Victoria, Countess of Pembroke, knew her marriage wasn’t a love match, but she certainly hadn’t expected to be wedded, bedded and abandoned in the countryside. When her husband suddenly returns bent on seduction, she’s suspicious of his motives, even though she finds it difficult indeed to resist his knowing hands and hot kisses.
Pembroke can’t allow Victoria to discover the real reason for his reappearance in her life. To get what he wants, he’ll do anything, even if it means bedding the wife he never wanted.
But what begins as a tedious task turns into a raging passion neither of them can deny. As the truth unravels at last, they must choose between forgetting the past or allowing it to consume them.
Review: This is one of those cookie-cutter stories where only the names have been changed. Take a wealthy heiress, arrange a marriage with a titled Englishman and then watch as said titled Englishman proceeds to cut a swath through any willing warm-blooded female except his wife.
In this case, Pembroke reappears after five months and suddenly becomes interested in the wife he had abandoned. There’s plenty of drama involved as Victoria tries to guard her heart from this supposedly reformed rake…until she discovers the real reason he came home.
The couple must determine if the heat generated between them is real or if Pembroke’s real motivation is keeping the purse strings open. While Victoria’s character is developed as a strong, independent woman, some of the decisions she makes are a bit dim-witted. I didn’t have much sympathy for Pembroke, which led to me not being able to relate to the storyline. In order for this story to generate more appeal, it needed more development beyond what was offered.