Bravely standing in for her very pregnant twin sister, the Duchess of Ashton, Sarah Clarke-Townsend is abducted by Irish agitators; being rescued by Rob Carmichael sets in motion a series of events that will change both their lives forever.
When an early morning carriage ride turns first into surprise early labor and then into an attack by political miscreants determined to abduct the Duchess of Ashton, Sarah saves her sister’s life by taking her place in the hands of the villains. Lucky for her, the duke’s friend Rob Carmichael, a Bow Street Runner, is just coming for a spontaneous visit and offers to track her down and bring her home. Following her trail is a challenge, rescuing her even more of one, but they manage to escape, fleeing across Ireland with her captors on their heels. Reaching a port city in dramatic fashion, they just barely make it to a boat and on the water in front of their pursuers before braving a wild storm in their path to England. Blown off course, the two wind up on the shores of Rob’s family’s estate, and there are a few surprises waiting for him there. Trying to protect Sarah’s reputation, Rob claims her as his fiancee, confusing an explosive attraction the two feel and which they have resisted mainly because of their misaligned social situations. Regency favorite Putney brings her signature style and wit to this novel, the fifth in her Lost Lords series. Mixing suspense, adventure and romantic complexity with well-developed characters and a clever, twisting storyline, the end product is smart, fun, sexy and tender. At first kept apart by insurmountable barriers, Rob and Sarah still bond through their intense shared experiences. When the external barriers begin to erode, other conflicts arise, and the dashing, irrepressible heroine and gallant, fearless hero must find their way to happy-ever-after.
Both elegant and swashbuckling, romantic and rollicking—an entertaining, satisfying romance.