Daphne Foliot has always known she’ll be married off to a man who, like her, descended from one of King Arthur’s fabled knights. That doesn’t mean she wants to be, even if it is her beloved father’s wish. Raised without a mother, she owes everything to the man who encouraged and funded her education and supports her dream of becoming the first female member of the Order of the Round Table. But when she suspects her chosen husband is a traitor to the Order, she plans to expose his treachery, regardless of their extraordinary mutual attraction.
Heir to the thirteen treasures of Britain, Gideon Kersey vows to do anything to protect his family’s legacy from a secret society bent on exploitingthe items for personal gain, including marry a woman he doesn’t love. Except she ignites a passion he was certain died with his first wife, and when the truth behind the Order’s objectives threatens everything Daphne knows, Gideon must fight to save her—and any future they hope to share.
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What an end to the series!
I’ll admit it took me a bit to get into the book at first–I’d been a while since I’d read book 3 ( Lord of Fortune –confession time, it’s the only other series book I’ve read so far, but that will change soon!) and I felt like I was playing catch up for a bit there, trying to remember what the deal was with the Order and Camelot and why people were so annoyed with Gideon. Once those series details were re-established in my brain, though, the story grabbed me and didn’t want to let go!
Ms. Burke did a fantastic job of keeping us on the edge of our seats with this one–there were honestly times I wasn’t 100% sure who could really be trusted, who believed what, and what choices the characters were really making. I knew what I wanted to be true, of course, but wasn’t entirely sure that was what was going on–she had both this reader and Gideon pretty darn upset for at least a little while there!
And then…phew! she brings Gideon and Daphne back together, and all looks hopeful for our heroes (who are so gosh darn good together and of course deserve all the good things!)
But just when you think things are going well and the end of their quest is in sight–boom! Ms. Burke hits you with another plot twist (and a series character reunion, to soften the blow…at least a little 😉 ) From that point on, you might as well not even pretend you’re able to put the book down and get something else done. Once I hit 80-something% I was pretty much good for nothing until I got to their HEA–and OMG, it was such a ride. I’m sorry to see the series end, but it was a heck of a way to go!
Though I’ll admit it is possible to just read this book and (eventually) figure out what you need to know about the series up to that point, the overarching series plot lines and changes that the characters go through along the way make this series an excellent choice for a binge read week (or weekend!) Those who have read some–or even better, all–of the other books before this one will get a lot more out of it. I know I’ll be going back ASAP to read the first two, and appreciate them all the more already knowing the very happy ending they’re all going to see in book four.
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.