Author: Samantha Holt
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: The Rogues of Redmere Series (Book One)
Format: ebook via The Romance Reviews
Synopsis: Red never shies away from a challenge.
But when Miss Hannah St. John strides into his life demanding—yes, demanding—he help her, he’s certain she’s more challenge than even he can handle.
Hannah is determined to transport an artifact from France—one that will change everything—even if it means working with a lawless man like Red. Nothing is more important than preserving history.
Not even the touch of a smuggler who inconceivably makes her stomach twist.
When it becomes clear the irritating bluestocking will do anything for this blasted artifact and needs saving from herself, the earl-turned-smuggler steps in.
Carting a cursed stone across the country with a know-it-all woman is not Red’s idea of fun, particularly when their journey runs far from smoothly…so why does he find himself enjoying her company just a little too much?
When you're not looking for love but love finds you...
Hannah is need of a ship to retrieve a priceless artifact stone that she must deliver to London. When her father sends her to a smuggler for assistance, she expects he will jump at the chance to earn some extra coin. Unfortunately, he doesn't.
Red is a smuggler by choice, not necessity. The earl is aiding in the war efforts, undercover. So when a beautiful woman asks for his help, he doesn't want or need her money. However, turning her away sends her right into the clutches of an actual crook. To keep her from being taken advantage of, he finally agrees to help her get the stone to London.
The road is paved with difficulties. Wagons stuck in the mud, abandoned inns, bouts of sickness, and obnoxious travel companions are just a few of the problems that our couple run into along the way. But when the trip nears an end, Red and Hannah discover that they may not want to let the other one go.
I think I read this story in about four hours. No kidding. I was immediately drawn to the characters and their very different personalities. Hannah was independent and determined to see her task through. Red was reserved and stubborn. They both had to battle their own set ways to accommodate caring for someone else.
The romance was slow burning and what a fun burn it was. I enjoyed watching the pair fighting against their instincts to want one another. The twists and turns on the journey made me chuckle, too. The whole cursed stone theory was entertaining.
I hope there will be more to come in this series! Four suns!