I find it interesting that Howell is paired up with Sands in these books because their writing styles are so different. Sands is usually goofier while Howell definitely takes herself more seriously. The two stories were okay but I wished they crossed paths with each other more.
I preferred Sands' "The Capture" more. It had humor and Lucy was just awesome in her resourcefulness. I loved that it was her who saved the day many times and she pretty much carried the story.
SPOILER ALERT: It is unfair of me but I have a hard time with Howell's writing. I always feel like her stories lack emotion. Even when something is urgent, it seems like the characters still sit around and discuss what I read about in the character's thoughts two paragraphs ago. Despite that, it was a decent story. I didn't care for how Brona was hurt in the end. It was kind of dumb and serves Heming right for messing around. And if there is time for you to explain to someone why you can't untie them at this moment, you probably had time to cut the ropes and untie her.
Overall, it was a decent read. I did't love it but I didn't hate it either. I would read the rest of the books if I didn't have anything else better to read.
I think that Lynsay Sands and Hanna Howell did a wonderful job of writing these stories and making it go side by side. I thought the cousins would know that there was danger going into the inn. But then there wouldn't be a story.I thought that the women in this story shouldn't haven't been too trust. Since they had been abused. Overall I would give this book a 3.5 rate.