When Civil War veteran and hero Christian Marshall attempts to aid a mysterious young woman escaping a New York City asylum, he is reminded that good intentions count for nothing and painful memories are best drown in a good bottle of whiskey and the arms of a whore.
Jenny Holland discovers the respite and refuge she needs at Marshall House. To remain in this sanctuary and protect her life-and-death secrets, she must make herself necessary to its master.
But serving at the will and pleasure of such a dark and dangerous man might not be enough, and her attempts to heal his wounds will expose her own.
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Previously Titled: Midnight Princess
"Delightful and exciting... Goodman holds the suspense as well as the surprises and never lets up on the passion." ~RT Book Reviews
"A perfect treat for readers who enjoy smart, sensual love stories à la Amanda Quick." ~Book List
THE MARSHALL BROTHERS SERIES in order:
Her Defiant Heart
His Heart's Revenge
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Thank you to eBook Discovery for the copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. And, this is not an easy book to write a review for. Some facts I considered when writing my review: *The writing is excellent. *The characters are well drawn and fully developed. *The story is well plotted *There is drama, intrigue, romance, sex, abuse and more. *There is a HEA *The set up for book two in the series is well handled. *The story was originally published under the title “Midnight Princess” in 1989. *It was dark and disturbing at times. *There were lighter happier moments. If you are looking for a lighthearted historical romance this is not the book for you. If you have abuse/rape triggers this is not the book for you. If you like a provocative and sometimes disturbing historical romance that takes a look at how horrible some mental institutions were in the past, how controlling some men can be and how valiant, strong and defiant a woman is able to be when she is threatened then this is the book for you.
I received a copy of this book from eBook Discovery in exchange for an honest review, and I must say this book had it all. The story involves an emotionally and physically damaged war veteran as the main male character, along with an emotionally, mentally, and physically abused young woman imprisoned in a 19th century lunatic asylum located in New York city, as the main female character. The first meeting of Christian and Jenny inside of this asylum fairly leaps off the page with descriptive clarity of the darkness and despair of the patient, the lack of compassion or empathy of the doctor, and the need of the visitor to do something besides raging against the degradation of it all. The mystery of Jenny's past and her continued threat to those who want her out of the way, makes for a very suspenseful and page turning story. The twists and turns that her developing romance with Christian take are sometimes heart breaking, but always leading to a resolution that is soul satisfying for the reader. This is the first book of a two book series, but it can be read as a stand alone story.
Not the old tired historical romance with the hero being without faults and the heroine brave and strong. It shows a man who is a gentleman but with flaws galore. Loved the book and would recommend, if you aren’t easily offended and don’t mind reading about life realistically. It’s hard for me to describe Jo Goodman’s talent for the way she portrays her characters, but I’m hooked. If you enjoyed the Throne brother’s series you will like the Marshall brothers. Great author.
The start of another good series for Jo Goodman. I really enjoy her books and even though the subject material is scary, the story is good.