Caroline, Viscountess Stavely, has been recently widowed and she blames her husband's death on Marcus Gray, the Marquess of Haversham. After all, if Marcus had done as she asked, he would have taken the trip in her husband's place and David would still be alive. Returning to London after her mourning period, Caroline knows that she'll need to face Marcus at some point.
Marcus thought he'd retired from the spy business, but he's recruited to track down a cipher at the Stavely house by the Home Office. When he refuses, he learns that another man has been installed in Caroline's home, and he fears for her safety. In order to track down the cipher and protect Caroline, he needs to get back in her good graces.
This is the rare romance where the heroine's first marriage was a happy one, and she was genuinely mourning the loss of her first husband. Rather than making me feel as if Caroline moved on too quickly from his death, the author presented it as if Caroline had been gifted with two wonderful men. David as a strong steady presence, and Marcus as the passionate love of her life. She needed both men at different times, and was blessed with both. It was really well written.
This is the 7th book in the series, but can be read as a standalone with no trouble. This was the first book in the series I've read. There are appearances by other characters in the series, but it was never too confusing. I loved all the characters in the book. Emma was an adorably sweet little girl, and she shone on every page. Rachel was spunky and feisty and her conversations had me laughing out loud. I loved watching Caroline slowly discover all the wonderful things about Marc that we knew all along. And Marcus, well he was just the perfect rakish hero with a heart of gold.
Stevie Zimmerman narrated this book, and it was a wonderful performance as usual. She's able to perform male and female speaking voices, and children's as well. She emotes perfectly without being overly dramatic. She really makes the story come alive. I received a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.