Published by Lyrical Press on October 25th 2016
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Seek, and love will find...
All Marcus Granton wants is to be left alone to lick his wounds after the humiliating scandal of his wife’s death in another man’s bed. Secluded in his moldering seaside estate on the cliffs of the Black Sea, he suddenly finds himself host to Lady Lilian Martin, one small child, and an annoying cache of servants all bent on ruining his solitude. Seems the lady got herself into a bit of a pickle and is accused of murder, of all things. Now she must rely on him for protection—and to keep his thoughts and hands away from her delectable body.
Lilian has no intention of spending any more time with the insufferable Lord Marcus Granton than she has to. But at every turn, circumstances force her into his company, and by the time she truly makes her escape, it's far too late for her...and her heart.
Praise for the novels of Jane Goodger“Fun, delightfully romantic—and sexy.” —Sally MacKenzie on The Spinster Bride
“A touching, compassionate, passion-filled romance.” —RT Book Reviews on A Christmas Waltz
¬¬Reviewed by AnnMarie¬¬
Lady Lost by Jane Goodger is the third book in her Lost Heiresses series. I haven’t previously read any books by this author, but after reading this one, I am sure I will. Although this is part of a series, it can easily be read as a stand alone story.
Lady Lillian Martin finds herself on the run, accused of a murder she didn’t commit. She knows the evidence is stacked against her and has no wish to hang. She runs off, poorly dressed, with only a small amount of money, and carries on running. She runs until she is at the point of collapse and when that happens she is on the side of a road that a gentleman’s carriage is travelling.
Marcus Granton leads the life of a recluse, doing his best to get over his wife’s betrayal and society’s knowledge that she died in the bed of one of her lovers. He lives with only 2 members of staff in his huge home, and just like Greta Garbo, wants to be alone! Unfortunately it is his carriage that is on the road where Lillian has collapsed. He isn’t at all happy about it, but knows he must take her to his home, get her warmed up, fed, and then hopefully send her on her way again immediately. He wants no newcomers in his home, or in his life.
Of course for one reason and another Lillian ends up staying much longer than anticipated. Not only that, but a small girl is brought to his house, a child he realises he is responsible for at least until her father can be located. Marcus finds himself hiring extra staff, having to spend time with the two new females in his life, and the more time he is with them, the more he has to convince himself he wants his life back the way it was. He is forever reminding Lillian that she has to leave. Forever reminding himself that the young girl is not his daughter.
Can Marcus and Lillian have a future together, they certainly have a lot of passion building between them, passion that neither want to act on. And what of the little girl, will Marcus end up getting attached to her, or is he determined to send her on her way too? All this is going on while Lillian is still wanted for murder, will she risk telling Marcus what happened, if she does, will he believer her innocent, or will he turn her in? Will she always have to be on the run? And who did murder the person in question?
I loved this story, the emotions between Lillian and Marcus were so full on, and when they do eventually give in to their passion it is written so beautifully, and very sensually, it was just perfect. I also loved the murder mystery side of the story. I had no idea who did the deed until very close to the end when said person causes grievous harm to two of the characters in the story that get too close to figuring out his identity as the murderer. It’s all very emotional, I was close to tears a couple of times, it’s all very believable, and I 100% recommend this book. I can’t fault it at all.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.