ONCE YOU'VE HAD A TASTE OF SCANDAL . . .
As the Duke of Huntford's sister, Lady Rose Sherbourne follows the rules of well-bred society. Always chaperoned. Never engaging in unseemly behavior. Well, except for that one summer, years ago. And yet she's never been able to forget that handsome stable master or the stolen moments they shared. She's always wondered what might have happened if he hadn't disappeared without a word . . . Now she's about to find out.
YOU CAN NEVER GO BACK
Charles Holland never expected to see Lady Rose again. And yet the years haven't lessened his devotion-or his desire-in any way. Despite their differences in class, Charles cannot stop himself from wanting to possess her. But as they uncover one intimate secret after another about her family, they realize that, this time, their love may come at a very dear price . . .
About the Author
Anne Barton began swiping romance novels off her mom's bookshelf as a teenager, so when she had the chance to spend a semester in London-home to her favorite heroes-she packed her bags and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.
Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anne found her way back to writing the stories she loves and in 2011 won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart® for Regency Historical Romance. She lives in Maryland with her husband (who, sadly, is not a peer of the realm-but a great guy nonetheless) and her three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her weaknesses include reality TV, cute-but-impractical shoes, and caffeinated beverages of all kinds.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is book 4 in the Honeycote series. Lady Rose Sherbour was rendered mute after seeing a traumatizing event as a young girl. But that didn't stop her from having a wonderful summer with the stable boy. They were able to communicate without words. Even though they were very young, she could sense the connection between them even then. But he just disappeared one day and Rose has no idea what had become of him. Now speaking again and moving about in society, Rose runs into her stable boy at a most unexpected place. Charles Holland never imagined that he would see Lady Rose again. When she shows up to stay at the home of his employer, he realizes that his feelings for her haven't changed in all the years they have been apart. When Rose asks him to help find information about her mother, Charles can't refuse. Will the different in their stations keep this unlikely couple apart? Once again Barton put together a wonderful story! It's not often that we see a story where the H/H have such class difference. But once again, Barton was able to pull it off. I always love her stories because they always contain some mystery in which the H/H need to solve. That just enhances the story as it puts them into situations in which they normally wouldn't have found themselves in. I've loved this series, but I think this is the last one....so sad!! I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next!! Thanks go out to Forever - Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Lady Rose Sherbourne is the sister of the Duke of Huntford and lives with him at Huntford Manor. Her mother left her husband, Rose, her sister, Olivia, and her brother, Owen, many years ago. Her father has since passed away and no one knows where her mother is. Since then, Rose has not spoken. Rose contents herself by visiting the stables and watching Charles, the Stable Master, handle the horses. He has been very kind to her and they have become friends. There is an attraction growing between them, although Charles knows it can never go anywhere. When the Duke sees this attraction, he sends Charles away. Rose is so distressed that she finally speaks again for the first time when she says, “No!" Several years later, Rose is now heading to Bath as the companion of the crabby Viscountess, Lady Bonneville. Rose is happy to do this as it gets her away from her family that seems intent on seeing her get married. While in Bath, they will be the guests of Lady Yardley who happens to be an old friend of Rose’s mother. To Rose’s delightful surprise, Charles has become Lady Yardley’s steward. While she wants to renew their friendship, Rose is reminded that there is a difference in their classes and she is in Bath to attend soirees in hopes of finding a husband. Rose is not interested in dances and such but goes to satisfy the two ladies. She finds time to talk to Charles and discovers that his dream is to move to America where he can find a new life. Rose is heartbroken at this news but wants only the best for him. As Rose has interactions with Lady Yardley, she finds that she knows more about her mother than she is willing to tell. In addition, Rose discovers that this woman is a mean person bent on pursuing her own pleasures with no thought of whom she hurts. Come follow the story of Rose and Charles. Is there a future for them? Will she ever find her mother? This is a wonderful love story that I’m sure will draw readers in and not let them go until the last page.