Title: If He’s Noble
Published: 28th July 2015
Publisher: Kensington Books – Zebra Publishing
Author: Hannah Howell
For Lady Primrose Wootten nothing has been ordinary since her father the Baron died and his wayward family filled the estate with greed and treachery. Primrose knows if she can just track down her brother, he can send the odious relations on their way. But instead she finds this enormous, powerful stranger, and forgets entirely what she was doing in the first place…
Sir Bened Vaughn isn’t much afraid of a pistol. But he is a bit afraid of the woman holding it, who stirs up something so primal he’s not sure he can shake it off. Vaughn is an honorable man, and he knows he has no right to desire Primrose. Yet he does have an obligation to help her, and as they learn more about her brother’s disappearance, he realizes that means staying by her side…wanting her all the while… and wondering how much longer they can resist temptation…
OMG I can not believe that I had actually forgotten how much I love reading Hannah Howell’s books, especially the Wherlocke series. I feel like I have been reunited with old friends as I try to remember all the books that came before this one. Might even have a re-read of the series to get a refresher course of all things Wherlocke.
Even though this is part of an on going historical romance series each book is a standalone novel. Other characters from the series might get brought into each other’s stories but just in minor roles.
This story revolves around Primrose and Bened, who stumble upon each other out in the woods. Stumble being literally as Primrose has misplaced her glasses so can’t quite see where she is going as she stumbles into Bened’s path. His first thoughts are how adorable she looks, right up until she aims a pistol at his heart.
Primrose is on a mission to find her wayward brother after the suspicious death of her father the Baron. She fears for his life, and her own, as she escapes the clutches of her aunt Augusta. She can see her for the cold-hearted women she is but throughout her journey she will see just how evil the woman has become. Bened can see that Primrose is on some kind of mission and not liking that she is on the road by herself he decides to accompany her to keep her safe. Bened is the perfect person for her to have come across, as he is an excellent tracker – something to do with one of his gifts. Bened, like so many of his family, has a gift – his being the ability to track anyone anywhere – and to begin with he fears that Primrose might shy away from him because of it. But Primrose has always had an inquisitive mind and looks to find answers in things that can’t be easily explained. So she would never fear him, if anything this just makes him that much more interesting to be with.
The journey this takes them on is filled with danger and a lot of risk. It becomes clear that Augusta will stop at nothing to get what she wants – power and wealth – and the only way to do that it to rid herself of Primrose and Simeon so her husband can take the title of Baron. The dangers that Primrose and Bened get caught up in bring them closer together with the amount of time they spend together travelling. The romance slowly builds throughout this story, like so many of her others, but each in their own way. The connection and chemistry between Primrose and Bened is seen right from the start and just builds and builds right up to the end.
I love how even though the main focus of the story is on Primrose and Bened’s romance you can see the start of something between Simeon and Lilybet. This may be the making of another book I think – if so I can’t wait to read it! Lilybet knows just the right buttons to push Simeon and if, but mostly I’m hoping when, they come together it will be explosive.
This is a gripping adventure story that will hold your attention from the first page right up until the last. Simply put a great story and one I would happily read again and again (along with the rest of the series!) so enjoy.
5 out of 5 stars
I received this ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.