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The Prizefighter's Hart (Headstrong Harts #4) by Emily Royal . Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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A spinster. A prizefighter. A marriage of convenience. This bout can’t end well.

Plain, prim, and beyond marriageable age, Dorothea Hart is resigned to the life of a spinster aunt. But she yearns for a family of her own, and is hopelessly attracted to the ‘Mighty Oak’—a prizefighter renowned for his prowess—who stirs previously unknown passions in her.

Widower Griffin Oake made his fortune in the ring—but he can’t buy respectability, or a footing in society for his daughter. After a disastrous first marriage, he has no wish to wed again, but is looking to employ a genteel woman to chaperone the rebellious teenager—preferably the plainest, dullest woman in London.

When Dorothea is publicly compromised, she’s pushed into a marriage of convenience with the object of her infatuation. Exiled to the country, with a husband who avoids her, and a stepdaughter determined to defy her, Dorothea’s dream of a loving family seems further away than ever… and she begins to suspect that Griffin’s first wife’s death was not an accident.


Miss Dorothea Hart has fallen into the role of spinster aunt. Since her brother made his fortune and moved the family to London,  he concentrated on finding husbands for his more marriageable sisters.  Dorothea was already considered on the shelf. None of that stops her tender heart wishing for a loving family of her own. 
Widower Griffin Oake has literally fought his way to wealth.  Now he can afford to give his rebellious daughter the life he wants her to have.  His problem is to find a real lady to work for a savage like him. 
This is an exciting historical romance filled with repressed passions. Both our lead characters hide their true selves behind a hard shell.  The world of bare knuckle fights holds many risks for all involved. Respectable society looks down on anyone who is different. 
Although this is part of a series which should be read in order,  each book can be read on it's own. 
A fascinating story. 


Emily Royal is a mathematics geek who grew up in Sussex, England and has always had a passion for romance and hot alpha males in need of redemption. After graduating from Oxford and enjoying a brief dream of becoming an airline pilot she started a career in financial services to indulge her love of mathematics.

She now lives in rural Scotland with her husband, two daughters and a menagerie of pets including Twinkle, an attention-seeking boa constrictor. She re-ignited her love of romance when she joined the Romantic Novelists' Association.

When not working on algebra, writing or keeping Twinkle from slithering over her keyboard, Emily enjoys painting, playing the piano and can often be found wandering in the Highlands of Scotland looking for inspiration.

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