For years Sir Samuel Shaw has secretly lusted after the handsome and popular Lord John Darnish, a man known for his good humor, expert riding prowess, and very female mistress. Certain that John is an unattainable fantasy, Sam is shaken when an accidental discovery reveals John might not be as unattainable as he once thought. But what is possible is not always likely, and Sam finds himself trapped between keeping a friend and risking everything for the unlikely hope of something more.
John is terror struck when his drunken mistake threatens to shatter the double life he has worked so hard to maintain. His terror soon turns to hope when he finds himself drawn to Sam, who he is sure does not share his interest in men. But subtle things cause him to second guess, and fear that his hopes are making him see what he wants to see.
Sam’s risks and John’s hopes turn futile, however, when blights from Sam’s past resurface to threaten them and Sam’s family. Can Sam choose between the love he has always wanted and the security of his family, or will forces outside his control hurt all the people he holds most dear?
This is book two and you don’t need to read book one to understand, however Henry and Richard play a major roll in this book so to understand there dynamic I would. Plus it’s also a brilliant book and well worth it.
We start this one by looking back at Sam’s last year at school and what led him to become the man he is today.
Nine years later we find an outer shell of Sam to be boorish, rude, argumentative and quick to temper. The man underneath however, is kind, willing to help a fellow man, woman, child and animal. Quick to laugh and very business savvy.
John, also is living two lives. He has spent years cultivating a life surrounding himself around fun loving men, women of the night, a real man’s man and lady’s dream. Secretly he has a second life that no one knows about.
One night Sam and John run into each other and both their lives are changed forever.
The dance that Sam and John do is one based on perceived shame and misunderstanding. Sam’s walls built up for nine years of almost daily torment by peers of the ton make it almost impossible for him to tell John the truth. And John, not having ever dealt with this situation before has no bases for comparison is confused and hurt. The two together make great friends while dealing with feelings that are aware they shouldn’t have. Once they find the footing needed they become a match couple, perfect for each other. Once disaster strikes John becomes a force to be reckoned with willing to become Sam’s knight in Shining Armor.
The secondary cast, who actually play a major role really add another layer to an already brilliant story.Richard and Henry stay just enough in the back ground so not to take over the story, because after all this not there book, they had there’s. Sam’s sisters Kat and Flor. All the men of the Ton.
All make the story keep going so the almost 400 pages just fly by
Can’t wait for book three, better be a book three!