My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤
Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋
The first wedding night that Lady Juliana St. Albans spent with the dark and daring Rhys Vaughan was intoxicating, the heady culmination of her new husband’s driving hunger and her own awakened sensuality. When he mysteriously disappeared the next morning, she waited for him in hope and desperation. And when he was finally proclaimed dead in a shipwreck, she bitterly mourned the loss of her love.
The second wedding night that Juliana spent with Rhys Vaughan was six years later, after he returned to claim her just as she was about to wed another. This Rhys was different—bolder, harder, and convinced that she’d betrayed him. Only their blazing passion remains from their years apart. But is it enough to light their way through the maze of mystery, menace, and mistrust—to the love they once shared and would have to find again?
The blurb does not do this book justice it is an absolutely amazing read. I loved everything about it and was drawn in from the start. There is a character for everyone and you will find ones you love and ones you hate for good reason. Being set in Wales was a refreshing change and it was nice to have some insight into that history. This is a couple that fell in love quickly and was meant to be together, but it was a crazy and wild road to get them together and I could actually see this playing out in real life at some point.
Juliana is a smart woman even if she is a bit of a wild child that gets into trouble from time to time. Yes, she is impulsive at the start and a very innocent young lady, but she isn’t dumb and knows what she is doing at all times and that there can be trouble. She follows her heart and always sees the reason behind what people do. I cheered the moment she stood up to her family and she meant what she said. She grew into a very independent woman that wasn’t going to let anyone control her and had her ways of getting Rhys to come to his senses. The fact that she never gave up is what made her amazing.
Rhys is a mix of every man you could imagine. He’s a poet, a fighter, a lover, and a stubborn man that at times you want to smack. He was also very innocent in his own ways and probably didn’t always think thing through either. I felt for him when he was taken and then again when he returned because of everything that happened to him in those years. When he finally realized that he was wrong I wanted to jump and cheer because he let down the wall he built around his heart.
When it comes to everyone else involved I wanted to hug her one brother because he just did what he was told out of fear and I wanted to strangle the other for everything he did. I did feel a bit for him in the end when everything was said and done because he really did think he was doing good in a way, but it may have not always been for someone else. Lettice and Morgan’s story was a nice touch and added a bit more structure to Juliana and Rhys especially Morgan because he told him when he was wrong.
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review*