Lady Merritt Sterling, a strong-willed young widow who’s running her late husband’s shipping company, knows London society is dying to catch her in a scandal. So far, she’s been too smart to provide them with one. But then she meets Keir MacRae, a rough-and-rugged Scottish whisky distiller, and all her sensible plans vanish like smoke. They couldn’t be more different, but their attraction is powerful, raw and irresistible.
From the moment Keir MacRae arrives in London, he has two goals. One: don’t fall in love with the dazzling Lady Merritt Sterling. Two: avoid being killed.
So far, neither of those is going well.
Keir doesn’t know why someone wants him dead until fate reveals his secret connection to one of England’s most powerful families. His world is thrown into upheaval, and the only one he trusts is Merritt. Their passion blazes with an intensity Merritt has never known before, making her long for the one thing she can’t have from Keir MacRae: forever. As danger draws closer, she’ll do whatever it takes to save the man she loves . . . even knowing he might be the devil in disguise.
Felt like there was a lot going on that was over the top and a bit ridiculous but it worked for me, aside from the ending. I liked Merritt and that she trusted her own instincts rather than listening to advice, sensible though it might be. Ending resolved too quickly and neatly for my preference (and also made the heroine look like an idiot who can’t listen to basic safety precautions – I know the author was trying to give her agency but this didn’t work). The conclusion and epilogue bothered me… spoilers below the fold…
After so much discussion of adoption and how much Keir didn’t care about fathering his own children it would have been poignant to adopt a kid instead of miracle pregnancy. It also comes out of the blue that they want to start a school, which neither of them expressed any particular interest in for the first 90% of the book. It also doesn’t ring true that he would shutter his father’s business after spending his whole life training for it.
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