Finally!!!! The Duke of Baynton, Gavin Whitridge gets his story. Gavin is a Gentleman who has always done what was required of him as a Duke. He uses his position to keep his country safe and prosperous. Guiding and influencing where he must. He has never kept a mistress nor ever been the subject of any unsavory gossip. He is everything that a Duke of the Realm should be. He has never stepped out of the boundaries that were drilled into him by his father. If you have read the first two books in this series, you know that both times he courted a lady she has fallen in love with someone else, as a Gentleman he has stepped back and let the ladies marry their true loves.
Mrs. Sarah Pettijohn is an actress, a playwright, the illegitimate daughter of Lord Twyndale, a widow and a survivor of physical and sexual abuse by her late husband. Sarah is a fighter who is determined to succeed, she will have one of her plays performed at a theater in London. She is also stubborn to the point driving The Duke of Baynton stark raving mad!!!
It begins when Gavin has been talked into attending an event at a theater where the famous Siren is to perform. He is brought to his feet in shock when he recognizes that Mrs. Sarah Pettijohn is the Siren. He has had dealings with her and the past and never thought to have to see her ever again. His brother married her niece. Gavin has never been a slave to lust, but now he wants Sarah as his mistress and is in the position to help her if she will agree to Carte Blanche.
Sarah has vowed never to become like her mother, going from man to man as she ages and then dies broke and alone. But the Duke is offering something she might not be able to refuse. Deep inside Sarah is terrified of intimacy and simply is not any good at sex, or so her husband had told her. She doesn't know if she can submit to Gavin. For his part Gavin is tired of always doing the right thing. He realizes that he has never made any decisions to make himself happy. He has never known anyone like Sarah and is determined to have her. Add his mother pushing him to court a young lady of her chose.
This is a story that will touch you down to your soul. Sarah and Gavin are amazing characters that will tug at your heartstrings and you will cheer for them to get their HAE. Cathy writes a story that you will not be able to put down. I smiled alot at the witty dialogue between Sarah and Gavin and I cried as they both opened up and told each other their secrets. This is an extraordinary love story that you will want to read over and over again. All I can say about this book is you must read it!! This book can be read as a stand alone. I recommend if you have not read the first two in the series....do!!!
Received complimentary copy from publisher for an honest review.