Rating: 4 out of 5.

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This is a sweet, steamy historical fiction romance. The book touches on issues of grief, physical, sexual and mental abuse, and PTSD. There isnโ€™t explicit descriptions of these triggers, and the author does a good job of focusing more on the path forward than the actual traumas.

Michael returns from WWI to Scarlett Castle as the Duke of Foxcotte after his brother died in the war. He is greeted by his mother and his brotherโ€™s widow, Emmeline. His mother is determined to get Michael and Emmeline together to get more grandchildren and secure the estate. The couple decides to court to see if a marriage of convenience is something they can enter into, but soon sparks are flying and they realize that it could be much more.

I loved the chemistry between Michael and Emmeline and the spicy scenes were hot. Their teasing and flirting was fun to read. The patience that Michael displayed with Emmeline was very sweet. Just as Emmeline got comfortable and showed growth, matters were complicated by the unexpected appearance of her cousins, children of the parents that abused her. It added tension to the story, but I thought this went off the rails a bit toward the end. My only other complaint is that I felt the book dragged a bit in the middle and some things seemed to be needlessly repeated. These issues are minor, however, and others may not feel this way.