John Raincrow had only days to make it to Trinidad to claim the land he had inherited which would finally give him a place to call his own. Having put Pearl, and the memories of the woman who had left long ago, behind him, he never expected to have to halt his plans because she had walked back into his life and was obviously in over her head with the company she was keeping. Collette Cecilia Carver, CC Carver, had left Pearl long ago with her mother, leaving her brothers and father behind. What was she doing in a gaming hall all but spilling out of her dress and who were the men all but glued to her side?
With the death of her mother, CC had plans to finally return to the only real family she had. Plans were set in motion and hopefully she could find a way to get away from her extended stepfamily without any trouble. Never did she think that John Raincrow would have anything to do with her escape. She had tried to forget the one kiss that they shared, the one kiss that still seared her soul. Pretending, after he paid for her to be released from the company of her “family”, to be man and wife until she was safe at home was pure delight and torture at the same time. She had only a couple of days of pretending left and a lifetime of passion built up between them to explore before she had to face the reality that now it might be John who walked away from her.
I read both this book and the first book in this series this month and found them both to be more than an entertaining escape. John is a strong and prideful alpha but his weakness for CC from a bond they made as children which still held a grip on his heart made him even more desirable. CC had been forced to live a life she had no desire for because of those that held power over her. Her mother, and then later her step-brother and his cousin were happy to use her to get ahead on their less than honorable trek across the country. It was a great read as they found a way to let themselves come first and find love once again in the arms of the person who had always held their hearts.