Hathaway Wycoff has come to America to escape his meaningless life as a profligate and adulterous lord. When he first meets Lucy Stone, he thinks she is a prostitute. But when he finds out the truth about the fair widow, he begins to wonder if he could ever be good enough to deserve her.
Lucy Stone had married young and lived to regret it. She is drawn to the English lord from the first, but past experience has taught her to be cautious. Still, when she discovers that Lord Wycoffe had been a notorious womanizer during his marriage, she is heartbroken. Because even though his first wife is deceased, she would never be able to trust him to be a faithful husband. Above all, she has to think of the best interests of her son, Jamie.
So when her brother-in-law, Baron Hunt, invites her and her son to visit them in England, Lucy jumps at the chance to escape from temptation. What a surprise, then, to find Lord Wycoffe on the same freighter!
An older gentleman (40+) and an adulterer, Hathaway Wycoffe is an unusual--but surprisingly worthy--hero for a romance novel. He explains his reasons for his past behavior, but doesn't use them as an excuse to avoid responsibility. He demonstrates a great deal of humility and patience in his attempt to clear his reputation and make himself worthy for his lady love--although he has no guarantee that she will ever learn to trust him.
Ah, Lucy is a very lucky woman indeed!
A sequel to "The Cad," and "The Choice," this book continues the fascinating saga of a delightful group of Regency-era characters. I must admit I can't wait for Rafe's and Drum's books to appear! Be sure I will be first in line!