Lyle is living with Rochelle while he gets his life together, and he’s thrilled to hear about his sister’s new job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy. Returning from a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend, she finds Lyle dead with a syringe in his lap, and Eve’s investigation confirms that this wasn’t just another OD. After all his work to get clean, Lyle’s been pumped full of poison—and a neighbor with a peephole reports seeing a scruffy, pink-haired girl fleeing the scene.
Now Eve and Roarke must venture into the gang territory where Lyle used to run, and the ugly underground world of tattoo parlors and strip joints where everyone has taken a wrong turn somewhere. They both believe in giving people a second chance. Maybe even a third or fourth. But as far as they’re concerned, whoever gave the order on Lyle Pickering’s murder has run out of chances...
She needs the legendary freedom fighter to rescue her imprisoned brother. Instead, she is forced into an arranged marriage of political expediency. Her bridegroom is Rory Forbes, an aristocrat loyal to the crown. A coward at the Battle of Culloden. A traitor to his own people.
To the world he is a fop and wastrel who lives solely for his own pleasure. But the new Marquis of Braemoor harbors a dangerous secret he must keep hidden at all costs. Bethia is the wild card, arousing treacherous desire that could doom Rory’s mission and imperil her life. Sworn to protect her, the most wanted man in Scotland must fight his greatest battle to win the heart of the one woman he desires above all others: his wife.
Named “Storyteller of the Year” by the Romantic Times, Patricia Potter introduces one of her most irresistible heroes, and offers “well-drawn, memorable characters [and] compelling action,” in the first book in her enthralling Scottish trilogy that continues with The Heart Queen and The Diamond King (Library Journal).