Feb. 25, 2011 from The Wild Rose Press!
This is one of my all-time favorite books, so I'm so happy to see it published! It won so many contests and awards as an unpublished work that I lost count. But it's different. No ballrooms in this book- they're all in the past for these two.
Davina is a very strong character, but very hurt by a harsh life with a man who appreciated nothing but his own upward climb in society. And Savoury, a lost soul with a hunger for his lost heritage so buried even he didn't know it, has the softest, gentlest heart beneath all his rakishness. He is truly Davina's knight in tarnished armor, although never in her life would she have admitted to being the damsel in distress. Here's the back cover blurb we wrote for the book:
When the Ton's most infamous rake, Thomas Steynes, Viscount Savoury, is forced to retreat to his ancient, abandoned, family manor to redeem his wasted life, he comes upon a woman being tormented by village boys. Rushing to the rescue, he discovers his damsel in distress is instead the very viper-tongued harpy who hates him more than anyone else on earth.
Cast aside by her violent husband, the last thing Davina, Lady Wyckham, needs is an irkingly handsome knight in tarnished armor hell bent to rescue her. After her brutal marriage, all she wants is to be left alone, to support herself raising herbs to sell to apothecaries. And if she weren't ruined enough already, Savoury's attention can only bring more disaster.
Despite their intentions, true friendship and trust grow between them, and the attraction they had long denied begins to deepen. But behind their backs lurks a dark mystery that threatens them both. Only by uncovering and thwarting the sinister plot can they have a chance for survival and love.