"I'm not romantic, Ainsley. I just want you with me."
He is a man of simple tastes—and complex pleasures...
Cameron Mackenzie is a man who loves only horses and women—in that order—or so his mistresses say.
Ainsley Douglas is a woman with a strong sense of justice and the desire to help others—even if that means sneaking around a rakish man's bedchamber.
Which is exactly where Cam finds her—six years after he caught her the first time. Only then, she convinced Cam she was seeking a liaison, but couldn't go through with it because of her husband. Now a widow, she's on a mission to retrieve letters that could prove embarrassing to the queen. Cam has no interest in Ainsley's subterfuge, but he vows to finish what they started those many years ago. One game, one kiss at a time, he plans to seduce her. And what starts out as a lusty diversion may break Cam's own rules—and heal the scars of a dark and damaging past...
Hells yes. I loved, loved, loved this story.
Cameron is by far the most dark and damaged of the brothers we've met so far (Ian was first, then Mac in the 2nd book.) He's been hurt so badly in the past, and lord knows I love me some tortured hero.
When it comes to tortured heroes, I always want them to have someone wonderful, and Ms Ashley gives us all that in one glorious package when she gives Cameron: Ainsley.
Loved Ainsley. She's also had her fair share of hurt and disappointment, and it's caused her to retreat in on herself and become... bland. She dresses bland, she acts bland, she's helpful and accommodating and overall very nice. But Cameron sees the fire in her, and the adventure she craves, and they are just amazing for each other.
Daniel! My how that boy is growing up - I can't wait to read his story further down the track!
It has Ian.
It has animals! Horses, even. I loves me some animal plotlines, and I loved everything about Cam and his horses.
Overall, I just really loved the depth to this story, and the glorious layers of it all. Gah. Perfect!
Knowing what an amazing heroine Ainsley was, deep down, it did get a little frustrating seeing her run around in such dowdy, mourning clothes. I just wanted to see her flourish, and I got impatient for that.
Also, OMG, how much of an asshole was Cameron's first wife? Super stoked that one died.
I'd read this again, and again, forever. I loved this story so hard.