MJP definitely saved the best for last in the Fallen Angels series. Had I known that this one could most likely be read as a standalone (maybe readingMJP definitely saved the best for last in the Fallen Angels series. Had I known that this one could most likely be read as a standalone (maybe reading Shattered Rainbows first, but not necessarily), I probably would have read it first, but at least I got to know a lot about the secondary characters on my journey.
Stephen Kenyon, Duke of Ashburton, is dying. His doctor warns him that he has 3-6 months to live, but probably will not make it all the way to 6. So Stephen - desparate to live what little life he has left - gives himself 90 days to live and begins a backwards countdown while he sets out by himself to find peace with his untimely death. A week into the journey, he stops to watch a troupe of strolling players, and is intrigued by Mrs. Rosalind Jordan, a minor character actress. However, he knows that beginning an affair, if the lady is even willing, isn't fair to either of them, and he continues his journey. Until he comes across Rosalind and her family, The Fitzgerald Theater Troupe, in trouble. After saving the youngest son, he is hailed as a hero, but due to a head injury, he accidentally leads them to believe he is Mr. Stephen Ashe, an itinerant gentleman. As he travels with him, first to recuperate and then because he is having fun, he and Rosalind form a tentative friendship that soon leads to something much more. When Rosalind finds out that Stephen is terminally ill, comfort turns to passion, and soon they are planning to be married. Luckily, the truth of Stephen's identity comes out easily, and the Fitzgeralds - including Rosalind - are accepting, although she is somewhat bemused to have gone from foundling orphan widow to the Duchess of Ashburton. She enters her marriage knowing Stephen is not long for this life, and though the thought grieves her, she is determined to make the best of what time she has left with Stephen, and she succeeds in doing just that.
There are a few quibbles (I figured out what was wrong with Stephen on page 8, and the resolution of Rosalind's origins is one of my all time Romancelandia pet peeves) and until I hit the last leg of this book, I knew I was going to give this "only" four and a half stars. But as I sobbed through the last 60 pages, and then finished it and continued to sob, I knew that this book deserves no less than five stars for a WONDERFUL conclusion to this series. A must-read for anyone who loves sweet but heartwrenching historical romance. A+...more
I am so overwhelmed after finishing this book that I literally do not have words. It was a fantastic, fascinating, heartbreaking look into the conflicI am so overwhelmed after finishing this book that I literally do not have words. It was a fantastic, fascinating, heartbreaking look into the conflicts between the Comanche people and white settlers, and shows just how little sense war makes, and how far-reaching the consequences of vengeance can be. I loved Loretta and Hunter. My only complaint was that it ended. Highly recommended to anyone who loves American historical romance....more