A Spin-off of A Devil's Own Luck When unapologetic rake Phillip “Pip” Stubbs takes a position at Greer cottage, he’s only thinking of a new village to explore, new chits to woo, and hoping for another distraction from the growing restlessness inside him. But when the new master arrives, Pip ends up more unsettled than ever. Major Astley McNalty is a wealthy retired surgeon, soldier, and world traveler. Despite the injury that has left him lame, the gentleman has everything a common servant like Pip could ever wish for, and yet he spends his nights in drunken brooding and his days in solitary melancholy. He’s a mystery to Pip, so when the major defies convention and asks Pip to read to him at night, Pip gladly accepts for a chance to spend his winter evenings by the library fire and perhaps satisfy his curiosity. Until one night, while thoroughly drunk, the major kisses Pip and changes everything between them. Fear of discovery, fear of repeating the past, and secrets on both sides threaten their burgeoning connection. They must learn to trust one another if they have any hope of finding a safe path to a future together.
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If you've ever wondered what happens when a man who can have any woman he wants falls in love with a man who he can't have...this is a good book for you. RM introduced us briefly to Pip the wanderer in Carey's book. Pip manages to come off as intelligent if a little unambitious guy who falls for a man above his station who has been wounded both physically and emotionally. This is where the story breaks down a little for me. We never really see Pip and Astley grow together as friends and we never really see Astley's character evolve either. They basically go from not really speaking, to reading together, to having sex and then not speaking again that your head kind of spins. The mount for the horse never gets used, the horse never gets a name, Astley only leaves the house one two times in the book and towards the end it is hard to tell if he's almost 40 or 21 because he's so immature....all inconsistencies I wish would have fixed. I gave it three stars because I'm a sucker for a HEA...even if it is only in my imagination...