Book One of The Blackthorn Brothers Series
Not only disappointed in love, but brutally and publicly punished for having reached so far above his supposed station in Society, Oliver “Beau” Blackthorn believes in two things. He will never be foolish enough to give his heart again. That, and revenge.
Enter brave, cheeky, and desperate Lady Chelsea Mills-Beckman. Younger sister of the once love of Beau’s life—and certain he’s her only hope of escaping her brother’s plans for her— she offers him the perfect path to his revenge. She and Beau will elope to Gretna Green.
With the brother in hot pursuit, Beau questioning his own sanity in agreeing to such a scheme, and Lady Chelsea becoming more annoyingly attractive with each passing mile, this should be quite the trip. . . .
Michaels (The Secrets of the Heart) launches the Blackthorn Brothers series with a harrowing romantic adventure. In Regency-era London, Lady Chelsea Mills-Beckman fears that her newly pious brother will force her to marry Rev. Francis Flotley. Knowing that Oliver "Beau" Blackthorn holds a grudge against her brother, who branded him a bastard and destroyed his relationship with Chelsea's sister, Chelsea suggests that Beau elope with her to Scotland, saving her from the minister and getting his revenge in one fell swoop. Their difficult travels together cement their proposed union both emotionally and physically. Beau is reluctant to let Chelsea marry him and become a social outcast, but Chelsea's stalwart, unflappable nature wins him over. The fast-paced story is carried by extremely realistic characters whose hidden depths are gradually revealed, with no one portrayed as wholly good or evil.