Tracy’s rating: 5 of 5 stars
Series: Stolen Brides, #5
Release Date: December 11, 2020
Widow Lady Aileen MacLennan MacFarland first met Sir Henri d’Ambosie years ago at the wedding of her cousin Darach of Glenshiel to Henri’s sister Laurien. The two shared a flirtation in which she dubbed him Sir Wicked, but Henri was leaving for war and no promises were made. Aileen was smitten with Henri, who treated her with kindness and made her feel beautiful despite the port-wine stain on her face, but she had no expectations, Henri was something of a flirt and Aileen was not the only lass he spent time with, but that didn’t stop her from wanting more. She wrote to him and though he barely replied, she continued to write for years before finally giving up and hasn’t heard from him since. So, she was understandably shocked to see him at Glenshiel, looking even more handsome than she remembered.
Henri is finally done with war and has been awarded at title and lands for his service, now all he needs is a wife and his heart is set on Aileen. He fell in love with her all those years ago, but knowing he was going to war and may not survive, he didn’t want to make promises he couldn’t keep. But he treasured her letters and the memory of their kisses and now he can’t wait to make her his bride. But things couldn’t be that simple; Aileen is betrothed to Lord Alsh and is set to marry in four days! Any chance of a HEA seems impossible, but Henri refuses to give up hope! Will this be the season of miracles?
This was such a great novella! It was well written and paced perfectly, it never felt rushed or improbable even though it is relatively short. Henri and Aileen are wonderful characters with an obvious chemistry and I loved his devotion to her. The book has a lot of emotion, cameos from Darach and Laurien (His Stolen Bride), steamy love scenes, a wonderful twist and finally a HEA complete with an epilogue! This book is part of a series, but it can easily be read as a standalone title. I really enjoyed this book and would happily recommend it to anyone!
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher.*