Monday, September 10, 2018


A woman who defies her time

Dr. Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is as daring and independent as any man—why not take her pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark on an affair, until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction before becoming strangers again.

A man who breaks every rule

As a Ravenel by-blow spurned by his father, Ethan has little interest in polite society, yet he is captivated by the bold and beautiful Garrett. Despite their vow to resist each other after that sublime night, she is soon drawn into his most dangerous assignment yet. When the mission goes wrong, it will take all of Garrett's skill and courage to save him. As they face the menace of a treacherous government plot, Ethan is willing to take any risk for the love of the most extraordinary woman he's ever known.

I can't seem to decide if I like historical romance...or if I don't. If I'm drawn to a simpler time, or I'm not. But what I can say is that a Lisa Kleypas historical novel always a pleasure. I think because she knows how to set a book in the past without letting it take over the story and feel like a history lesson.

I loved this book. Ethan and Garrett have a passion and a connection you just can't ignore. Yes there were parts that felt like a history lesson, but in such a perfectly balanced way, you enjoy it.

Showing up when he's needed, the whistle, never leaving her alone (even on that saddest of Tuesdays when she thought he did) and asking for her when he believed his life was ending. Their connection is obvious and palpable. It draws you in and, until they hail a hansom or travel by train, you forget it's a historical romance and just focus on the romance.

I think that's the secret, by the way, it's not whether or not it's set in London in the 1800s (although, London is such a wonderful city who can complain about that setting) or New York in 2018, it's the writing, the story, and the connection that draws you in.

I loved, also, that Garrett is loosely based on a real person. But you will have to read the author's note for those details.

This one grabs you at the beginning and doesn't let go.

I enjoyed and recommend this title.

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