5 of 5 stars
I was looking forward to reading Colin and Daphne's story and Ms. Galen does not disappoint. She has written a intriguing, compelling and complex story. Lady Daphne, daughter of the Duke of Warcliffe, married Colin Fitzroy 7 years ago and she has been disappointed ever since Colin disappeared the day after a disastrous wedding night. Now that he's back from the war, she expected him to reunite with her, but she's afraid that he'll continue to ignore her and she's running out of excuses why her husband isn't joining her at the ton events. Colin has issues expressing himself and with feelings ever since he was a young child so he stays away from Daphne to protect himself from having to confront long buried emotions. Can they finally come together and heal their emotional wounds to be able to live as husband and wife?
Throughout the war, Colin was known as "The Pretender" for his ability to blend in and not be noticed as he gathered intel. Ms. Galen does a great job slowly teasing out why Colin is so uncomfortable talking about "feelings." There's plenty of sexual attraction between these two, but sex is not a full relationship for Daphne. She wants her husband to love her. In addition to the main story of these two's compatibility, there is the "trouble" that Daphne has found herself embroiled in with Lord Battersea. I liked Daphne's tenacity in trying to resolve her problem on her own. She's brave and clever, but only when she works with Colin can they find a final solution. The plot moves along nicely with no sluggish parts. There is a lot of sex in this book so reader beware if you don't prefer that. I'm looking forward to reading the next story in the series.
I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy and all opinions are my own.