And returns to London to find Lizzie kidnapped by his enemies. He is described as having long dark hair, a tanned and well-muscled body, and he even sports a piratical gold earring. She had a high forehead, a prominent nose that thrust forth at a decisive angle, straight and true, and finely shaped eyebrows of walnut brown. I have to say that in those earlier books in the series, I had really liked Lizzie with Alec.
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Love reading back-to-back 5-star reads! And what? He has long hair? And has a pierced ear? Excuse me Where to start? There was so much about this story I thoroughly enjoyed. The characters, their back story, the never-ending plot full of twists and turns dealing with revenge, murder, secrets 5 stars! The characters, their back story, the never-ending plot full of twists and turns dealing with revenge, murder, secrets and oh yes a lovely love-triangle thrown in there too.
Still with me? This will forever be a favorite of mine. There is a serious dark heavy edge to the tone and story that had me glued to my seat. And of course I was expecting a HEA but there were several moments that I had no idea what was going to happen next and was a little nervous, somewhat anxious to see what played out next.
He pretty much goes on a downward spiral of drinking, gambling and whoring as a rebellion after dropping out of school for a few years until he decides to uncover the real truth behind the accident. As a hero Devlin had a lot of layers and substance that made him so relatable and 3 dimensional.
I could picture him clearly in my head and felt his sorrow and loneliness like a tangible thing. He puts on a calculated air of a careless rakehell to fool certain people in this but what lies beneath is so much more and very endearing. I honestly was expecting to get an arrogant dandy Lordly alpha male who is reckless. Devlin proved me wrong a few chapters in.
Loved seeing the connection between him and Lizzie. Both so alone, outsiders looking in and wanting so badly to find a place they belong to, a family to call their own. I utterly adored Lizzie, such a root-worthy relatable heroine. A bluestocking in her own right, who stands by her principles but has a compassionate generous kind gentle heart.
She amazed me with her endless capacity to show Devlin the kindness and love he so desperately needed and was unfailingly patient with him. He reached out and cradled her cheek in his palm. Their story, the trials they go through separately and together and the wonderful all-consuming love they find for each other.
This book is chalk-full of surprises which is something I generally love to discover while reading. Go Lizzie! There are very few villains that stand out to me while reading HR, there are the typical haughty villains who cackle and throw feeble threats and then there are these guys.
Lord Carstairs, Quint Randall and Tarquil were truly terrifying because they came off so real and would do absolutely anything to hide their secrets.
There were certain parts that had me fidgeting and almost scared to find out what happens next. There so many faucets of this book that had me sitting with a numb ass, glued to my seat not wanting to put this down. The 3 leaders of the reckless Horse and Chariot Club are as menacing and vile as you could possibly imagine.
You have a child molester who has a penchant for young attractive men, a rapist, a sharp shooter who happens to have an incestuous affair with his own sister and fathered her child and thinks nothing of killing someone to cover his secrets. Gaelen seriously knows how to write dark gritty characters and she manages to write them so real and not in the least bit contrived or cartoonish, which is something HR villains generally suffer from.
These guys have plenty of substance and are intelligent, cunning and predatory. There was nothing caricature-like about these three. The members of the club practice every form of debauchery imaginable and manage to hide their worst offenses because they happen to rub elbows with the ton and most of them have titles of their own.
I was amazed how even the villains were multi-layered and had their own inner demons to fight and each separately try to deal with the mounting guilt of what they did 12 years ago. Not many authors are willing to go that far. Bravo to Gaelen for going there. I almost felt like passing out after finally finishing it. Devlin and Lizzie made me melt, swoon, gush and get flustered a hundred times over like a little girl.
Only thing I did notice is the amount of typos I kept finding especially in the first half. It did become a little distracting because they were very obvious and a handful of them which surprised me but other than that amazing read!
I highly recommend this to any Gaelen fans or even new readers. So much happens in this story and if you like drama, angst, suspense and romance then this is the perfect way to go!
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