Release Date: July 10, 2017
Series: Infamous Somertons, #3
Tracy’s rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
This is the story of Chloe Somerton, youngest daughter of Jonathan Miller (infamous art forger) and Michael Keswick, Duke of Cameron.
Chloe has secrets, but since her sisters have married and raised their standing, Chloe is determined to marry a man with wealth and title. She has set her cap on young Henry, the new Earl of Sefton, the only impediment to her success is Henry’s self imposed guardian, Michael.
Michael recognizes Chloe from years ago and knows part of her shameful secret, there is no way he is going to allow her to get her hooks in Henry. Michael owes Henry’s father a debt that he can never repay, he saved Michael’s life at Waterloo at the cost of his own. Michael not only suffers from survivors guilt, but he also has “war sickness” (PTSD).
Michael confronts Chloe and warns her away from Henry, but Chloe surprises him when she shows up at his house and tells him that she will not back down. Michael is taken by Chloe and if circumstances were different, he would claim her as his own. He has flashbacks to the war and loses his grasp on reality when he is caught up in one, because of this, he believes he is unfit to be a husband. But he wants Chloe and because of her past, he thinks she would make a perfect mistress.
Events unfold and Michael and Chloe grow closer and eventually embark on an affair. Chloe still wants to marry and Michael is still convinced that he cannot. But when Chloe helps him by getting him to talk about his war experiences, he has hope for the first time that he might be able to have a normal life – with Chloe.
When they are caught in a compromising position by Henry, things spiral out of control and Michael decides that he was right all along, he is unfit.
He breaks things off with Chloe and leaves her broken-hearted. When she decides to leave London, it seems like there will be no HEA for our lovers.
I really liked this story, it is well written, has some steamy love scenes, has some heart breaking moments and a very well done (and hard earned) HEA.
I would be happy to recommend this book, it is third in the Infamous Somertons series, but it could easily be read as a stand alone title.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher*