A wonderful new historical set in the Enlightenment world. Iain is giving up his commission in the army and is headed to another country to do spy work. Before he goes he feels like he needs to set things right with James. James has loved Iain since they were boys but he's done with the rejection and the heartache and he's closed the door on that chapter of his life. A family party brings the two men back together and while Iain is adamant that he will set things right, James is just as adamant that he will not give Iain any other chances.
What follows is a great hurt/comfort story. The book goes back and forth between the past and present showing us what events led up to the men being so estranged. This flowed seemlessly and worked very well as a story telling device. I loved both of the main characters and I could understand both of their points of view. The chapters in the present are tension filled and the chemistry between the two jumps off of the page. There were some very angst filled moments but also some really touching and romantic ones. I read this all in one sitting and was very happy with the ending.
This is set in the same world as the Enlightenment series but can be read as a stand alone. (Iain has an appearance in book two of that series and Murdo and David are in a scene in this book.) I really enjoyed this book and thought it was perfectly done. A great read that I highly recommend.
The heart breaks but does not change.
Captain Iain Sinclair. Perfect son, perfect soldier, hero of Waterloo. A man living a lie. The only person who really knows him is his childhood friend, scientist James Hart. But they’ve been estranged since Iain brutally destroyed their friendship following a passionate encounter.
Iain is poised to leave the King’s service to become an undercover agent in India. Before he leaves his old life behind, he’s determined to reconcile with James. An invitation to a country house party from James’s sister provides the perfect opportunity to pin the man down.
James has loved Iain all his life, but his years of accepting crumbs from Iain’s table are over. Forgiving Iain is one thing—restoring their friendship is quite another.
In the face of James’s determined resistance, Iain is forced to confront his reasons for mending the wounds between them. And accept the possibility that James holds the key to his heart’s desire—if only he has the courage to reach for it.
Warning: Contains a dashing military hero with one weakness—a scientist who feels their chemistry in every cell of his body. Kissing in the rain, skinny dipping, and emotional flashbacks. Huzzah!