5 out of 5 Licks
Liam, the Earl of Windbury, had everything when he held his secret lover in his arms. Until a feud between their families left her dead, his body broken, and his sister married to his bitterest enemy.
Wracked with guilt, simmering with rage, he’s spent a year in seclusion, seeing no one except a few servants as he does his best to forget the past and patently refuses to think about any kind of future.
When courtesan Violet Milford enters Liam’s lair, she’s on a secret mission to gather information for Liam’s desperate sister, who fears for his sanity, even his life. What she finds is a man scarred inside and out, whose dark, controlling sensuality hides the kind, wounded man within.
Violet awakens a sexual desire more powerful than Liam has ever known, and her stories weave a spell that begins to work its way past his defenses. But when the truth inevitably comes out, it could well destroy the love that is saving them both.
This is the final book in this series and I admit I am sorry to see them go. Ava is desperate to know how her brother, Liam, the Earl of Windbury is doing. Since being kidnapped and married to her family’s worst enemy and the love of her life, Ava has been cut off from her brother and is desperate to get any information on him she can. Here enters Violet Milford, she is tasked with the mission to use any means at her disposal to infiltrate Liam’s layer. Desperate for money, she agrees to help Ava, her only problem is that once she gets to know Liam, she falls hopelessly in love with him.
I am more than willing to admit more than a few tears were shed at the end of this wonderful read. Liam is such a lost soul, he feels that everyone has betrayed him except for his friend Malcolm and that he has lost the only woman he will every love. Violet has been used and pawned off to others her whole life, never really having a home or knowing what love is. She has a dream for the future and helping Ava is the only way to achieve that dream quickly. Sparks fly when Liam and Violet meet. These two are burning up the pages in this book and Violet’s friend and travel companion Olivia and Malcolm, Liam’s friend are following in their footsteps. I love that Ava is willing to do what she must to bridge the gap and bring these to better enemies together. This book gave me everything I want in a read, great characters, plenty of drama and excitement and of course great sex scenes. This book can be read as a standalone but why would you want to miss out on the others?