Alexandra Hawkins has done it again!!! This book is the first in her new series and after reading this one I can honestly say that this is going to be another award winning series. I read everything that she writes whether it bears the name Alexandra Hawkins or AKA Barbara Pierce! This book is everything that a historical romance novel should be. A feisty heroine, a rake for a hero, a really bad villain, a great story with a plot that moves at a great pace, a beautiful love story, amazing sensual love scenes and a HAE. Alexandra is one of the authors who got me started reading historical romance when I came across a book called Tempting The Heiress by Barbara Pierce, which I still have, along with all her other books. She understands what the reader wants, and doesn't dumb down the writing because she knows her fans are intelligent and can handle sophisticated plots. This is a beautifully written love story where the two main protagonists go through some harrowing situations to get to their lovely HAE.