Nathaniel, the new Baron Felston, awakes from a fever to discover he’s a prisoner on his own estate. At first, certain he’s gone insane; Nathaniel learns potent opiates are the cause of his strange vision. But, barricaded in a small room, he can’t outwit his mysterious jailer.
Determined to steal back one of her father’s swords, Florrie Cadero gets more than she bargained for when she breaks into the baron’s mansion. The dashing, drugged man in the locked room soon sweeps her into his story—and his bed. When she discovers they’re trapped together, she devises a clever escape. Addicted to his captor’s drugs and bent on revenge, Nathaniel seeks out the feisty thief who freed him. Florrie, now a shop girl, has foresworn her life of adventure. But Nathaniel’s offer of employment intrigues her. Together they must break his addiction and expose the villain who would destroy his life.
Review: This was a wonderful story. It started out slow but I always try to give a book a chance. I am glad I did because I definitely enjoyed this one. Once the two main characters met I really began to care about them both.
Nathaniel’s character held my attention throughout the story. I wanted to climb into the book and protect him. His perseverance and strength of character made me admire him. He was raised by a mother and an uncle who never showed him affection. He lived a life of mental, emotional and physical abuse and the fact that it did not destroy his ability to be gentle with Florrie was remarkable. He was not perfect and that made him even more real. He has flaws and is a wounded hero but he was a man that inspired respect and loyalty.
Florrie also was portrayed as a real person with personality and spirit. She was not presented as a super heroine with power, grace, money and privilege. She did have an independent streak and was definitely not someone who just did as expected as a lady of society. She was compassionate and lived by her own moral code. I think the two characters complimented each other superbly. She gave Nathaniel a focus other than his addiction and also a reason to recover from the damage done to him. They found each other by chance and fulfilled each other in ways no one else could.
The Mad Baron is definitely on my list of books to recommend to other readers of historical romance.
Favorite Quote: He’d gotten himself engaged to a woman whose idea of fun was more than unconventional; it was lunatic.