The truth behind the hero
Officer Jack Trestain may have been one of Wellington’s most valued code-breakers, but since Waterloo, he’s hung up his uniform. If only he could just as easily put aside the tortured memories he carries deep within… Perhaps enchanting French artist Celeste Marmion might be the distraction he so desperately craves?
Except Celeste harbors secrets of her own, and questions that she needs Jack’s help to solve! With Celeste’s every touch an exquisite temptation, how close can Jack get without revealing his darkest secret of all?
This is the second full-length Marguerite Kaye book I’ve read, and I enjoyed this one more. I liked that both characters were a little imperfect and rough around the edges. Life had taken them both down some dark paths, so nobody was wide-eyed and innocent.
Both characters in The Soldier’s Dark Secret seemed like real people, not just romance clichés. I liked that they were a bit worldly, and had all kinds of issues going on in their personal lives.
Something that I struggle with a little with this author’s writing is that the focus is so tightly, narrowly on the hero and heroine that it sometimes feels a bit claustrophobic. I tend to wish we could pull back a bit and see more of the world they’re living in, as almost all of the scenes feature hero and heroine alone. For me, usually a romance (especially a full-length book) needs to have “more” going on than just the romance itself.
I did like this book, however. I read it over the Christmas season, and while I didn’t exactly race through it, I did like the tone, the characters and the slightly less perfect take on a very popular era.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.