A bright future… With Devlin Chastain's wedding to the Honorable Braden Tracey a mere two weeks away, she has everything to look forward to. That is until her scapegrace childhood nemesis, Lord Myles Farringdon, returns home to announce that he has joined Bonnie Prince Charlie’s cause. Devlin will do anything to get him to leave—especially after the blackguard kisses her—even if it means helping him escape as the dragoons arrive to arrest him.
A dark lord… Myles Farringdon hadn’t intended on branding Devlin a traitor, but in her haste to be rid of him, she was seen by the king’s soldiers. Knowing she’ll be hanged if she is caught, he drags her onto his horse and rides with her to Scotland.
A perilous journey… From the court of Prince Charles, to the crushing defeat at Culloden Moor, and to the search for a legendary Jacobite crown, Devlin and Myles face danger and betrayal, losing hope along the way, and nearly losing each other.
Devlin Chastain's joy in her imminent marriage to Braden Tracey is spoiled when Myles Farringdon appears on the scene: her nemesis in childhood, he is now a Jacobite, hunted by soldiers as a traitor. When Devlin is spotted helping Myles escape, she has no choice but to flee to Scotland with him, where Myles insists that they become engaged for her protection. Initially indignant, Devlin finally agrees to a deal: Myles will notify Braden of where to find her; if Braden arrives and claims his bride within two weeks, he can have her; otherwise Myles will marry her. Braden appears while Devlin and Myles are at a ball at Charles Stuart's residence, Holyroodhouse, and the course of Devlin's future is set. That this historical romance includes very little history is a mercy, for what little there is, is rendered with excessive sentimentality and little feel for the period. It offers a bit more in the way of plot, although Cates ( Only Forever ) tends to squander her text on cute lovers' arguments and fanciful musings. And the irksome part is that, if Devlin and Myles's lively escape scene is any indicator, this author is capable of much more interesting work.