ONCE YOU’VE HAD A TASTE OF SCANDAL . . .
As the Duke of Huntford’s sister, Lady Rose Sherbourne follows the rules of well-bred society. Always chaperoned. Never engaging in unseemly behavior. Well, except for that one summer, years ago. And yet she’s never been able to forget that handsome stable master or the stolen moments they shared. She’s always wondered what might have happened if he hadn’t disappeared without a word . . . Now she’s about to find out.
YOU CAN NEVER GO BACK
Charles Holland never expected to see Lady Rose again. And yet the years haven’t lessened his devotion-or his desire-in any way. Despite their differences in class, Charles cannot stop himself from wanting to possess her. But as they uncover one intimate secret after another about her family, they realize that, this time, their love may come at a very dear price . . .
Review: Barton is a fairly new to me author having only read the third book in this series, Scandalous Summer Nights, I still jumped at the chance to read this, the fourth book in the Honeycote series. This is a historical romance with some romantic suspense thrown in. I definitely need to go back and read the previous books in the series, When She Was Wicked, Once She Was Tempted and the novella, To All The Rakes I’ve Loved Before so I can fill in some of the blanks.
Once again each chapter begins with a definition that has a double meaning with a sentence that explains the meaning not related to terms having to do with horses or riding. It was nice to meet up with characters we’ve met before and have this book seamlessly flow from book three.
This time it is Lady Rose’s and Charles’ story. They come from different sides of the track but the attraction and chemistry are there. Charles had been the stable master at one of Lady Rose’s brother’s estates so they have a history together and he is now the steward at a country estate where they meet up when Rose is a companion to a family friend that is visiting there. The years fall away as they become familiar with each other once again and their feelings resurface. They have plenty of misunderstandings partly because Rose is headstrong and Charles is trying to do the right thing by her and also protect her but Rose seems to get into situations that are not easy to extract herself from. There is one adventure after another that sometimes had me laughing but for the most part they have some darkness to them. There are family and friends, estates, horses, balls, hard work, abandonment, fear, anger, escapes, laughter, tears, sorrow, happiness, steamy moments, romance and love. There is closure and a happily ever after in the offing that I didn’t think would come to fruition but am so glad it did. I hope this series continues since there seems to be much more story to tell.
Favorite Quote: “Do not make the mistake of assuming that being away from Town is some sort of protection. News of a good scandal can travel from Bath to London at the same speed as a bullet shot from a dueling pistol.”