Sleeping with the Enemy by Jackie Barbosa

Sleeping with the Enemy (Lords of Lancashire, #4)Sleeping with the Enemy by Jackie Barbosa

Tracy’s rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: Lords of Lancashire, #4

Release Date: Septemeber 15, 2020

The last thing American widow Laura Farnsworth expects to find in the shrubs on the side of the is a new love, but that is exactly what she finds! Laura and her son Daniel are traveling back to their farm when she spots a man in red in the brush, they stop to help and think he is dead – but shockingly he is alive, and though he is weak and clearly English, she takes him home with her and hopes he survives.

It is days before Lt. Col. Geoffrey Langston (brother to Viscount Langston) and currently stationed in Fort York wakes in shock to learn the battle is over and he was found on the American side of the battlefield! Geoffrey cannot remember what happened to him and isn’t even sure if he was in the battle – his last memory is the day before the battle. He plans to turn himself over to the Americans as a POW, but promises to help Laura with the apple harvest as a thank you for helping him recover. But soon two things happen that will change everything – first he learns that a traitor tipped off the Americans and he is not sure how that pertains to him, but it would seem that he was caught out by the traitor and almost killed, so returning to Fort York would be dangerous without his memory and surrendering to the Americans will mean the traitor goes free. The second thing is he and Laura fall in love and marry. He is sure that by now the army has deemed him missing and presumed dead and wonders if that might just be for the best.

When word reaches his family in England, they refuse to believe he is dead and a close friend to the family (his sister’s brother-in-law) Thomas and his wife Sabine travel to Canada and then New York to search for him. They find him, but unwittingly lead the army right to him and he is arrested for treason. He will be taken back to England to stand trial – but Laura isn’t about to lose another husband and insists on going with him. Can they clear his name and have a HEA or will the traitor finally succeed in killing him?

I really enjoyed this book, it is well written, face paced and definitely not your run-of-the-mill Historical Romance. The book has so much going on and none of it will happen in London ballrooms, it is set primarily in northern New York and London. The book is filled with intrigue, treason, betrayal, a hero with amnesia, cameos from the other Langston siblings and their families, steamy love scenes, twists and turns, surprises and finally a wonderful ending complete with an epilogue. This is the fourth book in the series, but it is easily read as a standalone title. I am happy to recommend this book and hope you love it as much as I did!

*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher.*

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