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    A love story that needed to be told

    After finally finding out why Benedict wasn’t married I was excited about his story. I knew it was going to be interesting and different and it doesn’t disappoint. Their first meeting was a shocking one and five years later the next one was just as shocking. I wasn’t sure how the danger was going to end but loved how the cat was involved. The ending was perfect. Catarina is a very skilled lace maker and loves her independence. She was afraid of love because it meant losing control. Her temper had a tendency to control her which lead to problems. Benedict has loved her and took his marriage vows seriously for five years. There is something about him that you love from the first time you meet him and his story just makes you love him more. I loved that because he is older he knows his mind and heart. Copy provided for an honest and voluntary review
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    Enjoyable Addition to the Series

    This is the latest in the Survivors series centering around a group of soldiers (who were basically tasked with suicide missions) while fighting Napoleon. This story is about their leader, Colonel Draven and his adventures in saving a damsel/stranger in distress by marrying her. Draven is a very likable, personable character who cares deeply for his men and feels strongly about tasking them with “impossible” feats. Catarina is a headstrong young woman who decides she will not marry her bullying father’s choice for a husband and singles out Benedict to ask to marry her (in name only and probably not legally back in London as they are in Portugal). As they are separated for 5 years, Catarina has since prospered with her own lace business in Spain and has become an independent woman of some means. However, she is being blackmailed by a villain to obtain an annulment from her husband and marry the villain’s son. Reunited, we’re able to see how the changes in both characters affect their new relationship development. As Catarina tries to convince Draven to grant the annulment, he in turn feels the need to protect her from harm and to possibly get to know his mysterious wife better. Another interesting and a bit more unusual caveat of the story is that there’s more of an age difference than the norm...I think roughly 15 years. And how both characters view that difference is also quite interesting. I enjoyed this one as I have its predecessors and especially liked the character of Draven, as he was a compassionate, caring man with lots of integrity. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book for review. The opinions here are strictly my own.
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    Loved the May-December Romance

    Catarina Neves has had trouble with men, first a cruel and domineering father who tried to marry her off to an abusive man, then Benedict Draven, the English officer she found to save her from that marriage during the war and who then abandoned her, and now she’s under the control of another domineering and abusive man who wants to take over her lacemaking business. She’s come to London to seek an annulment from Benedict, who had to leave her in Portugal during the war, but tried to find her after the war was over without success, and he’s not so sure he should grant her request. Benedict discovers the danger Catarina is in and since he can’t seem to forget the kiss they shared on their wedding day, he’s determined to convince her to stay and make their marriage real. Catarina has become an independent business woman, with her sister and several other women working for her. She’s not so sure that Benedict won’t become one more man who wants to take her independence away from her, but she remembers that kiss as well. I loved these two characters and really wanted things to work out for them. Benedict deserved some happiness after all the horrors of war and Catarina certainly could use a good man to share her life with who wouldn’t take advantage of her for their own ends. I loved that Catarina was strong and courageous enough to defend herself when she needed to, but found the right man who would support her in whatever she wanted to do as well.
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    A Great take on a lost love story

    I loved this book. There is a three chapter prologue at the beginning where we meet the hero and heroine. Even then, they are both strong willed and practical. When we meet them again later, the heroine is now a self made woman with her own business (yay). The hero is smart enough to be able to listen to the heroine when she is talking about her profession and not assume he knows more. The descriptions of the lace making were also interesting to me The "villain" is a little over the top, but not unbelievable enough to ever take me out of the story. In fact, I got so into the story I forgot I was reading it for review. I would recommend reading this book in order for this series as we see a lot of previous characters and the history in the other books help with the plot. I recieved a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
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    The story you've been waiting for

    For those of us who follow this series (as I do), Draven has always been a confirmed bachelor until his long lost wife popped up in a scene in the previous book. Since then I've been dying to know more about the Colonel so I was very much looking forward to this book and thrilled to receive an ARC. Colonel Benedict Draven has finally retired from the army and now works as a consultant for the Foreign Office and spends his free time at his club with the surviving members of the suicide squad he commanded during the Napoleonic Wars. Even after five years worth of war he still can't rid his mind of the fiery Portuguese woman he married (in name only) to save her from the abusive man her father had promised her to. Catarina Neves has used her skills at making lace and the independence afforded her by her married status to become a successful businesswoman. But eventually she finds herself in danger again and seeking out Benedict in London. She hasn't seen him since their hasty wedding in war-torn Portugal and he's never sought her out so she is shocked when he refuses to grant her the annulment she asks for. When he tells her that he did in fact try to find her after the war, she begins to wonder if she can truly come to know and trust him, maybe even enough to ask him for the help she really needs. I've always been so curious about Draven and I thought it was great to have a hero who is much older than the heroine but isn't content to act the part of the doddering old fool. He's still in good shape and he's very easygoing, but also strong, stubborn, and very protective of his own, which includes Cataraina. It was very refreshing. He's not even afraid to admit when he's wrong, a trait that endeared him to me early on. He's always been this stoic character moving in the background and quietly helping the other survivors with their happy endings so it's great to see him getting one himself. I loved that he was brutally honest and not willing to waste time on games or power plays. His blatant honesty was surprising given the mystery that has always surrounded his personal life in the previous books. It was just adorable to see Benedict actively courting Catarina and trying to get to know her. I loved the little pop-in moments featuring some of my favorite characters from previous books. We also meet a couple new characters whose stories I'm always salivating for. This was a very highly anticipated book for me and it did not disappoint. Each book is just so unique and each character so well-written. This is definitely one of my favorite series, I can't wait for more, and I'm already dreading its end. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own
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