This is my second book by Courtney Milan and I really enjoyed this story. This author has a definite talent and I love how she incorporates the unusual in her stories and makes it work so well.
I loved the hero, Ash Turner. He is one of those men just oozing with that sizzling sex appeal that draws you in making you love him. But my love for him was not just his charismatic appeal. I liked his character ...he is strong, intelligent, honorable, resilient and protective of those he loves. And while hiding a long held secret we see a vulnerable side that appealed to me. Still suffering from painful events from his childhood, he is haunted by memories and relentlessly seeks revenge from the one man who hurt his family.
Lady Anna Margaret Dalrymple is the kind of heroine I like…intelligent, strong and fierce in her loyalty to those she loves. You can count on her to do what’s right, even if it causes her much pain and heartache. Caught in the web of her father’s lies and Ash’s revenge, I admired her strength amidst so much personal pain and despair.
But I do not wish to convey that this story is all about hatred, revenge and despair. This is an amazing story full of passion, tenderness, strong sensual desire, longing, and hope. And as this story unveiled their deepest desires and fears, I found myself saying, “well done” Courtney Milan for another wonderful romance.
One of my favorite quotes(view spoiler)[“Do you know why my peers want their brides to have pale skin? They want a woman who is a canvas, white and empty. Standing still, existing for no other purpose than to serve as a mute object onto which they can paint their own hopes and desires. They want their brides veiled. They want a demure, blank space they can fill with whatever they desire.”
“Miss Lowell, you magnificent creature, I want you to paint your own canvas. I want you to unveil yourself.”
It wasn’t fair that this man, this one man who had utterly destroyed her, would be the one to pick her deepest desire out of the maelstrom of her wants. (hide spoiler)]