Type: Historical Romance
My Copy: Sent
Olivia Townsend is in trouble and out of options. Pursued by a desperate man in search of a lost treasure, which she doesn’t have, she’s got only two things in her favor: her late husband’s diary, which she was never meant to see … and the man who was her first-and-only-love. Losing him broke her heart, though she’s been careful to hide it for the last ten years. But when he comes to her aid and vows to stand by her this time, no matter what, she can’t help but hope things will be different this time.
James Weston has blamed himself for letting Olivia down when she needed him years ago, and he will not do it again. Fortunately, his unusual life has equipped him well to outsmart the villain chasing Olivia. Unfortunately, being so near her again threatens to expose every secret in his heart…even those that should stay hidden forever.
This is the fourth book in a series I have enjoyed immensely. Not only are we privileged to finally get James and Olivia’s story we also get to see many returning characters and of course a starring role for our favorite pamphlet, 50 Ways to Sin.
Olivia was put in a precarious situation years ago when her father was desperate for money and although she told her family that her childhood love James, wanted to marry her, her father married her off before James could do anything about it. When her husband died she was suddenly all alone and at the mercy of a man who almost killed James’ sister Penelope. And although Lord Clary is on the run from authorities, he is still a threat to Olivia. Her husband was involved in smuggling and other illicit activities and Lord Clary is looking for a treasure he believes she has. The only clue is a diary of her husband’s that was mistakenly sent to her.
James grew up with Olivia; they were best friends who grew to be in love. They professed their love for each other and talked of marriage, but when she went home one evening, she found it was too late to save her father from debt and with James away, she was promised to another. James has felt guilty ever since. Now with his sister Penelope’s knowledge he is ready to step in and help the only woman he has ever loved and lost.
This has been an amazing series, it started with a scandal sheet entitled 50 Ways to Sin and I was happy to see that it all comes full circle with the pamphlet playing an important role in the end. We have met both James and Olivia in a previous book and I loved that their story is so intriguing with many twists and turns.
Olivia is a very likable heroine, by the time we met her she was a widow with a problem. Her husband was in debt and she has a villainous man after her, in fact he almost killed her best friend and husband while trying to find her. She is trying to make it on her own, hiding from Clary as best she can and trying to find out answers to what he wants and what her husband was up to. When James comes into the picture she is very grateful but worried about how he feels after all these years.
James is amazing, he has carried a feeling of guilt for letting Olivia down when she needed him most but when he finds she needs help now he jumps at the chance. They are so good together, working toward finding her nemesis and the mystery of who her husband really was. I also like how their chemistry never wavered; they found their attraction for each other was the same if not more after all these years.
The story is an adventure from beginning to end with mysteries, intrigue and danger around every corner. The pamphlet 50 Ways to Sin comes into play and I enjoyed how they use its popularity to deliberately plan their attack, and love the twist at the end, who is the real Lady C, and will someone else take up the reins, the epilog is interesting. I was pleased to see many previous characters sharing several scenes and how they help Olivia and although this is the fourth book it is still easily a standalone as the author keeps the reader well informed. This is a well done historical with twists and turns throughout to keep the reader on edge and it wraps things up nicely by the end.
I give Six Degrees of Scandal by Caroline Linden 4.25 stars!