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    enjoyable read

    There is a lot going on in this story and to be honest, a lot of the author's vocabulary choice and writing style threw me off a bit. We begin with our hero, Aidan, heir to an earldom, recovering from an intense opium addiction and being nursed back to health by the heroine, Cristyn, in her father's sanatorium. Though the two have a strong connection and become friends, Aidan leaves to rejoin his family and continue his recovery. A short while later, in an attempt to make something of himself and give his life purpose, Aidan goes to work undercover as an overseer at a poorly run mill so he can gather information about the conditions and illegal actions of the owner. It just so happens that Cristyn is working as a nurse with the local doctor there. The two cannot stay away from each other, but Aidan cannot risk his mission or the revelation of his true identity. He is also afraid he will lose Cristyn for good if she learns all the details of his true identity, high social standing, and his very sordid past. Eventually, Aidan decides he has had enough of his pretend role and the cruelty of the cotton mill, and that he wants to be honest with Cristyn then wrap things up and go home. Of course, it's not that simple and he still has trouble opening up about his feelings, but this is where I finally felt like I was getting into the book. We also get some scenes told from the point of view of Aidan's father, Julian, about his own love affair as all the Wollstonecraft men seem to be finding love. Aidan's grandfather, the earl, also has a love affair, leaving all the men hopeful of finally breaking the family curse. I would recommend reading the first two books in this series before reading this one. I did not, and while I still enjoyed and understood the story, I think I would've gotten more out of it if I'd read the others first, not to mention avoided spoiling some of the previous plot points for myself. Overall, Aidan is an interesting character and probably one of the most truly flawed heroes I've ever read. What's also interesting is the fact that not only are we told of his flaws and debauched exploits, we are shown them too. He's definitely tortured and a bit of a beta hero, and while I was rooting for him to be strong and overcome his demons, I still struggled to actually like him until the very last chapters of the book. Nonetheless, he was up against a particularly evil and cruel villain and this story tackles several serious issues that are still relevant today, such as addiction and social injustice. Cristyn's character was enjoyable in that she was unafraid to own to her true feelings and be her own person. This was a very different story from the typical formula and I would recommend it as an enjoyable read. I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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    Enjoyable read <3

    You now that feeling when you already like an author's work and then you read their newest and you're totally reminded of why you like it? This was a perfect example of it for me. With a course hovering over his head, Aidan has spent his entire adult life in debauchery. His last stint lands him in the care of Cristyn's father's sanatorium, where she acts as kind of a physician's aid to her father. He and Cristyn form a friendship that eventually transforms into more but because of Aiden's reservations they end up parting ways. I loved Cristyn's openness and candor. She still behaved as a proper lady however that never stopped her from acknowledging her feelings, speaking her mind, and demanding the respect she knew she deserved. I found Aiden's true feelings touching and the perfect basis for his addictions. There was honesty in what he did and as a character he grew immensely, trying to make up for past mistakes, and by taking up on his family's radical ideas of helping those in need. He was frank about his mistakes and totally owned them. I particularly loved how he handled his association with an old paramour, which in the eyes of his society would have been total ruin, possibly even worse. Other characters from previous books make appearances here giving us glimpses of Aidan as part of a loving family. It also provided a sort of epilogue for the other Wollstonecraft men's love stories, which I always consider a treat. Overall, I thought it was an endearing, charming, and unique story. I would recommend this series and author to anyone that enjoys history along with their romance. * I received a copy of this story at no cost to me; this is my honest opinion and in no way was it influenced by the author or publisher. *
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    Great story

    Step into history and lose yourself in a story that will pull at your emotions. Lady Livia Shaw had secrets that nobody should know. But in a unexpected encounter when she was being attacked by street urchins, none other than Adrian, Duke of Preston comes to her aid. Yes, one of the infamous Shaw's that she knew from the past when he was at a low point. The worst part is she later discovers she has lost her brooch that linked her past that she had never gotten over. What to do? She has to find it! Of course Adrian found Livia very attractive and was set on helping her find her missing piece of jewelry. As they spend time with each other, the attraction is off the charts. There was so much to this story that I could hardly put it down. It touched on some subjects that, although very sad, were true for the times and even now. As the tale unfolded, we learn a lot about the past of Adrian and Livia pulled at the heart and I turned the pages hoping they could help each other. Even though part of a series, this can be read as a standalone. Don't miss this fast paced read with with humor at times as well as dark and shocking revelations that will have you sighing as you turn the last page.
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    Marvelous story of the power of love

    Cristyn is a nurse working with her father at a sanatorium that treats those suffering from addictions, mostly opium. Aiden, Lord Wollstonecraft is admitted to this institution when he hits rock bottom. His uncle finds him living with thieves and prostitutes. He will do anything for another taste of opium. She falls in love with him even as she cares for him through the worst of his withdrawals. As Aiden gets better, he realizes that he is attracted to Cristyn as well. He feels he is not good enough due to all the depraved things he has done and there's a curse that follows all of the women in the family. The curse is said that the women, either by blood or marriage don't love long. Aiden has always felt that since the family is cursed, he might as well spend his time doing whatever he wants to. He leaves the facility looking to do something worthwhile. He decides to work undercover at a mill that his uncle owns to investigate the working conditions. They are worse than can be imagined. Will Aiden get out alive? What about the curse, will anything break it? I enjoyed reading this book. It does have subjects that may cause distress in some people. There are conversations of abuse and addiction. The author has done her homework on the history and reform of the working conditions during this time. I received this book from Net Galley and Kensington Books for a honest review and no compensation otherwise.The opinions and thoughts are my own.
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