Shana Galen gets better with every new adventure she creates. This historical romance kept me flipping pages well after I should have been sleeping and I wasn’t sorry for the missed rest one bit. I’ve been anticipating Lord Jaspar’s story since meeting him in an earlier story and I must say Olivia Carlisle is the perfect match for him. I won’t lie, I had extremely high expectations because he made such an instant impression on me and I couldn’t have been more pleased with his story. Having survived war Jaspar no longer sees himself as a gentleman and watching him act like one around Olivia and her son was wonderfully entertaining. I enjoyed the fact that he was the one in need of protection when they first meet, that she in essence saved him and how this usually strong capable man was at the mercy of an inquisitive little boy. I won’t lie I actually cried at a particular scene between this high man and his little friend. I appreciated the skill in which the author took a despicable, yet prevalent subject and still kept the story entertaining and enjoyable while dealing with the repercussions of what happened to Olivia. If you like your historical romances to be filled with well developed characters in intriguing situations this is a must read.
The Story: Olivia Carlisle has jilted her much older fiancée and disappeared from London society without a trace, but five years later Lord Jaspar is asked by her dying mother to find her and bring her home. Jaspar finds her, or rather her son finds him and Olivia decides it is time to return to London. But will their budding relationship end when she returns to society and he returns to avoiding the entire scene?
This masked lord...
Lord Jasper, younger son of a duke, suffered horrible burns fighting in the Napoleonic Wars. He wears a mask to hide his face from the stares and screams and finds comfort in the shadows. Jasper is an exceptional bounty hunter, so when a woman summons him to her deathbed and asks him to find her runaway daughter before she passes away, he doesn't refuse. Jasper is close to his quarry when he's knifed by an assailant. Imagine his surprise when he regains consciousness in the arms of the woman he seeks. Except she's not at all what he expected.
Is not the only one with scars.
On a remote cliff on the sea, Olivia Carlisle calls her five-year-old son in from an approaching storm. But the little boy is more interested in the man he's found on the trail to their hidden cottage. Olivia fears men and wants nothing more than to leave the injured man where she found him. But his knife wound is severe, and with the approaching storm, she knows leaving him will condemn him to death. As Jasper begins to heal, Olivia acknowledges her attraction to him, even though such emotions terrify her almost as much as returning to London. Jasper must convince her that her only chance at safety is to challenge the man who pursues her. They must travel into the lion's den—he to face his vulnerability and she to face her worst fears.