I adored this beautiful second chance at love story.
Aline and McKenna had a deep and lasting connection that could never die. Despite the social differences Aline and McKenna were childhood friends who grew up and fell in love with each other. They knew their love was forbidden but just couldn't let go of each other. When their close relationship was discovered Aline had to push McKenna away to protect him. He never knew the truth and grew to hate her for rejecting him. Twelve years later McKenna returns as a wealthy man and he wants revenge against the woman he believes had scorned him. It takes a while for him to learn the truth although the subtle signs were there. Aline had changed, had scars that she kept hidden, but she still mourned her lost love. They begin a passionate love affair but Aline's determination to hold onto her secrets threatened to break McKenna's heart again. There was also a lovely secondary story involving Aline's younger sister Olivia and McKenna's alcoholic business partner Gideon.
It was a pleasure reading this novel. The wonderful characters and their emotional journey, the steamy passion and the angsty plot, and liquid writing style easily pulled me into the story. I enjoyed this story so much, it is a definitely not to be missed novel for historical romance readers.
She gave him her innocence . . .
Lady Aline Marsden was brought up to marry a man of her own class, but from the moment she meets John McKenna, she risks everything to be with him.
He gave her his heart
Although their love is forbidden, McKenna's passion for the beautiful Aline is too compelling to deny.
When their secret is discovered, their world is shattered. McKenna is forced to leave forever, unaware that the only reason Aline has given him up is to save him.
Now McKenna has returned, a powerful man determined to take revenge against the woman who broke his heart. But the magic between them burns as fiercely as ever . . . and as McKenna uncovers Aline's deepest secret, together they discover a love that will defy Fate itself.