When duty and honor call, the heart must decide if love is stronger.
Three months have passed since Lady Emmaline Darling left her lover and fellow adventurer, Miles. Not certain she's in love with him, they're bonded in a miraculous way—she's enceinte. Yet, despite his promises to write and make plans, there's been nothing but silence. When she discovers he's lied and has been out of pocket on a secret mission for the Crown, she's convinced she can go it alone despite the scandal—and he can't be trusted enough to know her secret hope.
Watching Emmaline slip from his life with his daughter broke his heart, but as fifth Earl of Archewyne, Miles Lawrence Hawkins' responsibility to England called louder than his heartstrings, as does the lingering hope to bring Lord Leventhorpe's killer to light. While chasing a faction of Bonaparte sympathizers intent on starting war anew using an obscure relic of great power, his fate crosses Emmaline's—and she's as volatile as the earthquake that puts them both in peril.
They strike a tentative peace, for the opportunity to adventure—and to survive—together is stronger than their hurt feelings. Mutual need collides in the course of duty, but before the state of their hearts can be realized, fate, with danger as a companion, intervenes. With betrayal, insidious peril and a killer lurking, finding their happy ending will be a harrowing prospect indeed, but adventure—and love—doesn't come without risk.
About the Author
Sandra Sookoo is a USA Today bestselling author who firmly believes every person deserves acceptance and a happy ending. Most days you can find her creating scandal and mischief in the Regency-era, serendipity and happenstance in Victorian America or snarky, sweet humor in the contemporary world. Most recently she’s moved into infusing her books with mystery and intrigue. Reading is a lot like eating fine chocolates—you can’t just have one. Good thing books don’t have calories!
When she’s not wearing out computer keyboards, Sandra spends time with her real life Prince Charming in central Indiana where she’s been known to goof off and make moments count because the key to life is laughter. A Disney fan since the age of ten, when her soul gets bogged down and her imagination flags, a trip to Walt Disney World is in order. Nothing fuels her dreams more than the land of eternal happy endings, hope and love stories.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is an entertaining continuation of the adventures of Lady Emmaline Darling and Miles, the Earl of Archewyne. Having returned the mummies to their rightful resting place in Egypt, Emmy has also agreed to care for Miles' young daughter. She has grown to love the little girl, but Emmy is beginning to believe Miles doesn't really care for Emmy at all. It's been months since she left him in England to clear his name, and she's heard nothing from him. Meanwhile, Miles is actually on the Continent on a mission to protect the king and all of England. He can't let a wild French faction locate an ancient relic that could give the exiled Napoleon great power. Miles wishes he could go to Emmy and his daughter, but duty comes first. Besides, he hasn't heard from Emmy since she left. Has she forgotten him? While Emmy and Miles dance around the fact that they really do love each other, there are relics to find, catacombs to explore, and traitors to unmask. It's a great adventure as they travel across Italy and France. The locations and people are described vividly, giving you the feel that you are right there. I'm looking forward to more adventures with Miles and Emmaline!