Tracy’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Release Date: February 25, 2021
Terrence Howard, the Earl of Shaftesbury can’t believe his eyes, because walking down the road, right outside his window is none other than his wayward wife! When he fails to catch her, he forms a plan; she won’t slip by again. His valet manages to intercept her the next day and brings her into the house. Terrence hasn’t seen Elizabeth in two years, not since the morning after their wedding and he wants answers.
Elizabeth Howard nee Markum never expected to see Terrence again, marrying him was a mistake, and falling in love with him was unforgivable. She never meant to let her heart get involved, she simply wanted revenge on the man who was responsible for the death of her husband. But Terrence surprised her, he was never cruel or selfish – in short, he was nothing like what she had expected him to be, and falling in love with him took her by surprise and filled her with guilt. So she bolted. When he catches her, she knows he deserves answers, but once she sees him again, her anger and hurt bubbles up once more and she leaves him with more questions than answers.
Terrence doesn’t know what to believe and is shocked to learn she was married, but he still loves her and will stop at nothing to find the truth and hopefully win back the only woman he has ever loved.
This was a well-written, very fast-paced novella with a lot of emotion and a unique storyline. I won’t pretend that parts of the story aren’t a little hard to believe or that it wraps up a bit too quickly – but it is still an interesting story with characters that demand your attention, hold you captive until the very end and make you want to see them get their HEA. I enjoyed the book and would happily recommend the title to anyone.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own *