Rhys St. Maur is part-owner of England's most famous stud horse, Osiris, and as such, a member of the elite Stud Club. He's a war hero and a man with the luck of the devil. He should be dead, but fate isn't ready for him yet. Unfortunately a good friend and founder of the Stud Club has been murdered. With no leads, he returns to his ancestral home to take care of his past. But what he finds may be the answer to his future.
Meredith Maddox has no time for fluff and romance. As the owner of the town's only Inn, she is determined to make her business prosper. When Rhys steps back into her life, she want's to sooth the battle-scared warrior, but he's not the same boy she yearned for. Now a widow, she is tempted to follow her feelings, even if just for a brief taste of passion.
As much as I love Tessa Dare's writing, Rhys and Merry were not favorite characters of mine. I felt the storytelling was good, the characters where well-written, and I enjoyed how it all played out. I just didn't care much for Rhys and Merry. It's not that I didn't like them, I just didn't click with them.
My first impression of Rhys was a dark brooding hulk, but what I quickly learned was that he was much more sensitive and sentimental than broody. These aren't bad traits, but I guess I was put off by his sudden “happy-go-lucky” turn about. Merry's attitude just annoyed me. She was so temperamental with Rhys. I didn't expect her to fall right into bed with him, but when he was genuinely trying to help her, she would turn stubborn. The town characters were a bit over-the-top, but that's what made them interesting, and helped make their roles more entertaining and maddening.
I did like what Julian brought to the table, with the added clues to Leo's murderer. I am looking forward to reading Julian and Lily's story next. They have some obstacles I can't wait to watch them overcome! And I can't wait to find out the true motivation and culprit of Leo's murder.