Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
Colin McCoy has spent his life trying to live down his brother Padraig’s reputation and has always been the good son. Even when he visited a brothel which wasn’t very often, he always maintained a respectable presence. It would take attending a ball for him to visualize a very different life than he had been living and that was after meeting Fiona Leary.
Fiona is the daughter of Lord Allardyce and who his father is the steward for, and he intends to court her. Colin is determined that his courtship would live up to everything required in his day and age except for the occasional kisses he risks taking. Lord Allardyce has agreed to the courtship but as time goes by and for a short amount of time it is Colin who gets impatient and wants to ask for her hand in marriage earlier than is customary. Fortunately, Fiona is on the same page and readily agrees so Colin’s future looks secure.
If you read book one than you are familiar with Donal and his wife Felicity and what is expected of them, and it seems those expectations are still front, and center as is the constant reference to Padraig. Colin will do everything in his power to make up for his brothers mistakes and problems. The good son will keep on doing the right thing until doing the right thing makes his life boring and predictable.
Considering the historic period this story takes place in Fiona is not a shrinking violet, in fact the wedding night she is the aggressor anxious to find out what all the hoopla is about when it comes to a man and woman. You can keep things prim and proper and secret, but women still want what they want and damn social mores.
Another wonderful story about a family I learned to love in book one and totally recommend reading it before book two, so much to learn and another love story to enjoy.