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Returning from the war to find his father dead and the family estate in financial ruins, Kenneth Wilding is approached by a strange offer: uncover a murderer and save his home.
Kenneth takes a position as secretary and assistant to the artist, Sir Anthony Seaton, a man he has long admired. But it is Sir Anthony's daughter, the unconventional and brilliant Rebecca Seaton, who intrigues Kenneth.
Since she was "ruined" years before, Rebecca has devoted herself to her greatest love, painting. Yet the instant she meets Kenneth, Rebecca is captivated by what she calls his "pirate" face; so captivated that she is compelled to paint his portrait.
As Kenneth tries to uncover the truth behind Rebecca's mother's "accidental" death, he discovers that Rebecca is helping him to open a closed door in his life. She gives him the gift of her confidence in his ability to paint and heal the wounds in his soul, just as he gives her the gift of love.
By continuing with the Fallen Angels Series, Mary Jo Putney once again sweeps readers into a story that captures and holds their hearts reintroducing old friends and bringing us a new hero and heroine. She brilliantly captures the intricacies, mores, manners and wit of the era with panache and her special gift for storytelling that brings readers great joy.
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A good book with a complex plot and a happy ending.
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He was known as the Demon Warrior. As rebel, soldier, hero, and spy, Kenneth Wilding has never known defeat, until he returns from the Napoleonic wars to an empty title and a ravaged estate. Then a stranger offers a devil's bargain: financial salvation in return for Kenneth's special subversive skills. Reluctantly, Kenneth enters the household of England's greatest artist to unmask to terrible crime. But he also discovers something infinitely more dangerous: a tantalizing new way of life and an irresistable woman.
After scandal destroys her trust and her reputation, tempestuous Rebecca Seaton withdraws to her attic studio and buries herself in her work. Then Kenneth Wilding sweeps into her life, dazzling her senses with his pirate's face and poet's soul. Warily, they slide into a duel of desire that brings both searing risks and shattering fulfillment, and unleashes a danger that threatens Rebecca's life - even as passion sweeps them into a river of fire that transforms their very souls.