My rating: 4 stars / I really liked it
Desperate to protect her father from trial and death, Genevieve breaks off her engagement with Christian Amesbury and marries a blackmailer. After a year of marriage, she flees her husband's violent domination only to have fate bring her back to Christian. Just when she thinks she's started a new life of safety and solitude, her husband tracks her down, stalks her, and threatens everyone she loves.
Still brokenhearted over Genevieve's betrayal a year ago, Christian can't believe she's come back into his life--and worse, that she's done it on the anniversary of his brother's death, a death that haunts him. Though tempted to throw her back into the river where he found her, he can't leave her at the mercy of the terrifying man she married.
When her husband torments Genevieve and puts the Amesbury family in danger, Christian will do anything to protect those he loves...anything except give Genevieve another chance to break his heart.
I really felt for Christian in this book. He has always tried to do his best and live up to the expectations of his parents, but suffers from heartbreak and rejection. I can't imagine the difficulty of Genevieve's decision in throwing aside the love of her life to atone for her father's mistakes and sacrificing herself to a known abuser. The situation that throws Genevieve back into Christian's life tests his patience, heart, and moral code. I felt conflicted in rooting for the couple since she is still married to the villain and any romantic relationship that developed between them would lead to adultery, so the resolution leading to their happy ending is a bit predictable. Once again we witness the loyalty of the Amesbury brothers and family as they support each other despite some sibling rivalry. Not my favorite of the Rogue Hearts series but it was still an enthralling read.
(Thank you to Loving the Book Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)