Shrouded in darkness for the past seven years, the infamous racer Lord Gabriel Sharpe is known to accept every challenge to race thrown at him. When his next challenge comes in the form of his late best friend’s sister, Virginia Waverly, Gabe is shocked. Yet she presents just the opportunity Gabe needs–marriage to fulfill his grandmother’s ultimatum and ensure his inheritance. What he didn’t count on was needing her love.
As it comes to no surprise, yet again, that I loved it. So far Sabrina and the Sharpes’ can do no wrong in my eyes.
To me, Gabe was a little different than his brothers and sisters, I felt like he was hurting a bit more over his parents sudden unexpected death – he was seven at the time – plus to top it off, one of his friends died in a racing accident against him. He hides his pain and gilt through his smiles and jokes when he is actually hurting inside. He feels like death follows him wherever he goes and he acquired the nickname ‘Angel of Death’, which he loathes. So since being seen as the Angel of Death, he dresses in all black, has a black hose, painted his phaeton black and acts recklessly just to live up to the name due to his guilt that he suffers from. In all reality, he really isn’t that reckless fool, he fears death, he just doesn’t want to leave this world before his time – like his parents and friend – so he decides to stare death in the eyes and challenge it. Besides his guilt and sadness he suffers, he is a pretty likable man, a gentleman with a pinch of scoundrel and rogue in him.
I really liked Virginia. She was all sunshine and smiles, something Gabe liked about her, she was his light to his darkness. Part of the reason I liked this story is that at first Virginia hated Gabe, blamed him for her brothers death, but as she came to know him on a new personal level, she seen him in a new light. Even though he was involved in the accident that took her bothers life, she can’t help but to admire him which she ends up smitten with him. I loved how from the start, Gabe decided he was gonna marry her, nothing was gonna get in his way and the man pursued her relentlessly. The way Pierce made Gab jealous and possessive towards him with his fake attentions was hilarious. And the stable scene when Virginia was spying on Gabe while he mucked out the stalls shirtless was priceless too.
Also another bit that was enjoyable was the chemistry and flirtation between Hetty and General Waverly. I kinda liked how Sabrina threw in a bit of budding romance for the elder characters. Plus he referred to her as a ‘She Devil’, which tickled me.
After finishing Gabe and Virginia’s book, I cannot wait to start Celia an Pinter’s story as those two have butted heads all throughout this series which leads me to thinking something good is brewing for them in their book.