Brimming with romance and adventure, New York Times bestselling author Betina Krahn’s thrilling new series reveals the hero in every man . . .
Just as Barclay Howard declares himself finished with the idea of true love and in pursuit of the more pragmatic “free love,” he is thrust into another sort of commitment: guardian to his little nephew. Barclay hasn’t a clue about children and now must quickly relocate to his family estate. But when he is swept up in the raid of a free love gathering and jailed with a lovely, cultured, innocent bystander, things become more complicated—or perhaps simpler . . .
Norah Capshaw was fleeing a brute when she found herself swept into a lecture hall, jailed, and jobless. Without a penny or a relative to her name, she has sworn never rely on others, much less look for a hero. But she can’t resist Barclay’s offer of a position as tutor to his nephew. In fact, despite her distrustful nature, it’s hard to resist Barclay. Soon, with their attraction growing, and a mysterious man still following her, the two embark on a journey into the southern uplands of Scotland—and into the heart of a great love neither expected . . .
Praise for Hero Wanted
“This heated kisses-only story is fast-paced and delightful fun, grounded in authentic historical detail.”
—Bookpage STARRED REVIEW
“Memorable characters. . . . This will best suit readers who like plenty of action mixed in with their romance.”
“Sir Walter Scott himself would be pleased with all the feats of derring-do and acts of bravery RITAaward-winning Krahn deftly packs into the laughter-infused, sexy-as-sin plot in the launch of her fun new Victorian-set series.”
In bestseller Krahn's cute follow-up to Hero Wanted, a Victorian-era riff on "Beauty and the Beast," a headstrong but destitute young woman finds unexpected love in the arms of her beastly employer. After rescuing Norah Capshaw from an unknown stalker, Barclay Howard, whose large physique and brutish mannerisms have earned him the nickname "the Howard beast," offers Norah a job tutoring his young charge, six-year-old future earl, Elias. With no other means to support herself, Norah accepts and soon learns that Barclay's more bark than bite. Though he longs for love and acceptance, Barclay plays into society's view of him out of fear of rejection. Through his relationship with Norah, he's able to show his soft, protective side. However the romantic development occasionally plays second fiddle to the loaded plot: Barclay and Norah work to reign in the mischievous Elias, discover the motivations of Norah's stalker, and unravel mysteries about Norah's newfound family. Still, the gruff but lovable hero and determined heroine make this an appealing take on a favorite trope.