What happens when a marriage of convenience isn't so convenient?
Lieutenant Colonel Benedict Draven has retired from the army and spends most of his days either consulting for the Foreign Office or whiling away the hours at his club with his former comrades-in-arms. He rarely thinks about the fiery Portuguese woman he saved from an abusive marriage by wedding her himself. It was supposed to be a marriage in name only, but even five years later and a world away, he can't seem to forget her.
Catarina Neves never forgot what it felt like to be scared, desperate, and subject to the whims of her cruel father. Thanks to a marriage of convenience and her incredible skill as a lacemaker, she's become an independent and wealthy woman. But when she's once again thrust into a dangerous situation, she finds herself in London and knocking on the door of the husband she hasn't seen since those war-torn years in Portugal. Catarina tells Benedict she wants an annulment, but when he argues against it, can she trust him enough to ask for what she really needs?
This was an unusual love story which includes a glimpse of the reality of war long ago. The villain in the story is truly bad, adding the element of danger to the book.
5 Stars!! I freakin LOVE this series!!! Draven is such a great guy & he deserves a happy ending! Caterina is a strong woman & I love that in a historical romance leading woman! I’ve read most of the books in this series & love all of them! They can be read as standalone books but I’d recommend reading as many as you can! This was an older man/younger woman romance & I love how she was a peasant & made her way up in the world! I love that past characters are always popping in to the other books! And I’m curious about a new character that popped in this book towards the end! Can’t wait to hear his story! I highly recommend this book & all of the books in this series!! I’m not looking forward to the end of this series!
*I received this book at no charge from the publisher.*