September 27th 2017 by Zebra Historical (first published May 30th 2017)
Series Rogues Redeemed #2 Rating: 5*
This was truly a fully fleshed out and wonderful read. To summarize the plot, Callie and Lord George are childhood best friends and neighbors with horrid fathers. Callie’s father decides to rid himself of her and announces he has found her a husband. He’s three times her age, a man she’s never met and will take her away to Jamaica to live. Callie runs to Lord George and they decide to run to Gretna Green; they stop to rest and the father’s alerted by one of Callie’s sisters, found them. In trying to save Lord Georges life who was being beaten to death by her father she promised she would marry the man and be a good and dutiful wife. Later Callie was told that George had been killed on his way to Botany Bay.
It’s fifteen years later, and Callie is widowed with two step-children and living in Washington, as the British are invading and trying to burn it down. She sends her family and retainers off to Baltimore fearing for their safety, while she remains behind to keep her home and dressmaking business safe from looters and approaching British soldiers. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to her some rebel snipers had such into her home and used the upper floors to try and assassinate the top British officer as he rode through town. The soldiers blamed Callie and just as she was about to be raped or worse, a hero came to her rescue.
The hero turned out to be Lord George, now calling himself Gordon who had survived and was sent on a mission by relatives to try to discover and save the missing widow, and/or provide for her if she wouldn’t come back to England. They both recognized one another and the friendship they once had allowed Callie to trust Gordon to see her to her step – family and decide whether to remain in America or go back to England.
This was a real adventure, packed with an enormous amount of American history and a wonderfully sensual romance. I can’t say much more about it other than it was on those hard-pout-down reads!