I have to start by saying this is one of the best historical romances I have read in a long time. I sat down to read it and could not put it down until it was over.
The story begins with our hero, Montgomery Fairfax, as he rescues Veronica from near-rape. He brings her home, only to watch her family disown her for coming home without her clothes. He takes her in, then finds himself forced to marry her, to keep her from social destruction. Montgomery is a Virginian, who has recently been summoned to London to take over the title as Lord Fairfax. He is a broken man, haunted by memories of the Civil War and the family he has lost.
Veronica is determined to make the most of her marriage. She was an orphan, being raised as a poor relation by her uncle and his family. Now, she is the mistress of her own home. She has a bit of a psychic gift and it allows her to read the emotions of others. In the case of her husband, she can feel his misery, yet he will not open up to her. The only way they relate to each other is in the bedroom. But she wants more.
I have not one single complaint about this book. It captured my attention from the first page and not once did I have to fight the urge to skim ahead. I felt such sympathy for Montgomery. He was so empty. And Veronica is not much better off. She lost the only people who ever loved her when her parents died. It was heartwarming watching them slowly fill the emotional void within each other. And the sex was fan-freaking-tastic. The pacing was great, and so was the minor mystery at the end.
If you like Historical Romance at all, I suggest you give this one a try. I loved it. 4 1/2 stars.