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- Publisher: SK Publishing, LLC (November 22, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 22, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M8MGII8
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For Love and Country (Brothers in Arms Book 13) Kindle Edition
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I have loved this series since the beginning. Rich, engaging characters, hot sexy heroes and heroines as well as crisply written plots. I can't say I've always like Sir Barnabas - he has not always been a nice guy but I was eager to see how the author 'handled' him, so to speak.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The pace is perfect, the cast of characters is strong, sympathetic and they are very well crafted.
This book is wonderful. If you've enjoyed this series so far, don't hesitate.l She doesn't disappoint. I just hope there will be more!
Sir Barnabas James was known for being a cold, manipulative bastard. He hated society so much that he didn’t use his courtesy title of Earl even though it could open doors for him. As a spymaster, he was one of the most feared men in London. Spending his life orchestrating movements of the secret service at the home office, he trusted no one and shunned personal attachments.
Lord Ambrose Wetherald was the perfect gentleman. Perfectly groomed, perfect manners, perfect posture, and perfect conversation. He was always polite, adhered to society’s rules, and was a champion of women and underprivileged children. He was even a virgin, saving himself for marriage. As an orator and politician, he was often on opposite sides with Barnabas in the House of Lords.
Melinda de Vere was the youngest daughter of Viscount Masonby. As a child, she’d been spoiled, told how beautiful she was, and she’d believed it. She would have been the toast of London but she threw those chances away on one stupid escapade and brief affair after another. It wasn’t long before all her friends and suitors had lost interest and avoided her. After this, her parents washed their hands of her and handed her off to Lord de Vere, a criminal, cruel man who wanted an introduction to society. When his marriage to Melinda failed to open doors for him, he thought to use and punish her, shackling her in a brothel and allowing his business acquaintances to use her.
When Ambrose approached Barnabas for help with a personal matter, Barnabas was hesitant. Ambrose often voted against provisions Barnabas had lobbied for. Barnabas thought Ambrose was naïve and had no idea what it took to keep England from descending into chaos. Ambrose explained what he knew of the heinous treatment of Melinda de Vere and wanted Barnabas to help rescue her. Barnabas agreed to help but with the stipulation that Ambrose would owe him. That could possibly play in his favor in the Lords. So Barnabas, Ambrose, and Simon Gantry planned Melinda’s rescue. Neither man was prepared for what they found though when they entered the room the brothel’s employees called “the torture chamber”. The thin, dainty woman was filthy, covered in bruises and welts, and was shackled to the bed. It angered the men to know she’d suffered like this for weeks. They took Melinda and kept her at Barnabas’s home where she would be safe, vowing to see her husband dead.
After months of recovery, Mel was tired of the worried stares and whispers. She couldn’t control her emotions and wasn’t sure where she belonged any more. Barnabas didn’t coddle her though. He was honest and direct with her. Barnabas offered Mel the position of housekeeper which would allow her to remain in his home and also give him time to find out who her husband’s colleagues were who had used her. Barnabas intended to destroy them as well. In addition, he could teach her to defend herself when she did leave. Ambrose wasn’t happy with the arrangement arguing that having Mel work as a housekeeper was beneath her station. So Barnabas felt it was time to remind Ambrose of the tit for tat agreement they’d made. Ambrose wasn’t expecting the proposition Barnabas presented to him though. In exchange for Mel’s protection, self-defense lessons, and her position in his household, Ambrose would be his lover for as long as Barnabas desired it. Ambrose was a virgin, had never entertained the notion of sodomy. Why would this man who opposed him at every turn even want him? They were adversaries, not bedfellows. Yet Ambrose was intrigued by the idea of being Barnabas’s lover. The thought of it aroused, shocked, and embarrassed him. Yet when Barnabas touched him, he awakened something in Ambrose he’d rather stay dormant. Barnabas’s touch should have been unpleasant, but it was divine.
From her bedroom below the master’s rooms, each night Mel listened to Ambrose and Barnabas in the heat of passion. A passion she’d never known. And it angered her that she’d never experienced that. Passion, desire, satisfaction, affection. Soon that was all she could think of when she was with the two men. Barnabas promised Mel that he and Ambrose could help her feel all those things. She trusted them and she wanted it. “She wanted to feel what she’d been seeking as a young woman and been denied as a wife.”
And so the relationship began, and it was more than they had imagined. Ambrose wanted both Mel and Barnabas with an intensity that shocked him. He no longer wanted to be alone. For Mel, “shame had been her constant companion” since she was rescued, but there was no shame here. With Mel and Ambrose, Barnabas could do what he wanted rather than what was expected or required. Every moment of his life “had been for king and country, but these moments with Mel and Ambrose had nothing to do with England and everything to do with his heart”. But as their relationship intensifies, they are faced with doubts. Barnabas knew his life left no room for attachments and that he would have to let them go. Perhaps he was just meant to be the catalyst that brought Mel and Ambrose together. Mel worried about what her past would do to Barnabas and Ambrose’s government positions. After the unspeakable things de Vere had done to her, she felt unworthy of their love. And she did love them. They could never turn this liaison into a home. Can they work out their fears and insecurities to make a life together? And can they work it out before de Vere carries out his devious plans?
Samantha Kane never fails to deliver a heightened version of an already great genre. The suspense element gives the story a fast paced appeal, and the developing relationship is hot. Barnabas was a manipulative bastard. But in a good way. The way he slowly brought Mel and Ambrose into the relationship was delicious. All three entered a relationship that they’d never envisioned for themselves, and they were transformed for the better because of it.
I loved the involvement of Simon in the story and the insinuation that his story is to follow. Simon has always been my favorite and I can’t wait to see him find his happily ever after. Brothers in Arms is my favorite historical series. Samantha Kane can’t write them fast enough for me. If you love historical romance with passionate, sensual, strong characters, a rich, poignant story, and well researched time period, you will quickly become addicted to this series. Samantha Kane is one of those authors that no matter what book you pick up, if it’s hers, you are guaranteed to love it. A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection.