Ash Turner has waited a lifetime to seek revenge on the man who ruined his family—and now the time for justice has arrived. At Parford Manor, he intends to take his place as the rightful heir to the dukedom and settle an old score with the current duke once and for all. But instead he finds himself drawn to a tempting beauty who has the power to undo all his dreams of vengeance….
Lady Margaret knows she should despise the man who's stolen her fortune and her father's legacy—the man she's been ordered to spy on in the guise of a nurse. Yet the more she learns about the new duke, the less she can resist his smoldering appeal. Soon Margaret and Ash find themselves torn between old loyalties—and the tantalizing promise of passion….
I had read the second in this series first and had to get my hands on this first one. And I am so glad I did.
Ash's story is intense and full of misery but he takes his life and makes the best of it and gets revenge for the death of his sister and the horrible lives his brothers had as children due to his relations lack of assistance and caring, the Duke of Parford. On his arrival to the Parford Manor he sees Margaret, who he's told is the old Duke's Nurse, but in reality is his daughter and is there to spy on Ash to find faults to help her brothers win an act in Parliament to prevent Ash from becoming the Duke and marking all of the current Dukes children Bastards. You see, the old Duke married very young and his parents didn't approve so they sent the woman to America and he married again an had children, in effect becoming a Bigamist.
This story is a typical two people who are 'enemies' fall in love. BUT there are some great differences that make this a great book to read. I absolutely LOVE the ending and I loved seeing Margaret bloom into the self assured woman she ended up becoming. I also enjoyed seeing Mark, Ash's younger brother, especially since I had already read his story. Which I can tell you is great!