London's Little Season has never been so scandalous
It's the kind of vow often made on the battlefield. Darby Travers, Viscount Nailbourne, never imagines he'll have to honor it. Yet here she is on his doorstep—his late comrade's young daughter, and Darby's new ward. Worse, she comes with the most overprotective, mistrustful, bothersome chaperone—the child's aunt, Sadie Grace Boxer. Darby is quite sure that behind her lovely facade, the woman is guarding a secret.
Sadie Grace faced many trials working in her brother's surgery, but none prepared her for the world she's thrust into with his passing. Navigating the ton, with its endless ball gowns and parade of parties, is difficult enough, but hiding the truth about her niece while the sophisticated viscount watches her every move proves nearly impossible—particularly when his searing gaze tempts her to bare all. But when her family's past catches up with her, she'll have to trust in Darby…no matter the cost to her heart.
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Ms. Michaels is one of my favorite authors in the historical romance genre. She is known for her strong heroines and sexy heroes. A RECKLESS PROMISE continues along the same vein but it really felt watered down this time around. The tension that gripped the reader while enjoying the earlier books just wasn't there this time around. Probably because it had really been resolved within the first chapter.
That being said, I rather enjoyed this book because of the characters. I loved checking in on Vivian, Darby and Clarice. Sadie is a nice addition to that wacky bunch. However if this had been the first book that I had read of this series, I would have been disappointed.
I do recommend A RECKLESS PROMISE to my readers who have read the earlier books in this series. If not, I would give this one a pass.