Yours and Mine
by A.E. Bennett
Publication date: December 21st 2021
She told a lie. He confirmed it. Now they’re secretly betrothed against their families’ wishes…
Lady Octavia Dorchester is the most desired young lady in the Realm. Now that she has twenty years behind her, society has deemed her ready to marry. Although she’s not enthusiastic, she promises to act like a proper lady and look for a good husband—just like her powerful father Lord Roman Dorchester wants.
Lord Gerald Verte has been painfully shy his entire life. He’s never been comfortable in society and lives in the shadow of his older brother, the imposing Lord Tristian Verte. Despite his desires to remain indoors and away from people, he promises his older brother that he won’t shame the family name, no matter how much his anxiety threatens to overwhelm him.
After sharing a dance at a ball held in Octavia’s honor, both she and Gerald know what no one else believes—it’s love at first sight.
When their respective family members object to the match, Octavia lies about their betrothal and Gerald corroborates her story. Raising the ire of both Lords Dorchester and Verte, Octavia and Gerald are torn apart and kept from one another until tragedy strikes.
This high-heat romance with a guaranteed HEA is a prequel to Gathering of the Four: Book One of the Serrulata Saga but can be read as a standalone.
4 out of 5 (very good)
YOURS AND MINE is a novella in the Serrulata Saga and, although I haven't read any of those, I was able to enjoy this one without any issues.
The strict rules that Octavia has to live by, as a daughter of a Great House, become even more constrictive once she becomes of age. She hates being shown off and handed off to different men to dance with. When she spots someone by themselves, her interest is roused. Once Octavia and Gerald meet each other, it is clear they belong together.
I loved the world this is set in, with the comments about the Ancients. It has certainly given me a reason to search out other books in this series. The writing itself is clear and concise, giving plenty of descriptions but not too many to bog you down. I thought the relationship between Octavia and Gerald moved along nicely, staying within the constraints of Society whilst allowing them to make up their own minds, and also trying to convince those who thought they knew best.
A delightful read and definitely recommended by me.
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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
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