A unique and different story. A decoy bride, one who looks similar to the actual bride, will be attired in the same gown and sent in a separate carriage towards the church while the bride will be traveling another route. New Forest is a dangerous place with highwaymen who will attack carriages to claim brides, some come with larger dowries, but most decoy brides are poor.
This story kept me on the edge of my seat as the harrowing events unfold when the two carriages are both attacked. Violet is the decoy, and Francis Atwell has been sent by her guardian to protect her. For Violet, it is a matter of life and death with the vile men who captured the decoy brides and forced them into a hunted game. For Violet and Francis, it is a matter of life and death survival.
The plot of this story is fascinating and the scenes playing out are intense. It isn’t a pretty picture, including kill or be killed situations. The characters are well developed and the plot twist, are unlike any other story I’ve read. When Francis tells Violet, “I will fight to my death to protect you,” they are not just words, he backs it with action. I think the hero and heroine are both clever and because of being thrust into this unusual situation, it adds to the passion. Every girl needs a man like Francis that doesn’t just talk the talk, he puts action into his words, feelings and makes it physical. Warning, this story does contain graphic violence, attempted rape and detailed sex scenes