A woman of great fortune…
Margaret Easton needs a husband, and she needs one now. Her parents are convinced that only a European will do, but Margaret wants nothing more than to stay in England. The trouble is that there is only one man Margaret can think of, or rather, one she cannot forget, and he wouldn’t do as a husband at all. Then she finds herself in his care unexpectedly, and her hunt becomes even more complicated than she could have ever imagined.
A man of great mystery…
Rafe Thornton has never said more than ten words to Margaret Easton, but she is rapidly becoming the sole occupant of his thoughts. She is distracting him from his operative work as the Gent, and keeps him from his usual focused nature, which he doesn’t mind at all. When she stumbles into his world, his work and his emotions collide, forcing him to choose between saving the Crown, and protecting his love.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was a fun book to read and I loved the undercover mystery man persona of Rafe. He and Margaret have an undeniable connection, even before they officially met. It was sweet how they always looked for each other to make eye contact and while Margaret knew that he probably wasn't as he seemed, it didn't stop her from fantasizing. Fortunately for her he was even more than what she hoped ;) I was surprised at what Margaret allowed herself to endure at the hands of the chaperone/companion/matchmaker her parents hired sight unseen. It was strange that she, her parents, and friends who might have rescued her allowed someone of a lower class, obvious animosity, and questionable taste to have that much power over her life. I loved the time Rafe and Margaret spent together and how they were able to get to know one another. Their time with the gypsies was especially fun and exciting! There are plenty of great kissing scenes and I enjoyed their chemistry and the dynamic of their relationship. The intrigue of Rafe's work added an element of suspense and made this an enthralling book I didn't want to put down. Fans of The Suspect's Daughter by Donna Hatch will definitely enjoy this book! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Yet another instance of main characters marooning themselves in their own stupidity. Margaret was unbelievably submissive to her chaperone who in turn exerted an absurd, Gothic amount of power. Completely unrealistic. But most annoying was the unnecesary dilly-dallying of the Gent. This story could have concluded in a quarter of the length. There was no reason he couldn't have immediately courted and married her as Lord Marlowe; the spying excuse doesn't logically hold up. It would have been more satisfying to see Margaret help the Gent with his mission. And would have been less contradictory with regards to her character and actions. I also found the sparse conclusion and explanation of the villans dissatisfying. So overall, I have a lot of criticisms. Why do I keep reading these books then? Because of the loads of redeeming charm. Clean though passionate romance.