New York Times bestseller Sabrina Jeffries reignites a daring love affair in this intriguing tale of desire and deception—originally written as Deborah Martin and newly revised for today’s audience.
The first wedding night that Lady Juliana St. Albans spent with the dark and daring Rhys Vaughan was intoxicating, the heady culmination of her new husband’s driving hunger and her own awakened sensuality. When he mysteriously disappeared the next morning, she waited for him in hope and desperation. And when he was finally proclaimed dead in a shipwreck, she bitterly mourned the loss of her love.
The second wedding night that Juliana spent with Rhys Vaughan was six years later, after he returned to claim her just as she was about to wed another. This Rhys was different—bolder, harder, and convinced that she’d betrayed him. Only their blazing passion remains from their years apart. But is it enough to light their way through the maze of mystery, menace, and mistrust—to the love they once shared and would have to find again?
This repackaging of Jeffries's 1995 novel unites an English lady with a daring Welshman in late 18th-century Wales. Lady Juliana St. Albans, sister of the Earl of Northcliffe, is about to hear the announcement of her engagement to Stephen Wyndham, Marquess of Devon, when she comes face to face with Rhys Vaughan her husband, whom she had believed was dead. Rhys believes that Juliana was responsible for helping her brother get him impressed into the navy on their wedding night six years before, and he is ruthlessly determined to get back at her by forcing her to continue being his wife, under his absolute dominion. She continues protesting her innocence, and though Rhys greatly doubts her, his attraction to her grows. He gradually comes to the realization that she may not have betrayed him after all. The romantic angst simmers as Rhys aches and snarls and Juliana hopes and pleads. The depth of their emotions makes them believable characters, and their fast-paced story is intensely moving.
I loved this book I wish there were more to go along with it to make a series! Love the story and the characters
This story was wonderful. I just adored Lady Juliana St. Albans.
This story was wonderful. I just adored Lady Juliana St. Albans. She was fun and feisty and had a hard time having to act like a proper lady. Even though she was English, she was intrigued by everything Welsh, which was suppose to be a lower class. Having followed her Welsh lady's maid, while dressed undercover to a Sons of Wales meeting, she is mesmerized by the main speaker, Rhys Vaughan and of course he is intrigued by her. Juliana and Rhys start spending more time together, and quickly fall in love and decide to elope. Their wedding night was wonderful to Juliana. It awoke certain feelings she never realized she even had. The only problem was in the morning, Rhys was gone and all of a sudden her brothers show up. Juliana spends the next six years waiting for him to return until she is told that he died on a ship. Juliana finally gives up and decides to marry Stephen Wyndham, the Marquess of Devon. At their engagement party, who should walk in by Rhys, coming to claim his wife! Rhys takes his wife back to his place convinced that she had something to do with his disappearance. I loved this part of the story. As the two of them still fought the attraction they had towards each other, they didn't trust each other. As the real story starts to unravel, they both come to realize things that neither of them actually knew. Juliana and Rhys were both strong, proud and loyal characters. I really enjoyed the ride they took to get to their happy ever after.
I love Sabrina Jeffries books. She is a fantastic writer and she draws you into the story. Young forbidden love. A shellfish and controlling brother out only for himself. Who alters the path of the two women lives he loves the most and the men who loved them.
While this is not my favorite of Sabrina Jeffries books I highly recommend her books.