Author: Sian Ann Bessey
Series: Georgian Gentlemen #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Date: April 1, 2020
Despite living at her father’s inn her entire life, Elizabeth Doyle has always managed to avoid involvement with the smugglers who frequently gather there. Until now. When a handsome smuggler is brought to her with dire injuries, Elizabeth risks everything to hide him—completely unaware that the wounded man is not who he appears to be.
When an opportunity arises to infiltrate the notorious smuggling gang he believes caused his father’s death, Jonas Ainsworth, the Viscount Langton, pretends to be one of them. But when he is wounded midcharade, Jonas’s life is placed in the hands of an unlikely savior: a smuggler’s daughter. Forced to flee before his wounds have fully healed, he does not think he will ever see her again—until she appears on his doorstep, seeking safe haven.
Divided by their social standings yet united in their mutual desire to expose the leader of the smuggling ring, Jonas and Elizabeth are undeniably drawn to each other. Neither realizes, however, that they are dangerously close to uncovering explosive secrets from the past—secrets that will alter the course of their lives forever.
Very much enjoyed this book. Loved both the main characters and how they cared for each other the best they could. I love how Elizabeth managed to stay apart from the smuggling despite growing up surrounded by it thanks be to her blessed mother. Loved how Jonas was willing to step into the fray of smuggling to do what was right. And I loved their relationship with each other. Also loved his sister and mother.
I think the only thing I didn’t like was that I would have preferred he confess his love for her earlier in the story despite what society would say. While it was important for her to be comfortable enough to step into a life with him, wouldn’t it have been wonderful if he’d confessed before she was worthy in the eyes of society? But still, he was pretty swoony and I was happy they got their happily ever after.
Sex: no, but sleezy leering and innuendo.
Violence: yes, not horribly graphic but people are murdered before the story starts, Jonas is shot, Elizabeth is beaten by her horrible father.
*I received a complementary copy of this book through Netgalley and voluntarily chose to review it.