2018 RITA award-winning author!
From the author who Sarah MacLean calls "a charming, clever, and engaging storyteller" comes the next regency romance in the witty and sexy Devils of Dover series!
Baron. Physician. Smuggler. Harland Hayward is living a double life as an aristocrat by day and a criminal by night. As a doctor, Harland has the perfect cover to appear in odd places at all hours, a cover he uses to his advantage. He's chosen this life to save his family from financial ruin, but he draws the line at taking advantage of the honest and trustworthy Katherine Wright.
Katherine thought she was done smuggling. Having finally convinced her ailing father and injured brother to abandon their criminal pursuits, she's returned to England to help them escape to a new life--once she helps them fulfill their last contract. And that means working with Hayward, even when her instincts tell her that becoming his ally may be a risk to her heart - as well as her life.
Bowen's slightly loopy third Devils of Dover novel (after Last Night with the Earl), set in 1820 but with only lip service paid to the class strictures of the era, introduces a couple entangled in the smuggling that was rife on the English coast in the 18th and 19th centuries. Katherine Wright's family has always supported itself by smuggling. When her brother is shot by patrols, she tries to tend his wounds, but fears he'll be discovered and arrested. Unexpectedly, the Wrights are aided by Harland Hayward, Baron Strathmore, an eccentric nobleman trained as a surgeon who admires Katherine's medical prowess as well as her beauty. To finance a safer life for her family, Katherine accepts a paid assignment to accompany Strathmore to rescue some seamen, which forces her into dangerous intimacy with the daring doctor. Both have been hurt before by faithless partners and have secrets that inhibit their ability to trust, but an irresistible attraction breaks through their barriers. Katherine is remarkably refined for a smuggler's daughter, and both her family and Strathmore's are implausibly willing to accept their romance, but the chemistry between her and Strathmore will distract readers from these and other weaknesses in the plot.
Can true love come through
This story was engaging and had many twists and turns keeping me engaged to the end. I rooted for Hayward to win over Katherine’s heart from the moment they met in an unexpected circumstance. The path to true love never runs easy, especially in this case. I received an advanced reader copy from the author. All opinions are my own.