Tracy’s rating: 5 of 5 stars
Series: The Ravenels, #7
Release Date: July 27, 2021
When Lady Merritt Sterling, the widowed daughter of the Earl of Westcliff and owner of the Sterling Enterprises Shipping Company meets her client Keir MacRae, the Scottish owner of whisky distillery – sparks fly and the sensible, responsible and proper Merritt throws caution to the wind and embarks on a heated affair with the handsome, Scotsman. They both know that nothing can ever come of their relationship, but neither can seem to walk away. Things between them get so intense that Merritt begins to formulate ideas for them to stay together, but before anything can be decided, Keir is almost killed in an explosion, and forgets who Merritt is! But this is just the beginning of the shocks, surprises, and revelations in store for them!
This book is a well-written, brilliantly executed story that held me in thrall from the first page until the last. I know this is supposed to be a Ravenels story, but it definitely had more of a Wallflowers vibe – especially with Sebastian, Evie, Marcus, and Lillian having such large roles in the book. This book has caused a lot of uproar within the Kleypas fan base, with many people very upset with the direction Ms. Kleypas decided to go – for me, as long as the timeline gets corrected, I had no problem with Keir’s parentage – (I read an uncorrected proof that states Keir is 33, which if you read the Wallflower books, you will know the timeline doesn’t match statements made in this book). I really loved this book, it has wonderful characters, steamy love scenes, surprises, heartache, intrigue, soulmate-type love, lots of cameos, a bit of angst, and a nail-biting ending before they finally get their HEA! This is the seventh book in the series, but it can easily be read as a standalone title with no issues. I really enjoyed this story and sincerely hope that it leads to a Wallflower Progeny spinoff!
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.*