I have to say, I was a bit surprised when I saw this book was a continuation of Gaelen Foley’s Inferno Club series. I would have bet money that the last book was the end for that series. It definitely felt like a last hurrah; the bad guys were vanquished; the good guys seem to have their futures lined up ahead. Now that we’re back in that world, it has a decidedly different feel. The series arc is over. And what we’re left with, is a romance that feels nearly unconnected to the previous books, save for the familiar hero and two scenes with past characters.
Trevor always thought he would marry Laura — the beautiful fiance he left behind before he went off to do his spy thing. But when he didn’t come home, she thought he was dead and moved on with another man. Now that his identity is well known and his spy-days are over, he doesn’t know what to do with himself. Women are throwing themselves at him, but he is just not interested in being a novelty hero. When he stumbles upon Grace in a darkened room during a ball, he believes her to be one of the masses trying to seduce him. He brands her with a kiss, and quickly finds out how wrong he is.
Grace is a preacher’s daughter, committed to helping her father do good works and serving the less fortunate. She rarely thinks of herself. But her encounter with Trevor turns her world on its ear. It’s even harder to ignore her feelings when he moves to her small country town. The neighboring beauty takes an interest in him too, leading Grace to wonder how she could ever compare. It’s her goodness, though, and ability to see Trevor as a real man that attracts him to her. And once he realizes what a treasure she is, he begins to understand what love really is.
This is a gentle love story. Grace is a spinster and has never had a real prospect for a man of her own. It was very sweet to see her learn her worth as a woman through Trevor’s eyes. At the same time, Trevor had sworn off love, but Grace’s goodness and beauty break down the walls he has built around himself. It’s nice and pleasant, but not really fiery or exciting. There is a little bit of drama in the last quarter of the book. But like I said, this is nothing like the other installments in the series.
I liked it well enough, but it didn’t evoke any strong feelings.
*ARC Provided by Avon