Ms. Martin is back and has managed to again pen an historical romance that has plenty of historical detail, engaging character's, with steamy romance that Ms. Martin is known for.
Vermillion "Lee" Durant is eighteen, and beautiful and is getting ready to follow in her aunt's footsteps, to become the toast of the demirep. Problem is, Vermillion is not sure that that is the kind of lifestyle that she wants to lead. She loves the outdoors, raising, and racing her horses. She doesn't think that when the time comes on her 19th birthday that she can choose a protector. Especially since none of her suitors interest her in the least. There is also the added problem in the fact that she is finding herself drawn to the new groom in her stables, Calab. He is everything a servent should not be. He is arrogant, assertive, and just too good looking for Lee's peace of mind. Still he awakens not only her heart, but her young body to passion.
Calab Tanner is not what he seems. Calab Tanner is an Officer for the British Army, and he is undercover to unveil a spy. Calab is sent to Parklands, Vermillion's home with her aunt becasue it looks as if the spy operates from that small estate. Calab is set in his mission, but what he does not count on is being attracted to a possible spy, and not being able to walk away from that attraction. Eventually he won't be able to fight his feelings for Lee, and realizes that there are actually two women in one. Vermillion the potential member of the demimond, and Lee the young, kind girl that calls sevants friends.
Together Lee and Calab hunt for the spy, and fight their mutal attraction to each other. But, what happens when the past finally catches up to the present and Vermillion finds out who her father really is, and Calab is sent back to the front to fight? Will Calab choose Vermillion over his military career? You will have to read the book to find out.
This story was well paced, and kept my interest until the end. I love to read stories where the herorine is strong and capable, not a milk and water miss. Calab is a true hero from the top of his head, to the tips of he toes, still he can recognize a prize when he sees it. The chemistry between Lee and Calab is scorching and is believable. If you are a fan of this very talented author, you won't want to miss this one!