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on 19 January 2013
I was gripped from the very beginning of this book and I stayed up until 3.30am to finish it! I was totally engrossed in the story of Gareth and Juliet. Gareth is a rakehell and leader of the Den of Debauchery, a group of fellow rakes who drink, gamble, sleep around and play pranks on just about anyone. On his way home one evening, Gareth comes across a stage coach being held up by highwaymen. Being his usual, impulsive self, he decides to help the poor victims and stop the robbery. He manages to do just that, but not before getting himself shot. Juliet, who was on the coach, looks after him whilst waiting for help, which comes in the form of the other members of Gareth's gang. They are taken to Blackheath, Gareth's ancestral home.
Juliet is from Boston, one of the colony's in America which is now at war with the Redcoats. She is travelling to Blackheath with her baby daughter to throw herself on the mercy of her dead fiance, Charles' family as he asked her to should anything happen to him. She doesn't realise until she is on her way there after Gareth is shot that the injured man in her arms is Charles' brother.
I won't go into anymore detail as I don't want to spoil the story for anyone, but what follows is a gripping and heartfelt romance between a woman torn between her feelings for two brothers, one living, one dead and a man who wants to prove that he isn't a useless wastrel, especially to the woman he has fallen in love with and his older brother.
Gareth is a flawed but lovable hero, he is kind, funny and compassionate but also strong, he knows how to fight! Juliet is a strong heroine and compliments Gareth perfectly and the passion between them sizzles! All of the characters are very well developed, even the secondary characters leap off the page, especially Lucien, Gareth's dark and manipulative older brother. I can't wait to read his story!
This is a great story, it has everything, humour, drama, sex, betrayal and I advise anyone who enjoys historical romance to buy it. I purchased the second book in the series before I had finished this one and can't wait to start reading it.