When fulfilling a favor for her godfather puts Catherine Edilean Harcourt in danger, the southern bell must decide if trusting an alleged, yet attractive, convict will be the best or worst decision she’s ever made.
Charleston, 1799. A daughter of Southern gentility and a gifted painter, Catherine Edilean Harcourt has no lack of suitors at home in Virginia, waiting to fulfill her dream of marriage and family. But Cay’s adventurous spirit, fostered by growing up with her three brothers, is piqued while visiting her godfather in South Carolina. Bedridden with a broken leg, he asks Cay to fill in for him on an urgent task: on her way to a fancy dress ball, she must deliver a packed horse to an old friend’s son—who also happens to be an escaped convict charged with murdering his wife! Cay agrees to the plan, which doesn’t’ go at all as planned… whereupon she finds herself fleeing Alexander McDowell’s captors, riding blind into the night with the fugitive Scotsman. Through she should fear him, Cay finds herself overwhelmingly attracted to Alex, and drawn into his tale of misguided justice and his innocence as they seek refuge in the steamy Florida everglades. Will trusting him be the worst mistake of her life? Or will falling in love be the salvation both of them have been looking for?
Colonial South Carolina and Florida provide the steamy settings for New York Times-bestseller Deveraux's latest romance. Twenty-year-old Cay Harcourt expects a brief adventure when she sets off one dark night to do her godfather T.C. a favor by delivering supplies that will aid Alex McDowell's escape from prison. Suddenly she finds herself on the run with Alex, a man wrongly convicted of murdering his wife. T.C. had arranged for Alex to join a naturalist's expedition into the wilds of Florida, and the last thing Alex wants is the distraction of a lovely, vivacious and argumentative woman like Cay. But with three dull suitors waiting back home, Cay welcomes the excitement and finds herself as smitten with Alex as he is with her. Deveraux (Holly) delivers the usual lover's quarrels and plot twists in an exotic historical setting where the threat of a broken heart seems as deadly as the native alligators and poisonous snakes.
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Thoroughly enjoyed it
Thought this was a really good read - exciting and entertaining with a good amount of humor. I actually laughed aloud a few times, didn't expect to do so while reading a historical romance novel. Finished it in one morning because I couldn't put it down. I'm intending to re-read it again.
Best Deveraux Book Series ever!!!
I discovered Jude Deveraux just recently and only because the latest Nora Roberts series book was not out yet...this is by far the best series of books that I have ever read. I can't wait for the next in the series. I am a sucker for period books and you will love all of these in the Edilean series. Don't wait download it now and join the adventure!!!!!
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