From nationally bestselling author Elizabeth Thornton comes the sinfully seductive, delightfully romantic story of a woman who discovers a most thrilling type of pursuit. . . .
After years of heroism in the fight against the French, Ash Denison wants nothing more than to savor the good life. But an urgent request has sent him to a writer’s symposium. His charge: to unmask an author who has rattled several members of the town by revealing their most intimate, most scandalous secrets. Not one to be left out, when Ash encounters a bold, beautiful, irresistibly aloof woman writer, he can’t help stirring up some gossip of his own. . . .
Much to Eve Dearing’s surprise, Ash is far from the well-mannered gentleman she’s heard about. In fact, he’s shockingly brash and has taken an inexplicable interest in manhandling her at every turn. Yet something about his searing embrace makes her forgive his wicked behavior–and succumb to his dangerous seduction. And when a fellow writer is brutally attacked and Eve becomes the killer’s next target, Ash surprises her once more by vowing not only to keep her safe . . . but to win her heart.
On a mission to discover the identity of the writer publishing speculative short stories in the London Heraldrevealing personal confidences-including his own-Ash Denison escorts his grandmother and cousin to a Gothic writers' symposium and is attracted to author Eve Dearing (a.k.a. Mrs. Barrymore), whose latest novel he had read and, to his amazement, enjoyed. Coming to Eve's aid when she seems unsteady, Ash has no idea that the psychically gifted Eve has just sensed a wave of violent malevolence coming from someone in the audience-directed at her. Old hatreds, unspeakable abuse, murder, and secrets a villain will kill to keep drive the complex plot of this gripping, beautifully sensual story that reveals its clues so skillfully that readers will be enthralled until the end. Thornton (The Bachelor Trap) is a veteran author of well-crafted historicals; she lives in Canada.