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My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤
Spice Level: 💋💋
Esmie Elstone is thrown into panic when she hears of Captain Rockford’s return. But she is determined that the days of him interfering with her life are over. Destroying her chances of a happy future on his last visit, had resulted in her being foisted on her Aunt for a third pointless season in London.
To alleviate the boredom of society life, Esmie helps run a discreet betting enterprise under the guise of a sewing club. But there are some things you just shouldn’t wager on, and Esmie’s integrity is soon put to a dangerous test.
Richard Rockford had known Esmie almost all her life. As neighbours, her father, Admiral Elstone, had depended on Richard to keep an eye on his daughter when he was away at sea – a responsibility he had always taken on willingly. But her cruel and thoughtless actions, from the day he had left four years earlier, had shaken him. Now, he was back, and he wanted answers.
But when Esmie tumbles into a treacherous conspiracy, can he really turn his back on her?
This was my first book by Susan Lodge and I couldn’t put it down and was hooked from page one! Were they going to kill each other or kiss? I never knew what was going to happen between them. I knew her past was going to come back and cause more trouble but didn’t expect the amount of trouble. It was clear to everyone that they were perfect for each other because they balanced each other out. I was holding my breath when she was being questioned and then when it came to what they planned. The proposal and ending were perfect and I didn’t see the twist with her friend coming.
Esmie was definitely on the wild side even when she didn’t mean to be. She lived with such guilt for so long that it was heartbreaking. I loved her right away because she didn’t mean to always cause trouble and she knew how to take care of herself. Once her eyes were fully open to everything she was free.
Richard was always looking out for her no matter what and he didn’t realize fully why. I loved him because he really cared even though he wanted to make her suffer at first. Nothing would stop him from keeping her safe and I wouldn’t dare try to stop him.