A forbidden attraction… A hidden desire!
Years ago, penniless Lorene Summerfield wed for duty, giving her siblings the chance to marry for love. But now the generous-hearted countess finds herself widowed…and the man she’s loved in silence for years is falsely accused of her husband’s murder!
Although he closed his heart to love long ago, the Earl of Penford has always found Lorene irresistible. Their newly ignited passion may be scandalous, but now he’ll stop at nothing to clear his name and win Lorene’s hand!
The opening of this see’s Lenore enjoying a family Christmas, after sneaking out of her home so that her bullying husband couldn’t stop her. She has a cheerful and happy time and then she returns home. The moment she steps through the door her jealous and nasty husband begins his bullying, but it’s not just her that he is raging at, he is venting at the Earl of Penford; who just happens to be the very man the man she secretly loves and the man that she knows se will never have. In his rage her aged husband, Lord Tinmore slips on the steps of their home and is killed instantly. Only for Dell, Lord Penford to be accused of pushing the elderly Earl, in a jealous rage in the hopes of getting his hands on Lorene.
Being an ex military Captain, Dell Summerfield has more experience with battle then the average Joe but the battle he is faced with now is much more dangerous that what he is used, this is a not a skirmish this is a legal battle to prove that he didn’t do what the Tinmore staff said he did.
He settled into the other chair, but immediately she felt ashamed of herself for wanting his company.
‘Do not feel you have to stay with me,’ she said. ‘I would despise myself if I ruined your time at the ball.’
‘You do not ruin it.’ His voice was low, and, although he was clean-shaven, he seemed as rakish as that night in the inn.
‘Do you not miss the dancing?’ she asked.
He faced her. ‘Do you?’
She wrapped her arms around her and tucked her feet under her. ‘I did not expect to dance, but I thought you might.’ With that pretty young lady he’d greeted as soon as walking away from her.
‘I remember you were a very good dancer,’ he said. She smiled.
‘My goodness, that seems so long ago.’ He stood.
‘Come. You enjoy dancing. I remember you do.’ She shook her head.
‘I just want to stay here for a little while.’
‘Then let us dance here.’ He extended his hand….
As much as I like a good Historical Romance with a Military hero, I couldn’t seem to get into this, I did find that it was a little drawn out for my liking. Which really was a shame because the actual storyline is something that I would pick up and read, but I couldn’t relate to the character’s as I usually would do. I am usually drawn to a particular character, one who I want to follow and get to know more about them but for some reason there wasn’t that usually pull that I tend to get. Whether that is because this is the last book in the series or something else, but I do hate to say it; especially when regarding Historical Romance but I’m afraid I didn’t enjoy this as I should do.
The story is very safe and follows a much used recipe for this genre, not that there is anything wrong with that. This is the first time I have read Gaston’s work so I am not going to judge on this one outing. I do like the over all writing or Gaston’s work though, she is a witty, smart and very charming writer who knows her craft and the fact that I got that impression from my first of her work just goes to show that what a skilful writer she is.
I would recommend this to avid Gaston fans who have already read and enjoyed the Summerfield Series, just because this isn’t for me doesn’t mean that the won’t appeal to others.
This was an ARC version, which I received via Mills and Boon Insiders in exchange for an honest review.
At the county mental health center where Diane worked, she and her colleagues would sometimes fantasize about what job they dreamed of having. Diane always said her dream job would be writing romance novels. When her life settled down enough, that’s exactly what Diane set out to do. It took years, but finally the dream came true with a phone call from Mills and Boon’ Diane soon put her mental health career behind her and became a full-time writer of Regency romance. Her books have gone on to win prestigious romance awards such as the National Readers Choice Awards, the Orange Rose, and, the biggest award of all, Romance Writers of America’s RITA. Before ever selling a book, though, Diane reaped a world of friendships through her romance writing, a wonderful bonus to living her dream. When not writing, Diane enjoys emailing with her friends and traveling to England for research. But no more moving. She’s lived in the same house for over 20 years now, shared with her husband and three very ordinary house cats. Diane loves to hear from readers and friends.