Rose Balfour is:
- a great archer and horse rider
- sometimes somewhat responsible.
She is not:
- a great beauty
- an heiress
- a Lady
So when she finds herself flirting with the infamous Lord Alton Sinclair (otherwise known as Lord Sin…the man really likes to drink and sleep around) at a ball, she seizes her opportunity to steal her very first kiss. When the kiss gets a little too hot to handle, she freaks out and pushes Lord Sin into a fountain (which, by the way, is totally something I would do—I understand you Rose!).
Society takes one look at the wet Lord Sin and nicknames him “Lord Fin.” Needless to say: Lord Fin gets angry. And even angrier when he realizes Rose has fled to the countryside leaving him alone to deal with the scandal.
Six years later, Lord Sin has only descended further into his profligate ways. His Grandmother—the Duchess of Roxburghe—decides that something needs to be done (or, to put it bluntly, someone respectful needs to be done). Using an unsuspecting Rose as bait, she lures him to her estate.
When the two reunite, sparks fly. The two bicker constantly while trying to decide what to do with the sexual tension between them. While Rose decides to ignore it, Lord Sin attempts to fan the sparks into a raging flame. Anyways, you’ll never guess who wins (sarcasm… this is a romance novel folk!)
Real question: Did that metaphor about fire I just used even make sense?
While I really liked this book, I felt like something was missing. I didn’t find Lord Sin or Rose particularly compelling characters: they both were ridiculously competitive which made their interactions funny but also made me terrified for their future children. Honestly, I struggled to find any redeeming qualities in Lord Sin. He just sort of seemed like a super obnoxious tool. Rose was fine, but she was kind of forgettable. Finally, I never really felt the love between Rose and Lord Sin: it was just super intense lust 24/7. They just sort of fought or hooked up. To reiterate: I’m terrified for their future children.
But the wonderfully witty dialogue and the amusing plot made up for most of the character faults. Also, I’m just such a freaking sucker for a hate to love story.