Can a single night’s deception lead to a lifelong love?
On the eve of her wedding to a man she detests, Brynmore McCann can think of only one way to escape—by ruining herself—but the local lads leave her wholly uninspired. Just as she’s ready to accept her fate, she spots Maxwell Drake, home after nearly a decade. Even though he had loved her sister when they were young, Bryn has always considered him hers, and she can’t think of anyone she’d rather have bed her for the first time. Only she never intends for him to uncover her real name.
Upon returning home, Maxwell is stunned by the news that his father may have left him an inheritance. As the unacknowledged by-blow of a local nobleman, Maxwell struggles with resentment over the way he and his mother were treated by his father and the village. To add to his troubles, he discovers the lass he spent an incredibly satisfying night with was not the village whore, but the high-born sister of his first love. He insists Brynmore travel with him to Edinburgh until they determine if she is with child. Because if she is, she’ll marry him whether she wants to or not.
Along the road to Edinburgh, they are attacked by persons unknown. As the list of suspects who want them dead grows longer and his worries deepen, Maxwell prepares for an even more personal battle—how to keep from surrendering his heart to Brynmore.
Warning: Contains a broody Scotsman, a fiery-haired lass, and a night of passion that changes everything. Readers are encouraged to bring a fan.
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3 out of 5 stars
I'm a huge fan of Laura Trentham and while I had loved the previous book in this series, this particular title kind of missed the mark for me. While I really liked Maxwell and Brynmore as characters and I liked the premise of this book with Bryn trying to get out of an unwanted marriage and using Maxwell to do it, the rest of the plot just didn't work for me. For me that was because I feel like the story wasn't as fleshed out as I wanted and needed it to be. By the end of the book once everything was resolved and the couple got their HEA I was still kind of confused with what the people after them really wanted and the way that everything was resolved just left me with more questions. But despite that, I got to say that the author delivered when it came to the romance. I really liked these two as a couple and enjoyed reading about them together and that is why while I wasn't a fan of the suspenseful storyline that I still considered this book an okay read. Overall, I enjoyed reading another historical book by this author after such a long time, but at the same I was expecting more.