The best romances often start with what seems to be the most mismatched of couples.
In Johanna Lindsey’s new novel, Make Me Love You, Lord Dominic Wolfe has dueled three times with Robert Whitworth, the son and heir of the Earl of Tamdon. After the third duel, the Prince Regent steps in. To prevent further violence, he demands that the aristocratic houses of Tamdon and Wolfe end their enmity by coming together in marriage.
Robert’s younger sister, Brooke is unloved, unappreciated and an afterthought in her family. Her brother, the selfish, reckless rake is the golden child in her parent’s eyes. Only her maid and mother figure, Alfreda provides the love and support that Brooke has never received from her father and rarely receives from her mother.
The way Brooke sees it, marriage to the unknown Lord Wolfe is a haven of warmth and love compared to the emotional chill that she was raised in. Her brother sees a way in to finish his fight with Dominic.
Dominic knows that if he should refuse the marriage, he will lose his lands, his fortune and his title. His only tactic is to push Brooke away. As much as Dominic pushes Brooke away, the more she pushes back to love him and be loved by him.
Will the relationship last or will it end with either Robert or Dominic in the grave?
As historical romances go, the narrative and the characters were standard for the genre. Was it the best historical romance I’ve read? No, but it’s not the best either.
Do I recommend it? Maybe.