The heir to his family's fortune, Aidan Wollstonecraft is ready to put his prodigal ways in the past and prove himself worthy of his illustrious name. Going undercover in a factory to expose the wretched working conditions, Aidan believes his noble act will lead him to a better future. Until he's reunited with the sweet beauty who saw him through his darkest days. Cristyn Bevan stirs him like no other woman before. Makes him yearn to claim her, despite the damning curse that dooms any Wollstonecraft wife to an all-too-early death . . .
To fall for Aidan would be her undoing. Yet, something about the blue-blooded scoundrel draws Cristyn to him like a moth to a deadly flame. Is it a desire to heal him that keeps the lovely nurse close? Or her secret hope that somehow, some way, Aidan can let go of his dark past and see the light-and the love-waiting for him?
"Karyn Gerrard writes very enjoyable, richly textured historical romances."
-Kate Pearce, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
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This is the third installment of the Men of Wollstonecraft Hall series. I recommend that you read the first two, else you may feel a bit lost. I missed the first one, but did read book two in which Aidan's struggle and Cristyn's work at her father's sanatorium was a large part of the story. I really enjoyed reading about Aidan's fight with opium addiction and all the accompanying baggage that went with it. It was a nice change of pace to see the hero struggling with a real life problem. It wasn't pretty, and he wasn't always particularly likeable, but it was real. The plight of factory workers in the 1800's, especially women and children, was absolutely heartbreaking and riveting. It's hard to believe that children were once treated that way in a supposedly civilized nation. I did have a bit of an issue with the romance between Aidan and Cristyn. I can't put my finger on it , but I just couldn't warm up to Cristyn, though I liked her in the previous book. The romance just didn't ring true to me. Perhaps if there had been a little more focus on their relationship without the side stories of romances of other men in the Wollstonecraft family I would have felt it more. Still, this story is well worth the read for the compelling issues of drug addiction and factory conditions. I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
Cristyn is a nurse working with her father at a sanatorium that treats those suffering from addictions, mostly opium. Aiden, Lord Wollstonecraft is admitted to this institution when he hits rock bottom. His uncle finds him living with thieves and prostitutes. He will do anything for another taste of opium. She falls in love with him even as she cares for him through the worst of his withdrawals. As Aiden gets better, he realizes that he is attracted to Cristyn as well. He feels he is not good enough due to all the depraved things he has done and there's a curse that follows all of the women in the family. The curse is said that the women, either by blood or marriage don't love long. Aiden has always felt that since the family is cursed, he might as well spend his time doing whatever he wants to. He leaves the facility looking to do something worthwhile. He decides to work undercover at a mill that his uncle owns to investigate the working conditions. They are worse than can be imagined. Will Aiden get out alive? What about the curse, will anything break it? I enjoyed reading this book. It does have subjects that may cause distress in some people. There are conversations of abuse and addiction. The author has done her homework on the history and reform of the working conditions during this time. I received this book from Net Galley and Kensington Books for a honest review and no compensation otherwise.The opinions and thoughts are my own.