- Expected Jul 27, 2021
New York Times bestseller Lisa Kleypas returns with an enthralling and steaming romance between a widowed lady and a Scot on the run. Perfect for fans of Sarah MacLean, Julia Quinn and Eloisa James.
'Lisa Kleypas is the best' SARAH MACLEAN
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.
Praise for Lisa Kleypas
'Kleypas can make you laugh and cry . . . on the same page' JULIA QUINN
Kleypas continues her winning streak with a thoroughly engrossing crossover between her Regency Wallflowers series and Victorian Ravenels novels. Three years after Lady Merritt Sterling's husband's death left her in charge of his shipping firm, a costly accident brings the bold, magnetic businesswoman eldest daughter of an American heiress and the Earl of Westcliff into close contact with client Keir MacRae, a strikingly handsome, rough-hewn whisky distiller. Both are surprised to find themselves so strongly and immediately drawn to someone so different. Merritt is far above Keir's touch, and Keir, from the remote Scottish island of Islay, dislikes city life and English society. Complicating their budding relationship are a series of increasingly dangerous calamities, from broken casks, to a stabbing, to a warehouse "blown to smithereens" all pieces of a deadly mystery to which a popular member of the Wallflowers family holds the key. Social differences notwithstanding, Merritt and Keir are kindred spirits: practical, grounded, and kind, they grew up well loved and loving. But losing her husband after less than two years of marriage and, pivotally, not being able to have his children broke Merritt's heart. That issue's clich d resolution is an unfortunate blemish in an otherwise delightful tale. Still, fans of both series are sure to rejoice in the tender love story. \n