Can love withstand the ultimate betrayal?
William was running. Running from his father, running from his arranged marriage, and running from himself. He’d never wanted to manage his father’s vast empire. He would have been quite happy to find some small corner of England and read and paint. He knew it would be too much to ask for the company of a man to go with that. Too dangerous. His only hope for escape is to hide who and what he is and pretend to be a servant.
Alex was barely surviving after the fight with Napoleon’s armies. Riddled with guilt, he buried the knowledge of his wife’s death, and his crippled body, at the bottom of whatever brandy bottle he could find.
Two broken souls. One so damaged he thinks he doesn’t deserve love, and one so convinced he would never find it he has stopped looking.
Danger, lies, and espionage. The fate of hundreds of English soldier’s lives depending on them to trust each other, to work together.
Alex is forced to make a choice, unable to swallow his pride and rejects Will and their chance of happiness. Will is heartbroken, and Alex is destroyed. Will Alex realize his mistake in time? Can he learn to trust Will, but more importantly himself, and would Will ever forgive him if he did? And finally, would love ever survive a betrayal – even if it is an innocent one?
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I really enjoyed this story. I loved getting to see how Will handled the events in the first book. This was a wonderful look at who Will is and what he truly wants out of life. I adored how he and Alex slowly get to know each other and fall for each other. Watching these two dance around each other was such a joy. There were a few times I wasn’t sure they would make it. The emotions were wonderfully written in this story. I was on the edge of my seat at times and my heart hurt at others.
Alex was such a beautiful character. He was so wrapped up in his pain, it hurt to read at first. But I was amazed at his blossoming by the end of the book. I loved seeing him stand up for himself finally right at the end. He deserves all the happiness he’s found with Will.
I liked the plot with trying to figure out who the traitor is and doing it in time. It was threaded throughout the story so it wasn’t overwhelming the whole book. But it also wasn’t plunked down in one spot and then over and done. It was this undercurrent that made you think and look at everyone with an air of distrust. I was shocked by who wound up being the spies and double crossers at the end. I didn’t see some of them coming!
I adored the ending. Seeing how Will extricated himself from London was masterfully plotted. Then he and Alex are so happy together at the end. You can feel their love and tell they’re going to be together for as long as possible. Gus needs a story though. He’s completely sweet and I love his drive to ensure everyone is taken care of.
Four and a half
Victoria Sue has loved books for as long as she can remember. Books were always what pocket money went on and what usually Father Christmas brought. When she ran out of her kids’ adventure stories, she would go raid her mom’s. By the age of eight she was devouring classics like Little Women, and fell in love with love stories.
She especially loves writing gay romance because as far as she’s concerned the only thing better than one hot guy, is two of them.