The heir presumptive to the Viscount Rathmoor, Dominick Manton once had his heart’s desire within reach—a bright future as a barrister and engagement to Jane Vernon, a wealthy baron’s daughter. Then a shattering betrayal by his vindictive brother George snatched away Dom’s inheritance and his hopes of offering Jane a secure future. Brokenhearted, and attempting to end their engagement without destroying Jane’s reputation, Dom staged a betrayal of his own to convince her that he’s not the husband-to-be that she thought.
Now George is gone and the viscountcy restored to Dom, since his brother’s widow, Nancy—Jane’s cousin and closest confidant—never bore an heir. But when Nancy goes missing, a panicked Jane calls on her former fiancé to track down her cousin. Dom knows the mistakes of the past may be unforgiveable—but now, entangled together in mystery and danger, will they rekindle a passionate longing that was never lost to begin with?
Review: I’ve always been a fan of Sabrina Jeffries’ work. She is super talented in the way she blends history, charm, wit, and well developed characters. When I read her work, I’m instantly pulled into the center of the story and the ride is never dull. I laugh, I get mad, I holler at the characters, and in the end, I’m always instantly read for the next book. This particular book is no exception. I loved it from start to finish, despite the fact that this is the fourth and final book in The Duke’s Men series.
All of the characters within this book stole a little piece of my heart as I got to know them, though Dominick was the number one character for me. His willpower, his strong body, his caring heart….all of it stole my breath away. My heart broke for him more than once and I wanted to reach out and hug him so many times.
Jane….ah….the lovely Jane. Though I loved Dom so much more, she was a wonderful character to me. I loved her braveness and her passion. I absolutely enjoyed following her story as she sought to help her cousin, yet tried so hard to keep her feelings hidden.
This is a wonderfully written book and I am dying to go back and read the first three books in this awesome series. Ms. Jeffries has once again shown her talent and captured my heart. If I could give this book more than 5 in rating, I would. But, I’ll settle for highly, highly recommending this novel to all historical romance lovers out there. The twists and turns will hook you until you reach the very last page.