World of de Wolfe Pack: Trusting the Wolfe (Kindle Worlds Novella) (The Seven Curses of London) Kindle Edition
"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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I am not really a fan of heroes (or heroines) who have been in love before and lost that love - I always feel like the new love interest is getting less than they deserve. In this book - Marcus lost his wife, she was his childhood sweetheart and his best friend. He knows he has to remarry and have an heir - but he doesn't want love, he thinks his heart died with Mary. He is shocked when he has feelings for Tessa. He also feels like he is betraying Mary and decides that he can't marry Tessa - that he will keep her as his mistress.
Tessa has been hurt by her father - he left her penniless when he died and if not for her aunt - she would have been homeless. She tries very hard to help other girls learn to have a marketable skill so they don't end up in workhouses or brothels. She meets Marcus when she finds him wounded and barely alive in an alley. He calls her his angel and begs her to take care of his wounds. She stitches up his cuts and goes to get help.
They meet again weeks later while Marcus is investigating some oddities on his ship and Tessa is trying to keep one of her girls from being duped. They work together to save the girls and one thing leads to another and they become lovers. When Marcus suggests that Tessa become his mistress, she refuses and leaves him.
They both decide that they need to speak to the other and bare their souls -but before that can happen, the villain takes Tessa hostage and Marcus must save the woman he now knows he loves.
This was a very fast moving, well written book with a little angst, a bit of spice and a very sweet ending.
I thought Marcus, who is still struggling with the death of his wife, and Tessa, whose father left their family nearly impoverished, both had compelling stories. In the process of finding each other and the complicated path that takes, I felt I saw them both grow and transcend above their hurt and preconceived notions of each other to become better and happier people together.
I definitely recommend this as a fun and satisfying read!