Meet the Author:
Sofie Darling is an award-winning author of historical romance. Her debut novel, THREE LESSONS IN SEDUCTION, won the Writers’ League of Texas’ Manuscript Contest in the Romance Category in 2016.She spent much of her twenties raising two boys and reading every book she could get her hands on. Once she realized she simply had to write the books she loved, she finished her English degree and embarked on her writing career. Mr. Darling and the boys gave her their wholehearted blessing.
When she’s not writing heroes who make her swoon, she runs a marathon in a different state every year, visits crumbling medieval castles whenever she gets a chance, and enjoys a slightly codependent relationship with her beagle, Bosco.
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Tracy’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Series: Shadows and Silk, #3
Release Date: April 17, 2019
John Nylander, captain of the Fortuyn is back in London and set on attending a dinner at the home of his foster brother and friend Jakob Radclyffe, the Viscount St. Alban. He has a lot on his mind, including the fact that his ship was trailed by the infamous pirate ship the Free Reaver – he wishes he didn’t have to go to the dinner as he is not feeling well, but would never miss a chance to see Jake.
Calpurnia “Callie” Radclyffe has been summoned to London by Jake, she can’t imagine what he wants, she has been widowed for two years and has been living and running a St. Alban property known as Wyldcombe Grange since her marriage to the previous Viscount. When she arrives she is stunned to learn that Jake wants to sell the Grange to Nylander – she is furious and asks if she can purchase the property – for the staggering price of 100,000£! She doesn’t have the money, but has an idea and askes Jake to give her time to get the money. At this point, Nylander arrives and it is clear that Jake wants to sell to him, but he agrees to her terms. When a ruckus breaks out in the foyer, their meeting is cut short. When Callie and Nylander investigate, Nylander succumbs to his illness and passes out. Turns out it is a malaria flare up and he needs to be taken care of. Jake asks Callie to take him to the Grange to recuperate and to show him the property. She really has no choice but she has no intention of showing him anything.
His fever rages and she checks on him, he is awake and talking, she gets him a drink and helps him take off his shirt to bathes and fascinated by his tattoos, she returns later while he is sleeping for a closer look – he wakes and one thing leads to another. The next morning his fever has returned and she prays that he doesn’t remember their night together. They return to the Grange and she discovers he doesn’t know that Jake planned to sell him the land – she doesn’t enlighten him. She instead makes a deal with the devil that she immediately regrets to gain the monies needed to purchase the land herself. But as the days pass, it gets harder and harder to keep Nylander out of her life, she likes him and feels guilty, but the Grange is her hearts desire – the only place she has ever felt valued, she can’t give it up.
Nylander knows Callie is hiding something and when accidents start befalling the Grange – he has a pretty good idea who is responsible. When he learns that Jake intended to sell to him, he is hurt that Callie wasn’t honest with him, but understands in a way too – he too has insecurities and longs for a place of his own – is it possible they could both gets their hearts desire? Or will insecurities, miscommunication, betrayal tear them apart?
This was a good story, I haven’t read the previous books and did feel a little lost at the very beginning, but once they leave London (and the previous characters) behind, the story becomes easier to follow. It is a bit repetitious at times, with some title errors, inconsistencies and there are some moments where the story drags, but overall it is a good book with flawed characters, some twists/turns, a bit of angst, some amusing moments and some spicy love scenes. It is the third book in the series, but once Callie and Nylander’s story truly began, I didn’t have any problem following the story without having read the previous books.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review of an eARC that was provided to me.*