Date published: 2013
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
Gerard Gretton has reared a family and restored the family fortunes. He calls his adult children together and tells them he is leaving to search for the person he once loved and that, should they ever be fortunate enough to find love, to seize it.
Randall is grateful to be a younger son because his taste is for men, not women, and at this period of history such a taste is illegal. His chances of ever finding true love are tiny, but, in the meantime, his brother sets him to searching for a traitor to England.
Randall is a very engaging character with many layers and a nicely balanced mixture of self-confidence and insecurities. I also like the way the character of the oldest brother, Peregrine develops through this story. Jason is another complicated, multilayered person it’s a treat to get to know as the story unfolds.
Smugglers, spies, highwaymen and traitors are all standard fodder of stories from this era, and this book doesn’t disappoint in this area with a hefty dose of them all. The story is well-paced, alternating description and sex scenes with bursts of surprises and action. The bad guy in any particular scene is never the first person to come to the reader’s mind, but is not completely improbably either.
My only complaint with the book is a couple of places where the POV wobbled a bit.
I enjoyed this yarn, a great mix of plot, character and adventure, and a clever balance of the anticipated and the unexpected. I look forward to the next book in the series.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.