About the Story:
In this emotional and powerfully sensual tale of love and redemption, a tender vicar’s daughter and a tortured war hero discover that sin may be their only salvation.
When Mary Smith’s corrupt, debt-ridden brother drags her to a seedy pub to sell her virtue to the highest bidder, Alasdair Thornham leaps to the rescue. Of course the marquess is far from perfect husband material. Although he is exceedingly handsome, with a perfect, strong body, chiseled jaw, and piercing green eyes, Alasdair is also too fond of opium, preferring delirium to reality. Still, he has come to Mary’s aid, and now she intends to return the favor. She will show him that he is not evil, just troubled. Mary was a damsel in need of a hero, but Alasdair’s plan is shortsighted. He never foresaw her desire to save him from himself. Alasdair is quite at home in his private torment, until this angel proves that a heart still beats in his broken soul. The devil may have kept her from hell, but will Mary’s good intentions lead them back to the brink—or to heaven in each other’s arms?
My Thoughts: From the first sentence, reader, there was no going back.
“She’s a virgin, gentlemen. And she’ll be sold to the highest bidder.”
Ms. Frampton knows how to capture the reader’s attention. The riveting plot quickly forms. She gets to the point and that’s the kind of read I love. We find our hero, Alastair, either extremely drunk, or doped. His honor is still intact, however, and he steps up to the plate to save this girl from more than losing her virginity. The men in the tavern are dirty, uncouth men. He could not BUT do it, however much he loved sinking into his own form of heaven. Immediately we see two individuals fighting their own demons. Mary, a Scot, is being sold by her half-brother to the highest bidder in a tavern and Alastair, who would rather live in a stupor than face his demons outright.
“She needed rescuing. And he was the furthest thing from a knight in shining armor anyone could possibly imagine.”
Alastair didn’t want to be a hero. He just wanted to be numb, unfeeling. He wanted pure, unadulterated oblivion from his inner self and guilt. But once he decided he must save her, save her he did.
This was a delightful story where the saved saves and where honor in its purest form goes beyond understanding. Mary is everything and more than Alastair needed to turn his life around. She’s a great character, full of spirit, intelligence, and purity with just the right amount of naughty sexual curiosity which captivates Alastair, not easily, mind you, but he is drawn in, hook, line and sinker.
Well written, extremely engaging and entirely captivating with a hero with an addiction problem. Megan Frampton writes a persuasive, character driven story. This is my first read of one of her books, and it won’t be the last. What a pleasure to find once again, an author who takes me on an adventure of passion, suspense and honor.
Who doesn’t love to meet the person behind the book?
About the Author: (from her website) Megan Frampton’s love affair with books began when her gormless parents (not an ounce of gorm between them. And let’s not even mention feck) moved her to a remote town in New Hampshire where there was only one television station.
And then the TV broke.
She devoured every book of fiction in her well-read parents’ library, finding special joy in Barbara Cartland (she was young, remember), Georgette Heyer, C.S. Lewis, Anya Seton and the fairy tales collected and translated by Andrew Lang.
Megan majored in English literature at Barnard College with a double minor in political science and religion. She worked in the music industry for 15 years, editing and writing music reviews for a music industry trade magazine. Eventually, she became the Editor-in-Chief and went on to develop music industry conference programs.
Megan married one of her former interns and lives in Brooklyn, NY, with him and her son. Now that she stays at home, Megan has returned to reading and writing the fiction that was her first love. She is a member and President of the Beau Monde (2004-2005), the Regency chapter of the Romance Writers of America, and a member of the NYC chapter of the RWA as well.