Only a Promise (The Survivors' Club #5)

Only a Promise: A Survivors' Club Novel - Mary Balogh Only a Promise (The Survivors' Club #5)by Mary Balogh

Ralph Stockwood prides himself on being a leader, but when he convinced his friends to fight in the Napoleonic Wars, he never envisioned being the sole survivor. Racked with guilt over their deaths, Ralph must move on . . . and find a wife to secure an heir to his family's title and fortune.
Since her Seasons in London ended in disaster, Chloe Muirhead is resigned to spinsterhood. Driven by the need to escape her family, she takes refuge at the home of her mother's godmother, where she meets Ralph. He needs a wife. She wants a husband. So Chloe makes the outrageous suggestion to strike a bargain and get married. One condition: Ralph has to promise that he will never take her back to London. But circumstances change. And to Ralph, it was only a promise.

My Review:
I'm in love with the Survivors Club. Just wanted to put that out there. The title should have read: Oops, I Fell in Love. heh. Jokes aside I really liked this book. I enjoyed the fact that Mary allowed us to slowly build up to the real relationship while the characters had the time to discover and realize how they truly felt. Only a promise is a comical but realistic situation that Ralph and Chloe find themselves in only deeper by the minute.
Its a lot like the movie The Proposal where the couple agrees to marry out of convenience. (Only Historical) photo tumblr_m4sqjx1TtC1qj72u0o1_500.gif
What started out as a bland agreement to provide the both of them with the security they need personally and for the others in their families and society their agreement starts to develop into something a lot more than what it started out as. I liked the whole talk yourself out of it while your demanding your mind to do one thing your heart and body are doing another until eventually the mind cannot deny what the rest already know.
It isn't perfect but there is potential and there is something to build on. You can respect that the author had the foresight to not place an unrealistic expectation just for the sake of a love, hearts and flowers kind of love in an instant, but a genuine lets give a shot kind of thought that can be found in reality. I respected that.
Only a Promise is a really great read, I always enjoy Miss Baloghs work. I can't wait for more.

My Rating:
5 Stars

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Note: I received a print copy in exchange for an honest review from Berkley.