Colonel Ian Ferguson may be a rake, but he’s no traitor. Accused of trying to kill the Duke of Wellington, the disgraced Scotsman is now a fugitive–from the law, the army, and the cunning assassin who hunts him. Wounded and miles from his allies, Ian finds himself at the mercy of an impoverished country wife. The spirited woman is achingly beautiful . . . and hiding some dangerous secrets of her own.
All she needs is his heart . . .
She was a child nobody wanted. Now for Lady Sarah Clarke, holding on to her vanished husband’s crumbling estate is her final chance to earn respectability. She knows that hiding the devastatingly handsome Ferguson will jeopardize her home. Common sense demands that she turn him in. But a single, delirious kiss shatters her resolve . . . and awakens a passion that neither of them can escape.
REVIEW: Lady Sarah Clarke, “born on the other side of the blanket,” is the wife of Lord Boswell Clarke, who has recently signed up to join up with the military and fight in the war. As she has not heard from him in months, many assume that he has been killed. Sarah’s day consists of working to care for her husband’s crumbling estate, Fairbourne, along with his self-centered mother and sister. With very little money to be had, this is a constant trial that has fallen completely on Sarah’s shoulders. Her husband’s cousin and neighbor, Martin Clarke, believes that Boswell is dead and wants Sarah out so he can claim the estate for his own.
Colonel Ian Ferguson is a Scottish man who has distinguished himself in the war but now stands accused of trying to assassinate the Duke of Wellington. Wounded, he is on the run and finds himself at the Clarke estate. When Sarah discovers him, she cannot help but hide him and treat his severe wound.
As Sarah and Ian get to know one another, attraction follows and they realize they cannot be parted.
Eileen Dreyer has written a story of love and commitment that completely tests all the mettle that the characters possess.
I loved this book and the story of Sarah and Ian will leave you sighing.
Connie for b2b
*ARC provided by the author.
MEL’S THOUGHTS: Here’s another book that deserves our two reviews,
I’m a huge fan of this author and this series. I’m probably the only one that liked Diccan, one of Drake’s Rakes in ‘Never a Gentleman’. The reason behind it was the great characterizations this author does. Her heroes are complex. They’re not one-dimensional and there to ‘look and act macho’ but each one is unique in looks, his specialty and his background. They are a diverse group of men that are loyal to their King, Country and family.
And as for the heroine of this book, Ms. Dreyer did an outstanding job in paring this strong, willful and independent woman with one of her best heroes, Ian Ferguson.
Once more Ms. Dreyer gave me a well written plot, sensual romance and fast pace. Loved it!
*ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.