A semi-sequel to Elusive Passion but can easily be read alone.
Entertaining read about a wounded war vet carrying emotional scars from Waterloo and a very tall woman who lost her first love to another woman and feels like she is unlovable. They're a good match with a lot of chemistry from the start. Smith writes a fun, brisk story with plenty of steamy scenes.
For some reason, I found the steamy scenes a bit tedious. I've read a lot of romance and enjoy a good love scene, these I just wanted to fast forward. Perhaps they were too predictable?
I was also impatient with the story. We went around in circles about who will admit to love first, circles around him hiding his "bad" past, circles around the situation with her ex, Carny. The pacing didn't totally work for me. That said, I would still recommend.
Devlin Ryland has returned ti London in triumph, acclaimed throughout the city for his courage at Waterloo and selfless rescue of a fellow soldier. But Devlin wants no part of his newfound glory-until he escapes to the country estate of a friend and encounters the one woman for whom he would gladly play the hero: the statuesque beauty Lady Blythe Christian. Unfortunately, the lady who so stirs his passions wants nothing at all to do with England's heralded champion. The man Devlin saved was Blythe's betrothed..who then heartlessly married another. Now the pain only intensifies when devlin is near-though, truth be told, she is not unmoved by the strength of his character and his considerable charms. But with heartbreak so fresh in her memory, how can noble Devlin convince Blythe to trust again...because only then can he show her what it is to be loved for the first time.....