Published: January 27th 2020
Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC (Amara)
Length: 400 pages
My Rating: 3 stars
Constance Campbell, the Duchess of Kilmaine, once believed that all she needed in life was a duke. But everything unraveled when she realized her perfect husband was a perfect monster. Now broken beyond repair, she hides her misery behind a perfect Society mask…even from her childhood friend, Alec.
Dr. Alec McGuiness reluctantly finds himself back in Scotland, and checking up on the only woman to ever get under his skin, Connie. After she spurned him many years ago, he knows his humble life as a doctor could never be enough for her. But when the Duke of Kilmaine is murdered in cold blood, with Connie sleeping right next to him in bed, Alec knows he must protect Connie at all costs from those who would frame her for the duke’s murder.
Now on the run, Connie feels a freedom she only ever dreamed about before, and an unexpected attraction to the man who is keeping her safe. But even if they can win her freedom and clear her name, could she ever open her heart up to someone again?
* Trigger warning* This book features extreme domestic abuse, suffered by the heroine at the hands of her husband.
This is the third in the series, but each book can be read as a standalone. The characters do cross over to a slight extent but not in any way that would affect the enjoyment of each particular romance.
I did enjoy the first in this series, but this book was lacking for me, I can’t put my finger on what exactly bothered me. I guess I just didn’t connect with the characters. I will say it is well-plotted, I was surprised at the killer’s unmasking. There will definitely be fans of historical romance who will love this.
I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
*Blurb and cover image via Goodreads.