Desperate to protect her father from trial and death, Genevieve breaks off her engagement with Christian Amesbury and marries a blackmailer. After a year of marriage, she flees her husband’s violent domination only to have fate bring her back to Christian. Just when she thinks she’s started a new life of safety and solitude, her husband tracks her down, stalks her, and threatens everyone she loves.
Still brokenhearted over Genevieve’s betrayal a year ago, Christian can’t believe she’s come back into his life–and worse, that she’s done it on the anniversary of his brother’s death, a death that haunts him. Though tempted to throw her back into the river where he found her, he can’t leave her at the mercy of the terrifying man she married.
When her husband torments Genevieve and puts his family in danger, Christian will do anything to protect those he loves…anything except give Genevieve another chance to break his heart.
I very much enjoyed reading this book. It is a great escape into the early 19th century! I found it quite fairy-tale like in that there is a lot of suspension of belief necessary. How the characters keep ending up in the same places at the same time can only be accepted in that way.
The emotions the characters go through in the book are heart-wrenching and are extremely well-written. It was easy to immerse myself in the lives of the characters and really feel what they were feeling.
Since I was reading on my Kindle, I never looked at the cover so I didn’t realize until I reached the end of the book that I was reading book three in a series! I never, ever read books in a series out of order so this was a bit of a shock for me! It works okay for this series though as each book is about a different member of the Amesbury family. I feel I could easily go back and read the other books about Christian’s brothers without feeling like I know too much already.
All in all, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
About Donna Hatch
My passion for writing began at the tender age of 8 and I’ve been hooked ever since. Of course, I also wanted to be an actress and a ballerina, but one out of three isn’t bad, right?
In between caring for six children, (7 counting my husband), my day job, my free lance editing and copy writing, and my many volunteer positions, I manage to carve out time to indulge in my writing obsession. After all, it IS an obsession. My family is more patient and supportive than I deserve.
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