Heartbreak and Honor by Collette Cameron
Tracy’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Series: Highland Heather Romancing A Scot, #3 – Enhanced 2nd Edition
Release Date: December 2, 2020
I read this book years ago when it was first released, but since then the author has added a prologue and tweaked the story. The story itself hasn’t changed, but the book now has more depth, so even if you read the first edition, I would recommend giving this updated edition a read!
When Lucan, the Duke of Harcourt helps Tasara Faas, a young gypsy woman escape the Blackhalls, he is enchanted, but he can’t let himself fall for her, as he has promised his very ill mother that he will marry by Christmas and as lovely as she is, Tasara is not a suitable candidate for his duchess.
He tries to forget her, but can’t and is shocked and delighted to see her again in London – but now the truth of her past has been discovered and he learns that she is not a gypsy as she always believed, she is in fact Alexandra “Alexa”, Baroness Atterberry and her family hid her with the gypsies to protect her. This changes everything for Lucan and he sets out to convince her that she is this perfect match.
This was a well written, nicely paced story with wonderful characters. I loved liked Lucan in the previous books – but I loved him in this book. He is kind, honorable, clever and loyal. His devotion to Alexa was so sweet. And while I didn’t agree with Alexa’s constant rejection of Lucan’s proposals – I did understand her reasons and respected her for her determination. Throw in a well-done mystery, cameos from previous characters, warmish love scenes, some twists and shocking revelations and you have a really good story! I still feel like things wrapped up a bit too neatly, but the revised edition is worth a read, even if you read the original version. This is the third book in the series, but it can easily be read as a standalone title.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher.*