Lord Sussex, one of three men who keeps a family secret their enemy Orpheus will do anything to possess, finds himself enamored with Lucy Ashton. But he has just presented her with evidence that her lover, long thought dead, may be alive and working for Sussex's enemy.
Lucy finds Sussex cold and dispassionate, someone she could not imagine spending her life with. Resentment is added when he informs (not asks) her she will be his wife. Though her feelings towards him become confused when he starts showing some of that passion he feels towards her.
As I said in my review of the first book in this series, I adore Featherstone's heroes. She is great at doing dark, brooding heroes. I wasn't sure what to expect with Sussex. He does have a bit of a dark history, and he presents himself more subdued than he actually is. I ended up enjoying his character very much once he let his passion for Lucy show. And he has even a bigger secret he is hiding from her. One, I will admit, I kind of saw coming.
I thought I might have some troubles liking Lucy after reading the first book. Annoying is the word that comes to mind. Her complete devotion to her maybe dead lover seemed kind of over the top. But she wasn't quite as annoying in this book, I thought. Maybe because we got more of her thought process and history.
My enjoyment of the story was slightly interrupted about 3/4 of the way through. For a moment I thought I was reading a dream sequence. The emotions and actions of Lucy did a 180, and left me confused. I was happy we got some sweetness out of the two together, I just found it rather abrupt.
Alynwick's story is next. He seems to be the most damaged of the three heroes. Which makes sense, because it seems authors tend to save the third book for the darkest hero.
ARC provided by NetGalley.