One of the best things about this job is that occasionally you discover a new author that really makes you sit up and take notice. Ms. Jacobs is that kind of author. She takes characters that on first glance have no redeeming characteristics at all and molds them into individuals with true nobility. The prime example of this is Savoury, who when we first meet him, is the stereotypical rake with empty pockets living on his charm and the privilege of his title. Through the course of the story, we are given glimpses into other aspects of his character that show him as much more than just a handsome face. By the end of the book, I was completely in love with him. The same is true of the heroine Davina. Having endured a great deal of personal struggle because of her marriage, she is an expert at keeping people away. As the story progresses, she warms up, opens up, and we are shown the true beauty behind the society paragon.
The entire story was very well written, with an excellent use of imagery. The love scenes are not as prolific in this book as with other authors, but that was not really an issue, since the romantic tension between Savoury and Davina was so expertly written. The only issue I had with this book is that the villain was very shadowy till the last half of the book, which didn't really help the reader to experience the degree of dread that Davina obviously felt. However, the problem didn't really influence how much I enjoyed the book, and I will definitely be looking for more titles from Ms. Jacobs.
Will Davina give in to her feelings? Will Savoury be able to convince her that they are meant to be together regardless of the consequences? Will the mystery threatening their happiness be resolved? Well go get the book and find out!
When the Ton's most infamous rake, Thomas Steynes, Viscount Savoury, is forced to retreat to his ancient, abandoned family manor to redeem his wasted life, he comes upon a woman being tormented by village boys. Rushing to her defense, he discovers his damsel in distress is instead the very viper-tongued harpy who hates him more than anyone else on earth.
Cast aside by her violent husband, the last thing Davina, Lady Wyckham, needs is an irkingly handsome, meddlesome knight in tarnished armor who is hellbent on her rescue. After her brutal marriage, all she wants is to be left alone, to support herself raising medicinal herbs. As if she were not ruined enough already, Savoury's attention will only bring her more disaster.
Despite their enmity, true friendship and trust grow between them and the long ago attraction they had always denied begins to deepen. But behind their backs lurks a dark mystery that threatens them both. Soon Davina discovers she must make a horrible decision: Savoury's destruction or hers? How can she choose? And unless they both find the courage to grow beyond their flaws and fears, neither will survive.