Release Date: Dec 1, 2020
Series: The Greycourt Series
Heat Level: Hot
Publisher: Grand Central
I am a huge fan of historical romance books and I must say that this book was very well written. I loved how it was in dual perspective so you could catch a glimpse of what each character was thinking and how they felt at the time. There is even a POV of Messalina’s brother, which made me want to know more about him.
This is my first time reading a book by this author and I will be reading more from her. I felt the story of Messalina and Gideon flowed smoothly from the beginning to the very end. If you enjoy reading such books by Eva Devon you will enjoy this book very much. She has a way of incorporating the right amount of danger and love into this book. So much so that it had me turning the pages wanting to know what was going to happen next.
Messalina Greycourt is a headstrong, smart and highly stubborn woman. She lives in fear of her uncle, who was a malicious man. He craves power and money over everything. I was really hoping something would happen to him and still do. She was such a strong woman and pretty much played the cards she was delt in life. She played them well too. She had plans on escaping her uncles grasp by fleeing anywhere she could to be out of his sight and out of harms way. I really loved her devotion to her family she clearly loved them especially her sister.
Gideon Hawthorn is a man who would do anything to get what he wants. He’s a ruffian with a depraved mouth. He grew up in the slums of London and fought his way out. He has plans on how to make it into the aristicratic lifestyle and working for Messalina’s uncle is part of that plan. His determination to better himself and show a kind of softer side of himself to Messalina drew me in to want to know more about him. He seemed like such a kind person even with his gruffness.
These two characters were so much fun and intriguing to read. They both were married by the will of her uncle and both had alterior motives. They wanted financial security but Gideon wanted something more. I really enjoyed watching their feelings for each other grow and change. I felt for her and kept telling her to run for the hills but wanted her to stay to just see what would happen. I got excited when she would catch herself thinking about staying because she was starting to want to stay and then reminding herself that fleeing with whatever she got out of her deal with Gideon was the only thing she should do.
With Gideon I felt like he was learning to open up and trust Messalina with his deep dark secrets. He had many skeletons that he didn’t want to share but she pried herself in and the end result had all my feels in full effect. He was fierce to protect her from her uncle and anyone that might interfere with his plans for her. It was easy to see that he had wanted her for a long time. There are some great action scenes sprinkled through this book along with some steamy romance that will captivate you. Very well written book and a quite enjoyable read.