Lady of Seduction, Book Three of the Daughters of Erin series, by Laurel McKee revisits the widowed Lady Caroline Blacknall, a bluestocking and one of the famously independent and beautiful sisters has taken a dangerous sea voyage to find the reclusive Sir Grant Dunmore.
The two have a history from when Grant had wanted to marry Caro's sister Anna and had taken reckless, dangerous steps to get her attention. Grant's plan backfired through he tried to undo the damage, the incident left him permanently scarred.
But Caro isn't put off by the scars - physical and emotional - she sees something in Grant that he doesn't see in himself. Caro is still drawn to Grant and her brief retreat brings her adventure and love, however temporary.
Sir Grant Dunmore has long been haunted by his memories of Caroline Blacknall. When she washed up on his island, he fights to save her life, again and again. The love of a good woman has turned many a man around - and while Grant loves Caro, he feels that she deserves more than he can give her.
I discovered Laurel McKee with this Daughters of Erin series and fell in love with the characters. Her heroines, the Blacknall sisters are smart, strong, independent. The men who love them recognize their strengths even as others around them recognize that the sisters are ahead of their time. To be honest, their guts and intellect makes them seem almost cutting edge, even for our day.
I like that McKee sets the stories in an unusual location - Ireland during Rebellion of 1798 and the Rising of 1803. The final installment, Lady of Seduction, is a keeper.