This heartbreaking tale takes place in the 1820’s English countryside. Set against a picturesque backdrop, the characters first meet near a hidden small lake deep in the forest.
Kate works at her brother’s home, where she is a servant to her brother’s wife, however this fact remains hidden from the wife as per the wishes of her husband William Fisk. On her way home one day, Kate stumbles upon a sexy stranger bathing in her “secret” small lake by the ruins of an abandoned dam. She instantly is taken by the beauty of this man and she returns each day on her long walk home, to try to find him bathing alone.
Garrett, Duke of Calton, is secretly searching for the man who took his sister and eloped against the family’s wishes. The same man who has destroyed Garrett’s life, as he knew it, over the past 8 years. But not soon enough does Garrett discover that the man he is searching for and who despises Garrett, is none other than Kate’s brother, William Fisk.
There is so much backstabbing in this plot that I feared everyone was out to get someone. The feeling of duty to family and keeping your word and honor are a sound foundation of the storyline. Both characters have a chemistry that burns through the pages and as a reader you continuously hope that they can be together in the end against all the odds that keep surging against them. It was a crazy ride but well worth my time and heart, so much so that I have already requested the next book in this intriguing family's saga.
The last thing Garrett, Duke of Calton, expects to find while tracking his sworn enemy is the delectable, mysterious Kate. This beautiful servant girl rouses a longing the battle-scarred ex-soldier had never hoped to feel again. But when she turns out to be the sister of the man he seeks, he's convinced he's been betrayed.
Kate knows her duty to her family, yet how can she ignore Garrett's powerful pull on her heart? Or the heady temptation of his stolen-and sizzling-kisses? Scandal has followed the duke since the war. Now the greatest shock of all is on its way-the one that can separate Garrett and Kate forever.