At times I felt so bad for Rose, and at other times, I just wanted to shake some sense into her. It really is a tribute to a story when the author can illicit such emotions from a reader. This story is complex and filled with angst. Gil and Rose are great characters and well matched, that is if they would have been honest with each other. The twists and turns in their journey do get to be a bit much and it was frustrating to have the couple feel one way and act another all the time. But that said, the story was emotional, sexy and engaging. It was fascinating to watch both Rose and Gill mature and grow. I had a hard time putting the book down. It seemed as though happiness was just around the corner, until either one opened their mouth. This was a very enjoyable historical romance and I will be looking for more by this author.
Forced into marriage he didn't want, Gil wed the pathetic girl and left her safely ensconced in one of his remote homes. He returned to London and went on with his life. Rose was humiliated by the knowledge that her husband didn't want her. All her childish dreams died at his hands. Five years later, Rose is longer sickly or weak. She heads to London to find her wayward husband. His reputation is scandalous and, as she finds out, completely accurate. She sets out to seduce her man and succeeds, but not the way she planned.
A notorious rake is about to make the ultimate faux pas—fall in love with his own wife.
Gil Truman has eyes only for the beautiful Tilly—until he is forced to marry plain, sickly Rose Davenport to reclaim the lands his father foolishly gambled away. After a disastrous wedding night tainted with his bitterness, he deposits Rose at his remote Northumbrian estate, soothing his guilt with the thought that she need never lay eyes on him again.
Five years after the mortifying wedding night that destroyed all her romantic fantasies, Rose is fed up with hearing second- and third-hand reports of Gil’s philandering ways. She is no longer the shy, homely girl he left behind, but a strong, confident woman who knows how to run an estate. And knows what she wants—her husband, back in their marriage bed.
Gil doesn’t recognize the bold, flirtatious woman he meets at a ball, with or without her mask. Yet he is bewitched and besotted, and their night together is the most passionate he has ever known.
But when he confesses his sins to the beautiful stranger, the truth rips open the old wounds of their blighted history. Threatening any hope of a future together.
Warning: Contains a flawed hero who can be redeemed with the right woman—the one who’s been under his nose the whole time. Ain’t that just like a man?