Colin Thorne finds his way out of a London workhouse but at the cost of losing his two younger brothers. With an uncertain future ahead of him, Colin makes seafaring his life until the inexorable pull of revenge draws him back to London. The debt owed to him by the Earl of Weybourne will be paid.
Weybourne Park has been Mercedes Leydon's home her entire life. Now serving as the estate's manager and caretaker of her uncle's two children, Mercedes knows the earl's frequent absences are what make Weybourne Park a home.
But the earl's gaming has taken its toll and she and her young cousins are faced with losing everything to a devil-of-a-stranger calling in a debt that can't be paid.
Casting caution aside, Mercedes will make a new bargain with this devil. If it's her soul he wants—or her body—she will give it to him and stake her own claim on his steadfast heart.
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"Difficult to put down. Ms. Goodman gets better and better." ~Old Book Barn Gazette
THE THORNE BROTHERS TRILOGY, in series order:
My Steadfast Heart
My Reckless Heart
With All My Heart
ABOUT Jo Goodman
Once upon a time, Jo believed she was going to be a marine biologist. She feels lucky that seasickness made her change course. Jo lives with her family in West Virginia. Please visit her website at www.jogoodman.com.
Mercedes Leyden comes-with a dagger hidden in her underwear-to the Passing Fancy Inn to murder a clipper captain, Colin Thorne, who has won her family's estate in a boat race. This sensual Regency by the author of Only in My Arms launches a trilogy about the Thorne boys, who were separated in a London workhouse after their aristocratic parents had been slaughtered by highwaymen. Like Colin, Mercedes, who has been physically abused by her uncle and guardian, has had to survive by using her wit. And it is to Goodman's credit that her heroine often sounds just as intelligent as she's supposed to be. Although he's masterful and powerful, Colin is no bully. He sets out to win Mercedes with kindness, trust and good sex, and to be a father to her four young cousins. The complicated plot breaks down as the book goes on, and there is the unattractive mixture of sex and brutality that seems to be increasingly popular in the genre. ("The braided leather whip snapped against her shoulder, raising an immediate welt beneath her nightshirt.")