From the renowned bestselling author comes a thrilling new historical romance series set in the remote English county of Cornwall, featuring a rugged hero and heroine who share a unique legacy, a powerful passion—and a common enemy. Perfect for fans of Bridgerton.
Together they faced the past . . .
A sense of duty sends Bran Tremayne to Cornwall to confront his heritage of British nobility. Abandoned at birth, Bran wants nothing to do with the embittered remains of his family. But as a special agent for the Home Office, he senses trouble brewing along the coast. And he can’t turn away from the vulnerable woman he encounters in the Cornish countryside. Merryn’s amnesia makes her past a mystery to them both, but with her life in danger, the only thing Bran knows for sure is that the beautiful stranger needs his protection . . .
But would they share a future?
Leaning into Bran is difficult enough, but can Merryn trust the strong bond—and the powerful passion—she feels for her rugged rescuer? She has no choice once Bran uncovers that she is at the center of a plot between French agents and Cornish smugglers. From misty woodlands to stormy shores, the two join forces with a band of loyal Cornishmen to bring down a common enemy. Yet will their growing love survive the coming peril?
Bestseller Putney (Once a Laird) is writing for her longtime fans these days, setting up expected story pins and bowling them down cleanly, albeit from very short range. In this series-starting Regency paranormal, she adds some supernatural conceits: her heroine foresees the future and her hero has preternaturally strong intuition. In other words, every plot development is articulated in advance and there's no waiting around for an act or two to fire Chekhov's gun. The story kicks off when Home Office agent Bran Tremayne is identified as the lost heir to a Cornwall barony. His reluctant homecoming is beset by family resentments, smugglers, and possible French agents. Merryn Penrose literally stumbles into his life as an amnesiac fleeing brutal kidnappers—and sparking undeniable feelings. The couple's dynamic has an outdated vibe ("He was strong and she was weak, in some ways little more than a child") and, while the story's outline is more suspenseful than cozy, simple characterizations and (literal) predictability make this a comfort read, not a page-turner. This is old-school fluff, designed to go down easy.