Brought up by her perverted step-mother all a young woman wants to do is escape her tortured existence. When a soldier captured during the Napoleonic war is sold into slavery and given to her as a gift she can’t think of a way to set him free which won’t jeopardise her own escape plans. Eventually an opportunity presents itself and she flees, letting him loose in the process.
Later, safely back on English soil, the former slave and mistress unexpectedly cross paths. He is determined to make her pay for his humiliation, not realizing that from their shared pain will spring a love so strong it can wipe away a life time of hurt.
Dark romance is very hard to find and this historical fits the bill nicely.
There were a couple of points that I didn’t understand, such as: why does the hero, once re-established in his old aristocratic life, not go back to France to seek revenge against the woman who wronged him? Why does he set his sights on his fellow victim, the only person who ever showed him an inkling of kindness during his enslavement and eventually not only set him free but gave him all she had to improve his chances of escape?
But if you can overlook these things the story was reasonably enjoyable. Not a bad first novel. I will be looking out for more of this author’s works.-Lynn