Series: Honeycote #5
Published by Forever on October 27, 2015
Genres: Historical, Regency, Romance
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ONCE YOU'VE HAD A TASTE OF SCANDAL . . .
As the Duke of Huntford's sister, Lady Rose Sherbourne follows the rules of well-bred society. Always chaperoned. Never engaging in unseemly behavior. Well, except for that one summer, years ago. And yet she's never been able to forget that handsome stable master or the stolen moments they shared. She's always wondered what might have happened if he hadn't disappeared without a word . . . Now she's about to find out.
YOU CAN NEVER GO BACK
Charles Holland never expected to see Lady Rose again. And yet the years haven't lessened his devotion-or his desire-in any way. Despite their differences in class, Charles cannot stop himself from wanting to possess her. But as they uncover one intimate secret after another about her family, they realize that, this time, their love may come at a very dear price . . .
I adored Anne Barton’s latest novel One Wild Winter’s Eve, from the first Honeycote story by Anne Barton I wanted Rose and Charles story. But then in I thought that ship has sailed and Rose was destined for another love as the two had become solid friends and nothing more. With this new Honeycote story the world of Rose and Charles has been upended once more! From the beautiful prologue until the last page this was a beautiful romantic love story. Charles and Rose’s relationship was first mentioned in When She Was Wicked and has been on the periphery of the later Honeycote series books. When reader’s first met Rose she was a scarred mute young lady. I don’t want to give away why she was mute, but it was psychological. Charles, bless him was a young man whom didn’t try to change her, he accepted that something terrible had led to her becoming mute. He accepted Rose on her own terms, which despite having a loving family no one else did. Her family wanted to fix her, Charles just let her be and waited for her to fix herself; which she eventually accomplished. One Wild Winter’s Eve deals with Rose coming full circle emotionally as she hunts for her mother, who abandoned her family. For those who have not read the previous Honeycote books it would be rude to spoil the series plots for you. In saying this know that each of the Shelbourn (the family name the Honeycote sisters marry into) siblings were marked deeply by their parents actions. There isn’t character in this series that I haven’t fallen in love with, but Charles and Rose sparked my interest from their first introduction. Rose being the sister of a Duke and Charles the handsome stable master whom is more a gentleman than the dandy’s of London society. Their interaction in the previous books were always sweet and poignant, but both characters have matured and Rose knows what she wants. Charles has always put Rose’s happiness above his own, to the point of leaving his job to distance himself from her. What kind of life can a stable master and a lady possible have. I adore Charles as he has the drive to become someone more than the station he was born to. I personally would have chosen Charles over any English Lord available, as he was written with such integrity. The hunt for Rose’s mother doesn’t go smoothly, and both Charles and Rose find themselves on the wrong side of a very powerful person. The intrigue and both of them needing to skulk and hide added grand adventure to this heartwarming love story.