The greatest divide between a man and a woman is not the one society sets before them but the one they set before themselves…
After Miss Leona Olivia Webster had allowed herself to fall in love with a dashing childhood friend who had left her scorned and pregnant, she is done chasing her happily-ever-after. Shunned by society, she dedicates herself to raising her young son and putting money in their pockets. She doesn’t expect to be drawn to her latest master, a brooding man of hulking presence who carves random messages into walls with his Persian blade as a means of starting a flirtation.
Malcolm Gregory Thayer, the earl of Brayton, may have dedicated himself to a life of religious virtue after leaving the monastery due to dark tendencies, but after meeting Leona, he begins to yearn for the life that had never been his. When he meets a retired French courtesan who invites him to embrace what he has long feared, he seizes the opportunity to become the man he always wanted to be. His new mission is clear. He intends to finally serve the one thing he never had: his heart.
It’s the fifth book in the series. I haven’t read the other ones and I don’t think you need to read them to enjoy the book. I loved both Malcolm and Leona. Malcolm is such a strong and thoughtful hero, his sexual tastes are definitely not mine, but he does what he has to do to become the man Leona needs him to be. A few scenes are a bit disturbing, but they are required to understand the man Malcolm is.