plot line is not my favorite I don t usually enjoy marriage of convenience stories where the characters start out hating each other Since I so enjoyed Heath s other stories I thought I d still give this one a try I wasn t disappointed Once again she created a story filled with layers which she reveals in perfect time to keep me turning pagesConstance and Aaron are the children of families that have been involved in a long running feud The feud has gone on for so long no one is uite sure what started it but the families are neighbors and determined to ruin each other Except Aaron is tired of the feud and Constance is determined to take care of her tenants While Aaron and Constance shouldn t be attracted to each other circumstances come together in a way that causes them to be caught in a compromising situation and are forced to marryDuring the first few chapters things are uncomfortable The characters are hurt and feel betrayed by their families and each other Nasty things are said but personal reflections reveal that both are tired of the constant animosity and want to make the best of things This critical desire to connect is what kept me readingI will admit I liked Aaron better than I liked Constance Aaron is noble and well meaning and only loses his temper when he is pushed beyond his limits He wants to make things right for Constance even at great cost to himself and as I learned and about what burdens he was carrying I really moved onto his side Constance had many good ualities and was often very perceptive and was a good match for Aaron but she was also often uick to anger and would become so wrapped up in her own problems that she would miss how destructive she was being despite her ability to read others when she tried In this novel I felt like her own insecurities dragged on a little long and caused Aaron pain than he deserved but that was my only uibble with this book Otherwise I thought this was well paced had the right amount of drama and had a believable romance that developed out of adversity


10 thoughts on “Her Enemy at the Altar

  1. says:

    I've given this a B at AARThis is the second book from new to me author Virginia Heath whose début for Mills and Boon – That Despicable Rogue – was published in May this year and which I somehow missed but definitely intend to go back to Her Enemy at the Altar is a simple but well written enemies to lovers story inspired she s

  2. says:

    This book had the unlucky coincidence of being read right after a lackluster book that pretty much had the same storyline

  3. says:

    I really enjoyed this enemies to lovers story by new to me author Virginia Heath It combines an engaging and well written story interesting characters and an emotionally satisfying romanceThe Stuarts and Wincantons

  4. says:

    35 stars rounded upVery satisfying traditional HR HEatA takes well worn plot devices the forced marriage feuding families PT

  5. says:

    Beautifully written

  6. says:

    25 stars I love marriage of convenience stories and this sounded like it would be a good one especially consideri

  7. says:

    Well after a dodgy beginning I grew to really like this book At first the heroine was driving me nuts such low self esteem and apparently tall gangly and unattractive Her father was just awful and she was simply a bundle

  8. says:

    It was fine I feel like the hero is patient than I would be with a heroine who constantly bemoans how hideous she is even though she is actually uite attractive Aaron's financially foolhardy and outspokenly crude dad is my favorite character and he spends half the book view spoilerdying hide spoiler

  9. says:

    Virginia Heath has recently come on my radar and I've been making a point of reading all her books so I can catch up with her new releases This is my third book by her and I can tell you Heath is brilliant at character developmentI will admit this plot line is not my favorite I don't usually enjoy marriage of convenience stories wh

  10. says:

    This is my second book from this author and I like her writing style The narrative flows smoothly and the characters are well developedIn this book tall red haired Connie ends up married to the son of her father’s archenemy AaronThey enter the marriage in less than amicable terms she ruined and he about to get financially ruinedThe romance grows slowly they get to know each other and to see what lays within I love how she cared for his