Published: February 25th 2020
Publisher: Zebra Books
Length: 352 Pages
My Rating: 4 stars
Lady Gwyn Drake has long protected her family’s reputation by hiding an imprudent affair from her youth. But when her former suitor appears at Armitage Hall, manhandling the heiress and threatening to go public with her secrets, it’s Gwyn who needs protecting. Her twin brother, Thorn, hires Joshua Wolfe, the estate’s gamekeeper, to keep her safe in London during her debut. As a war hero, Joshua feels obligated to fulfill the assignment he has accepted. But as a man, it’s torment to be so very close to the beauty he’s fought to ignore . . .
With handsome Joshua monitoring her every move, Gwyn would prefer to forget both the past and the parade of money-seeking bachelors at her coming out. But Joshua is unmoved by her attempts at flirtation, and the threat of blackmail still hangs over her. With danger closing in, Gwyn must decide which is the greater risk: deflecting a scoundrel’s attempts to sabotage her–or revealing her whole heart to the rugged bodyguard she can’t resist . . .
I have waited for this book since I read the first chapter at the end of the first book. I would recommend reading the series in order as there is significant overlap with the characters however if this is your first time reading then you won’t be lost as the author provides an excellent background for the characters.
I love a gruff injured hero, and Joshua does not disappoint. A wounded war hero, he won’t let his injuries come in the way of his pride and is willing to earn his living not be supported by his wealthy relatives. He is the perfect foil for Gwyn. I wasn’t as enamoured with Gwyn as I felt she brought a lot of misery on her self by not sharing her issues with her family or Joshua.
Overall this is a highly enjoyable historical romance, and I can’t wait to continue with the series.
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.