Title: The Baroness of New York
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: May 1st 2020
Where I Got It: My shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)
It started with a kiss.
Baroness Adele von Mueller learns the sweetest love is forbidden....
Baroness Adele von Mueller
It's 1903 and free-spirited 18-year-old Baroness Adele von Mueller has just arrived to live with her spinster aunt in New York City. After a previous impropriety tarnishes her reputation with the German nobility, her father sends her overseas to give her one last chance to marry into money and save the family's name. Instead, Adele finds herself falling for charming and wickedly handsome Nick Mason, the foreman of a paper factory, who is as gorgeous as he is poor. As family secrets are revealed, Adele learns there's much more riding on her marrying wealthy than just keeping the family's name...
Nick Mason has a habit of falling in love with every girl he sees. An orphan, former newspaper seller and now a foreman at a paper factory, he's nursing a bruised heart after being dumped by a laundry girl. But when he meets Baroness Adele disguised on a night out as a maid in her family's house, he knows right away there's something different about her. Once she reveals her true identity, he's even more intrigued. Nick has fallen for white women before, but never one so wealthy, and never one he knew he couldn't live without. With most people firmly against their love, he must visit her in secrecy to make their romance blossom.
Nick and Adele must stand up to a society and a family that won't accept their love for what it is: true and enduring. Can they withstand the storm, or will they be forced apart by a deck that's stacked against them in this steamy Victorian romance?
I couldn't resist checking this out! Forbidden love is sort of my favorite in a romance ;) There is just something about two lovers knowing they can't be together but wanting to be.
The story follows Adele who is sent to live with her aunt in New York as a final chance to find a man to marry and save her reputation. Nick is a romantic through and through. He is in love with love until he meets Adele and finally realizes what real love is. Not only does her standing in society pose a problem, but the matter of race comes into play too. Society is not kind.
This is pretty much a doomed love for sure. Even if they end up together, they are going to have terrible people treating them like crap. I feel so bad! I want them to be together! They really do love each other even with all their past and flaws.
I did like Theo a lot too...sighs. I am torn. I want her to be with Nick, but then there is Theo. How does one pick? Security with a chance of happiness? Or true love and a life that is not going to be easy. Poor Adele...she cannot win.
My one and only complaint is that there were some terms and words that seemed too modern for this time period. I could be wrong, but it was a little jarring here and there. Besides that, I adored this book. I read it in a couple of sittings because I simply could not put it down. I had to know what happened.
AND I CANNOT WAIT FOR BOOK 2!!!!! EEEE! That cliff hanger!!!!! So good, so good. I must read book 2.
Overall, I really liked this book. I feel so bad for Adele. It is not an easy choice to give it all up for true love. I'll stamp this with 4 stars.