When Catherine Elizabeth Harcourt, also known as Cay, concedes to a favor for her Godfather T.C. Connor, she had no idea that it would chnge her life forever. Cay agrees to help a man who was convicted of his wife’s murder to escape from prison. She agrees when she finds out the man is the son of her Father’s friend. But when the escape plan goes wrong, she finds herself on the run with the unkempt criminal. Alexander McDowell can’t believe it when he finds himself saddled with this rich and spoiled young girl and begins to think of a way to get her safely back to her family. But Cay finds herself drawn to Alexander and to avoid arrest for helping a criminal must follow him into the Florida everglades as he runs from the law. Will the chemistry between them be enough to live happily ever after, or will his past threathen to hinder their budding relationship?
Jude Deveraux delivers again. I began reading her a few years ago and I must say, I have yet to be disappointed. This book is another historical that I found myself completely drawn into. I will say the beginning was a bit slow to develop, but that only lasted maybe a chapter or two. Once Cay embarked on her mission the book became nothing less than engrossing.
The chemistry she builds between the lead man and woman is nothing short of amazing. They build an easy friendship with lots of humor and intuitiveness. Some of the dialogue and the happenings between Alex and Cay had me literally laughing out loud. I love the trust Cay develops for Alex despite his conviction, and I love his protectiveness of her despite the fact that she’s a headstrong young woman who can no doubt fend for herself.
Cay, while being rich, grew up under the guidance of her parents and four older brothers. But being that she had four older brothers and roughshod cousins in Scotland, she learned to ride very well and developed talents of her own, particularly in art. And it is her artistic endeavors that help them within the Florida wilderness.
Alexander has a gift and a secret of his own. Alex knows a lot about Cay and her family because since he was a young boy, he has been secret penpals with her older brother Nate. Nate refers to Alex as Merlin because he has a special way with animals. Which comes in handy for getting horses to cooperate when on the run, and fighting off crocodiles.
Though they aren’t together under the best of circumstances, they make the most of their situation as they both learn about life, love, and betrayel. Another worthy read from Deveraux, go pick it up today!
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