When Phin Granville was a spy, working in Hong Kong, Mina Masters saved his life. He then did his best over the next four years to forget about her, and once he ascended to the title Earl of Ashmore he left his spying life behind too.
But now Mina is in London and old troubles are resurfacing. She needs help, so it's only natural to expect Phin to repay his debts.
Meredith Duran's third novel focuses James' troubles friend from Bound by Your Touch
, the mysterious Phin, with all her usual beautiful prose and excellent characterisations. It's just unfortunate that I didn't particularly like any of the characters involved.
Phin and Mina both tend towards arrogance, with frequent moments of selfishness and self-absorption. Mina is at times naïve and brattish in her single-minded stubbornness, while Phin dismisses everyone else's demons and problems to better lament his own. As such there is a lot of soul-searching and pages of angsting, which dilute the tension of the central plot. As such, for me, it led to a weak ending.
All Duran's usual, good hallmarks are in place, but this one simply didn't work for me.