This book was just okay for me. Couldn't really get into it.
A "lower" level Lady is widowed and left with debt and responsible for the raising of three younger brothers - what is she to do? Become a smuggler of course. Up until now, she has done nicely, keeping her brothers at Harrow school, paying off the debt that threatens to take away her land.
When she meets Lord Damian Rutherford she knows she is in trouble. She falls for the Lord knowing that a smuggler can never make a Lord happy. She keeps trying to make Damian let her go, while he keeps trying to convince her that she doesn't have to make others happy in order for her to be happy.
Can they get on the same wave length and make it work when her plans don't include him and his plans only include her?
Our heroine, Meredith Trelawney, has had to resort to smuggling in order to pay off the debts of her deceased, spendthrift husband and restore the family estate. But
she also relishes the challenge and excitement it brings her. Something that
Damien, Lord Rutherford notices when he spies an encounter between Merrie's
band of smugglers and the Crown revenuers. He's come to Cornwall to look
over an estate left to him by a distant relative and to try to relieve the boredom
into which his life has sunk since his involuntary retirement from soldiering in
When he meets Merrie in company, he first thinks she's a dowdy widow then
begins to see the game she plays with her neighbors to throw them off the
scent of what she really does. He's not stupid and quickly puts the pieces
together as he begins to fall in love with this unusual and delightful woman.
Merrie quickly starts to return his affections even if she resists the idea
of anything permanent between them. After all, he is the heir of a Duke
and her lineage can't begin to match his. Damien refuses to give up and
plots her downfall into matrimony. Sparks fly, wills collide, and the
action moves to London as Damien and Merrie battle each other on the
path to a HEA.