Can a single night's deception lead to a lifelong love?
On the eve of her wedding to a man she detests, Brynmore McCann can think of only one way to escape--by ruining herself--but the local lads leave her wholly uninspired. Just as she's ready to accept her fate, she spots Maxwell Drake, home after nearly a decade. Even though he had loved her sister when they were young, Bryn has always considered him hers, and she can't think of anyone she'd rather have bed her for the first time. Only she never intends for him to uncover her real name.
Upon returning home, Maxwell is stunned by the news that his father may have left him an inheritance. As the unacknowledged by-blow of a local nobleman, Maxwell struggles with resentment over the way he and his mother were treated by his father and the village. To add to his troubles, he discovers the lass he spent an incredibly satisfying night with was not the village whore, but the high-born sister of his first love. He insists Brynmore travel with him to Edinburgh until they determine if she is with child. Because if she is, she'll marry him whether she wants to or not.
Along the road to Edinburgh, they are attacked by persons unknown. As the list of suspects who want them dead grows longer and his worries deepen, Maxwell prepares for an even more personal battle--how to keep from surrendering his heart to Brynmore.
Warning: Contains a broody Scotsman, a fiery-haired lass, and a night of passion that changes everything. Readers are encouraged to bring a fan.
About the Author
She writes sexy, small town contemporaries and smoking hot Regency historicals. KISS ME THAT WAY, Cottonbloom Book 1, won the Stiletto Contest for Best Long Contemporary and finaled in the National Readers Choice Award. THEN HE KISSED ME, Cottonbloom Book 2, was named an Amazon Best Romance of 2016 and was a finalist for the National Excellence for Romance Fiction. TILL I KISSED YOU, Cottonbloom Book 3, is a finalist in the Maggie contest. LEAVE THE NIGHT ON, the latest Cottonbloom book, was named an iBooks Best Book of the Month and a Recommended Read from NPR.
When not lost in a cozy Southern town or Regency England, she's shuttling kids to soccer, helping with homework, and avoiding the Mt. Everest-sized pile of laundry that is almost as big as the to-be-read pile of books on her nightstand.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Very good mystery with romance
Very enjoyable. Had to skip over sex stuff, but good story
Bryn was going to make sure she is ruined in hopes Dugan will cancel their betrothed. When she spies Drake Maxwell whom she hadn’t seen in 10 years she knows he’s the one she wants ruining her. Drake finds a woman in his bed and they seduce each other, when he wakes the next morning and sees the blood he knows he must find her because he will not have a bastard. He will find her and marry her. When he arrives at Mary’s, he spots someone climbing out of a window down the 3 story wall. He realizes it’s a woman and then the woman he made love to Bryn. Mary, her husband Craddack and Dugan Armstrong are still determined to make Bryn marry. She doesn’t understand why and Drake takes her away. As they are heading to Edinburgh someone keeps trying to kill them. Drake is determined to kind out what his no good father left him in the will and find out what’s in Bryn betrothed contract. A wonderful story where the two find love and each other.
WOW!!! I loved, loved, loved A Reckless Redemption, a historical romance by Laura Trentham, book three in her Spies and Lovers series. This story has the all the fixings one would expect from a historical suspense. We have the mystery of why Brynmore McCann’s half-sister is forcing her to marry Dugan Armstrong, a bully and uncaring man. We have the virgin, Bryn, who thinks if she “ruins” herself with another man she will be able to escape this horrific marriage. Then there’s the war hero, Maxwell Drake, returning after a decade, who is in the right place, at least for Bryn to give herself to him. Things then go awry when Maxwell discovers who was in his bed the night before. Being an honorable man, he is determined to do the right thing by Bryn, in case she is with child, even if it messes up her sister’s machinations. When they find Bryn being forced against her will to marry, he takes her and escapes to Edinburgh. On the road to and once in Edinburgh they are attacked by unknown people, adding to the list of suspects who want them dead. In Edinburgh these two discover an alive grandmother of Bryn’s; an inheritance and acknowledgement as the illegitimate son of a nobleman for Maxwell; the marriage contract Bryn’s sister forced her to sign; a chance for kind and caring Bryn to bring love into grumpy Maxwell’s life and he into her hard, sad life. I really loved reading this book and had a great deal of trouble putting this book down. Ms. Trentham is a wonderful story teller who draws me into her books, making me forget the world around me and not letting me go until I turned the last page. I highly recommend this book to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.