Meggan Connors delights with this riveting historical romance. Catherine Kirkcaldy and Ethan Standish are a fascinating pairing. Her stubbornness and common sense made her so irresistible not to cheer for and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see just what would happen. I knew a happy outcome was inevitably their final destination but the unbelievable journey to get there was an absolute treat. I enjoyed watching Cat stand up to Ethan when he is so used to people bowing to his every wish. It was interesting to see how Ethan goes from being more than happy in his isolation to seamlessly interacting with high society in London. Seeing parts of their characteristics being revealed by their pasts and their current actions just makes their connection deeper and in doing so makes my connection with them as a reader deeper. This story has so much; action, adventure, mystery, glamour and deep emotional substance. If you are looking for a solid historical romance this one is a great choice.
Ethan Standish, Duke of Dunmoor has had enough adventure and pain in his life so he has completely removed himself from society, contentedly reading his books and avoiding people. Catherine Kirkcaldy is determined to speak with the Duke and will not take no for an answer. When they discover a connection in their past they find themselves trying to find answers in the present. Can they have a future?
Ethan Standish, fourth Duke of Dunmoor, is a man cursed by a past that refuses to let him go. Twenty years after enduring captivity as a prisoner of war, he has withdrawn from society, living ensconced at his estate. He takes no visitors and no risks. He needs nothing and no one, finding comfort in his solitude, with only his demons to keep him company.
That all changes the day Catherine Kirkcaldy arrives on his doorstep.
The governess for the children of the late Earl MacLendon, Cat has come to the estate of the enigmatic Duke of Dunmoor to inform him of his new status as their guardian. Despite her initial misgivings, she finds herself drawn to this contradiction of a man, a man with a fearsome reputation but a kind heart no one is allowed to see.
A single letter exposes a shared connection with their pasts, setting Ethan and Cat on a path of danger and revenge. But even as Ethan pursues retribution for the past that should have never been, he finds himself falling for Cat, a woman with a ready smile and an open heart. Can he bury his long-held demons in exchange for a future with Cat? Or will he forever be the Devil of Dunmoor?