by Carrie Lofty
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Pocket
Courtesy of publisher
Sir William Christie, ruthless tycoon and notorious ladies’ man, is dead. Now his four grown children have gathered for the reading of his will. What lies in store for stepsiblings Vivienne, Alexander, and twins Gareth and Gwyneth? Stunning challenges that will test their fortitude across a royal empire . . . and lead them to the marvelously passionate adventures of their lives.Lady Vivienne Bancroft fled England for New York, hoping to shed the confines of her arranged marriage to unrepentant rogue Miles Durham, Viscount Bancroft—though she never forgot the fiery desire he unleashed with his slightest touch. And when the gambling man arrives on her doorstep for a little sensual revenge for her desertion, he is met with Vivienne’s dilemma: She must earn her father’s inheritance by profitably running a diamond business worth millions in colonial South Africa. Swept together in an exotic undertaking filled with heated passion and hungry temptation, will Vivienne and Miles discover that the marriage vows they once made are the greatest snare—or the most treasured reward?
This book is flawless in more ways than just the title.
Vivienne is the picture of propriety and has fought to stay that way despite being married to an alcoholic gambler. She left him before and intends to do so if she can earn her inheritance. Viv didn’t count on having such a soft spot for her man, and now has to decide if he is worth the leap of faith.
Miles is nearly everything Viv thinks him to be, or he used to be. As a bored aristocrat nothing could fire his blood like his perfect wife, a feeling he finds he is addicted to and will trade all other vices for.
Miles and Viv have an overwhelming journey ahead of them, and not only the journey to South Africa. Their marriage was full of imperfections but at the same time exactly what each needed, they just were unable to see it. The pain and heartache they have to overcome is so tangible you will feel it to your soul. At one point Miles gives Viv a gift that itself is not overwhelming but the meaning behind it will bring tears to your eyes.
Lofty has created a beautiful tale of love worth fighting for, a villainous mastermind and a land with unique beauty. Miles and Viv’s journey is one you do not want to miss for it is nearly flawless.