The night Victoria Conrad runs away doesn’t turn out at all like she planned. After being accosted by two ruffians, she is rescued by the Earl of Carlisle’s coachmen and taken to his country house—only to discover she is his prisoner.
Alastair Saville returned from the war horribly scarred from painful injuries, the last heir to an earldom he doesn’t want. But the single purpose consuming his thoughts is revenge against the man Alastair blames for his sister’s death—Ellison Montgomery. He kidnaps Victoria to prevent her marriage to Ellison, intending to bring the man to ruin through poverty and scandal.
Once he has Victoria as his unwilling guest, she ceases to serve as an anonymous tool in his quest. Vivacious and alluring, she brings light into Alastair’s shattered existence.
Review: This book was a change of pace for me as this isn’t a BDSM book but a blush romantic book. I liked this story and I liked the characters, even the characters who were supposed to be villains. Alastair, the male protagonist, was rough around the edges due to not being around people very much and didn’t have a lot of social graces. He was so sexy though, I think it had a lot to due with him not talking a lot about what happened to him that led to the scars. I also think his sex appeal stemmed from the scars themselves. I also liked him because he was just a nice guy. He was sensitive to Victoria and he was also sensitive about people judging him due to the way he looked as well as his social standing. He cared deeply for his sister and treated his servants very well.
Victoria, the female protagonist was likable as well. She did a few dumb moves that needed to happen to make the story flow, but in spite of her momentary lapse in judgement, she was a sweet young lady who recognized “a diamond in the rough” in Alastair. Victoria was sweet and biddable but in the end she showed her steel edge and gave back what people tried to force on her. I really liked how you got to read how both Victoria and Alastair felt towards each other from when they first met right up till the end. The reader was in each of their heads and you saw how they each changed their viewpoints towards each other the more they got to know each other. I really like when you see the characters grow and learn to value themselves as well as the person they are supposed to fall in love with.
Victoria’s sister, on the other hand, was ghastly and quite unpleasant but as you get to know her you begin to understand where she’s coming from and while you may not completely like her, you feel empathy for her. I think the worst villains in this book were Victoria’s intended, Ellison Montgomery, and his Grandfather. They were not nice. Even as bits and pieces of information were revealed to give you a snap shot as to why they acted the way they did, you still couldn’t like them.
Overall, a light enjoyable read that will make you forget what’s ailing you and you’ll feel like you’re really there during all the action.