Publication Date: July 14, 2014
Rebekah is forced into a proxy marriage to a man she despises for the sake of her orphaned niece and nephew. Her new husband, Thorn Wulfe, holds the key to all the secrets of her long-buried past. Thorn, considered the Wicked Wulfe by many of the ton, operates one of London’s most notorious gaming hells, the Lady Luck. When his brother is killed, he finds his life turned upside down with a wife he does not want, and two children to care for. When old secrets come to light and enemies make themselves known, Rebekah and Wulfe are going to have to decide what is more important…the past, the present, or the future? Will they be able to learn to trust and love one another along the way? Or will their secrets keep them apart forever?
Rebekah has lived a strict life. As the daughter of the local reverend, she rebelled and was treated harshly for it. There are skeletons in her closet and only one other person knows the entirety of them. Her character has overcome things that few could live with. She blames one man for her misfortunes. Whether fare or not, she has to marry the man she detests to keep her niece and nephew safe.
I felt so bad for Rebekah and all that she experiences during the story. At the same time, I wanted to shake her and tell her to open up her eyes. Through all though I loved her strength and selflessness. She could be a true lady and then turn into a force to be reckoned with.
Thorn is basically a thorn in Rebekah's side. His notoriety is not of the good kind, but he has secrets. His secrets are the type that are dangerous. Not everything is as it appears and appearances matter to the ton. The secrets are enough that it could make the difference between a life with Rebekah or not.
Thorn is an interesting character. I wondered it weren't for the secret if he would still have his notoriety. He is a loving man and compassionate, but at the same time he is closed off trying not to reveal too much. His character was truly amazing at times. He would be a hard man to fight off, but I'm not sure one would want to.
I am a lover of historical romance and this book has just the right amount of suspense and intrigue that I like. It's not just a book of the ton and some romance. This book has a bit of action and mystery to it. This is the first book I have read by this author, but I will be looking for other books by her.
I give this book 5 stars and hope to see the characters in other books.
About the Author
From a young age I could always be found carrying around books to read while watching my grandmother's soap operas with her. I read anything and everything I could get my hands on and even made up skits and stories for my friends and me to act out. Once I outgrew the children's and YA books, my mom introduced me to an entirely new world - contemporary romance. Upon discovering I had a love for history I began devouring historical romances. One day, sitting in a college British History class, something the professor said made me think, I wonder. I quickly called mom (also a writer) and ran the idea by her. After being told, "Of course you can do it, you're my daughter," the rest, as they say, is history. I currently share my love of reading with the next generation as a high school librarian, and share my personal life with my demanding dog trapped in a cat's body, Ajax.