Format: epub (purchased)
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Three young heirs, imprisoned by an unscrupulous uncle, escaped—to the sea, to the streets, to faraway battle—awaiting the day when they would return to reclaim their birthright.
Sebastian Easton always vowed he would avenge his stolen youth and title. Now back in London, the rightful Duke of Keswick—returning from battle a wounded, hardened, changed man—cannot forget the brave girl who once rescued him and his brothers from certain death.
Lady Mary Wynne-Jones paid dearly for helping the imprisoned young Lords of Pembrook, and she remembers well the promise she made to Sebastian all those years ago: to meet him once more in the abbey ruins where they shared a bold, forbidden kiss. While Mary is now betrothed to another, a friendship forged with dark secrets cannot be ignored. Unexpected passion soon burns dangerously between them, tempting Sebastian to abandon his quest for retribution and fight for a love that could once again set him free.
This is my first Lorraine Heath book and I must say it is a pleasant read. I am always drawn to historical romances with mystery and intrigue to go with the romance.
Sebastian is definitely a tortured hero, my favorite, but what's different about him is that he carries physical scars as well as emotional ones and that just gives him more of a wounded soul vibe that was very appealing.
Mary is one of those fictional women that really draws me in. She's feisty and a bit of an oddball for her time. She doesn't allow her gender to be a handicap or an excuse. She has a strong sense of right and wrong and is loyal to a fault. That's what really gets to Sebastian, even after so many years apart, Mary still believes in him and demands that he and his brothers be given back what was stolen from them.
While Sebastian and Mary's chemistry isn't off the charts, it doesn't take away from the overall story and development of Sebastian and Mary as seperate characters and together as a unit.
Sebastian has dealt with his exile in a much different way than his brothers and though he carries a dark weight with him, it is his two brothers who just may beat him in the tortured hero contest.
I cannot wait to read the rest of this series as well as pick up more books by this author.
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