From New York Times best-selling legend Mary Balogh - the beloved author of Longing, Silent Melody, and Beyond the Sunrise - comes a ravishing novel of passion and duty, love, and menace....
Life has taught Lucas Kendrick, duke of Harndon, that a heart is a decided liability. Betrayed by his elder brother, rejected by his fiancée, banished by his father, and shunned by his mother, Luke fled to Paris, where he became the most sought-after bachelor in fashionable society. Ten years later fate has brought him back home to England as head of the family who rejected him. Unwilling as he is to be involved with them, he must assume responsibility for his younger siblings, the family estate he once loved - and the succession. He faces the prospect of marrying with the greatest reluctance - until he sees beguiling Lady Anna Marlowe across a ballroom one night.
Anna, far from being the bright-eyed innocent Luke takes her for, is no more a stranger to the shadows of a painful past than he is. But for her, marriage cannot so easily solve what is wrong in her life - not when a tormentor stalks her to the very doors of Bowden Abbey, where Luke and Anna must learn to trust in each other or risk any chance they may have for a happy future.
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Too stupid to live
Normally I love MB- especially the Survivors Club, but the one writers sin I cannot forgive is a protagonist who is too stupid to live. In this one, every character, except possibly the villain and the deaf mute, behaves in ways so colossally stupid that I would have quit in disgust for a less loved author.
- Theresa "tlgarfield"
Not Mary Balogh's Best
not from this series and not before reading all the review I can find.
This was too dark and graphic..
As always, her reading was wonderful. I have read almost all of her historical romance performances and while not always being happy with the story itself, have had no complaints with the reading.
The story and characters are very well told and developed in true Mary Balogh style. I question why the author found it necessary for the dark tone and graphic, violent descriptions for this book. It seems out of character for her.
I have read most of Mary Balogh's books. Most, many times. I will continue to look forward to each new book that becomes available, After this one, as I have said, I will read all reviews before I buy one.