Author: Golden Angel
Gabriel, Earl of Cranborne, is in need of a wife—preferably a sweet, submissive, well-trained wife who could run his household during the day and obey him in the bedroom at night. When he meets Miss Vivian Stafford at a friend's wedding, he finds himself drawn in by the exact traits he was looking for in his own wife and immediately moves to make her his own. Once the betrothal papers are signed, he arranges for her to attend Mrs. Cunningham's Finishing School. This very special school will prepare her to be the wife of an Earl . . . and also prepare for her the very specific demands and discipline she'll receive from her new husband at night.
I loved the depth of feeling that Ms Angel managed to impart with this book. The story starts with Gabriel being dissatisfied with his life and glimpsing Vivian at a wedding breakfast. They meat and both are intrigued by the other one. It suggests a love at first sight story, and it might start that way, but it's not.
Fast forward a few months and Vivian is attending finishing school. She's more confident and ready to have her debut, even though she's also dreading it. On her birthday she finds out that she's already betrothed to an earl. Que in the mixed feelings: she's happy she doesn't have to have a debut, but she's also sad that she will have an arranged marriage with a dude she's never met. Further more she has to undergo "marriage training", this has her bewildered and a bit scared. A few days after this announcement she gets another bombshell: she'll meet her fiance in just a few hours! When Gabriel and Vivian meat after months of not seeing each other, the sparks are still alive. Vivian is astonished to see that her benefactor and fiance is actually the man she met at the wedding breakfast.
The parts I loved most from this book were the dinners Vivian and Gabriel had together and they got to know each other. They were sweet and funny and such a pleasure to read. That's not to say that the actual "training" wasn't lovely to read. I enjoy Ms Angel's take on the Victorian discipline sub-genre and I will always read it with pleasure.
PS: I hope some of the other students/friends from the school will get books, or that Gabriel's sisters will get stories or, you know, Ms Angel writes more :D