Published by St. Martin's Press on October 31st 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance
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He would do anything to protect her. Even marry her…
The son of a cold-hearted duke, Nicholas St. Mauer isn’t one to involve himself in society…or open his own heart to anyone. But driven by honor, the reclusive Earl of Somerton feels obliged to keep a watchful eye on Lady Emma Cavensham. She possesses a penchant for passions unbecoming a woman that finds Nick in constant peril of losing his well-structured solitude. She even dared kiss Nick once―an utterly unladylike, and delightful, lapse…
Emma can’t deny the appeal of the earl’s attention, and occasional affection, but she has no need for a man. There are worse fates than spinsterhood, as Emma knows too well. She still mourns the loss of her dear friend Lena, and is determined to prove Lena’s husband responsible for her death before he lures another innocent woman into a brutal marriage. But as Emma pursues her prey, a compromising moment upends all her plans. Now, with gossip swirling and her reputation in tatters, Nick may be the only man brave enough to join in Emma’s cause. . .and fight for her heart.
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What will an almost spinster do for a rare book? Lady Emma Cavensham would duck out of a ball, steal the family carriage, and meet a gentleman at an inn without a chaperone if it meant she could possess such a gem. Fortunately, the Earl of Somerton, Nicholas St. Mauer, stops her before it’s too late. For her trouble, her parents banish her to the country estate, but before she leaves London, Nick presents Emma with the treasured book she was searching for. In exchange for taking the book, she and Nick share her very first kiss. What a kiss that one is!
Three years later, the pair are both back in London. While Emma has experienced the tremendous loss of her best friend, Lena, Nick is still single and has a memory burned on his brain of the passion he glimpsed with Emma. When Emma takes off with just an elderly carriage driver on a personal mission, Nick goes after her once again.
MacGregor has another smashing success on her hands with her second novel. I adored Emma in the first book which featured her cousin, Claire, and Nick’s best friend, Alex. I fell head over heels for Nick after the prologue. Even though he is an earl and the heir to a dukedom, he is determined to make a name for himself in business when his father cuts him off at a young age. He’s so contained and proper, I knew when his passion was released it would be explosive. Emma is a champion as she takes on a crusade that no one else would. She was threatened with physical and financial harm at several turns, but she never gave up on getting justice and helping those women who were unable to help themselves.
I am anxious to see where this series goes as it continues with book three, The Luck of the Bride. It will feature Emma’s oldest brother, Michael Cavensham, the Marquess of McCalpin, and Emma’s new friend, Miss March Lawson.