Desperate to protect her father from trial and death, Genevieve breaks off her engagement with Christian Amesbury and marries a blackmailer. After a year of marriage, she flees her husband's violent domination only to have fate bring her back to Christian. Just when she thinks she's started a new life of safety and solitude, her husband tracks her down, stalks her, and threatens everyone she loves.
Still brokenhearted over Genevieve's betrayal a year ago, Christian can't believe she's come back into his life--and worse, that she's done it on the anniversary of his brother's death, a death that haunts him. Though tempted to throw her back into the river where he found her, he can't leave her at the mercy of the terrifying man she married.
When her husband torments Genevieve and puts his family in danger, Christian will do anything to protect those he loves...anything except give Genevieve another chance to break his heart.
We get a flashback to a tragic event that happened in Christian's past, and despite that, I found he was a character I instantly took a liking to. As the book progressed, he came across as being honorable, courageous, and I found myself rooting for him
Genevieve, or Jen, was a character that it took a little longer for me to warm up to, simply because of the choices she made at the beginning, and I was frustrated because of that. The further along in the book I got, the more my attitudes towards her shifted as more of her story was revealed and she became more sympathetic. The chemistry that she and Christian had really became evident the further I read, and as a result, I really wanted him and Genevieve to have their happy ending. As far as Wickburgh, in the simplest terms: obsessive, abusive, and psychotic top the list. He was a character that was easy to dislike, but he was created in such a way that he's memorable.
I also grew to love many of the secondary characters. Christian's brother Grant was the one that caught my attention right away, because he came across as being somewhat mysterious, but he was there when Christian needed him. Cole and Jared are characters that also caught my attention, and I want to go back and read their stories now. Their sister, Rachel, instantly became one of my favorites as well.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and the characters had a large part in that. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes clean regency romance or historical romance. My rating is 4/5 platypires.
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