This review is from: She Tempts the Duke (Lost Lords of Pembrook) (Mass Market Paperback)
In 1844, immediately after the death of their father, fourteen-year-old Sebastian Easton and his two younger brothers were locked in the tower by their uncle, Lord David. They would have been killed had it not been for twelve-year-old Mary, daughter to their neighbor the Earl of Winslow. Mary had overheard Lord David tell someone to murder the boys. Fearing for her friends' lives, Mary rescued them. The three brothers escaped - to the sea, to the street, to faraway battle - until they could return and reclaim their birthrights. Mary promised to meet Sebastian once more in the abbey ruins where they shared a forbidden kiss. Twelve years passed.
It is the year 1856. Sebastian Easton, the rightful Duke of Keswick, returns from Battle to reclaim his title and heritage. He is now a hardened, changed man. He tries to keep the scarred side of his face in the shadows and wears a patch over the socket that is missing an eye. Lord David wed only a few months prior and has recently petitioned the court for the title. The three brothers make a grand, unified appearance at the ball hosted by Lord David and his new wife. All three men know that Lord David would eventually try again to kill them. But their uncle would find the task to be much harder now.
Lady Mary Wynne-Jones paid dearly for helping the imprisoned Lords of Pembrook. The young girl had told her father of Lord David's execution order, believing he would do something to help her friends. Instead, the Earl of Winslow had sent her off to a nunnery. Now, at the age of twenty-four, Mary has been allowed to return to London and is having her first Season. Mary is already betrothed to handsome Viscount Fitzwilliam when Sebastian finally reappears for retribution. Understanding that the brothers feel uneasy in society, but knowing they must be accepted by their peers, Mary does all she can to help. Unexpected passion soon burns between Mary and Sebastian, causing problems for many. As the danger mounts from Lord David, Sebastian may have to choose between the title that has obsessed him and Mary, the woman he cannot seem to let go - even for her own good.
**** FOUR STARS! Lorraine Health has created a story about three boys who were forced to grow up far too early. The story is so well written that I could almost feel Sebastian's consternation about reentering society, how is battle scars may horrify any young lady and harm his chance of finding a wife, as well as his need for revenge. The two younger brothers are mentioned, as well as how and what they did during their time apart, but the main focus of the story is kept on Sebastian and Mary. I do not believe enough is said about how Mary must feel toward her father. She never seems to be very upset about being sent away and seemingly forgotten. I cannot help but believe that Mary should have shown more regret, anger, or embarrassment at having her first season years later than normal. Much of the time that the story focuses on Mary, it is to show Mary considering how Sebastian must feel and how to help him. Therefore, not enough is told about how she must feel. I am a bit disappointed in that regard. Still, this installment is very entertaining and has laid the foundation for the stories of Sebastian's brothers. I eagerly look forward to them. ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.