William Graves is the last of Feagan’s scoundrels. A onetime grave robber turned royal physician, he has devoted his life to saving others—because he knows there is no way to save himself. Especially not around a lady like Winnie. Though undeserving of her touch, he cannot resist. His passion cannot be tamed…even in the face of certain danger.
Winnie, the Duchess of Avendale, never knew peace until her brutal husband died. With William she’s discovered burning desire—and the healing power of love. But now, confronted by the past she thought she’d left behind, Winnie must face her fears…or risk losing the one man who can fulfill all her dreams.
With the last book of the Scoundrels of St James, we have William Graves, a physician of the Queen and one of Feagans’ children. As a young boy, he helped his father rob graves and steal bodies for the next coin. He was never afraid of the dead, often comfortable around them, later in his life he attended school to the thanks of the Old Earl of Claybourne to become a physician.
Three years ago, Winnie, Duchess of Avendale, was brought to him in bad condition, practically on deaths door, from a beating received by her possessive brutal husband, the Duke of Avendale. William patched her up the best he could, sitting by her side boosting her spirits as she healed. Feagan’s lads – Luke, Jack, James, and Bill couldn’t stand by the abuse Winnie suffered by the hands of Avendale, so they fake his death in a house fire, sending him off to New Zealand as a prisoner for common labor. Winnie is finally at peace and free from her prison, she is able to live again without constantly being under scrutiny, criticism, and the brute force of her late husband that she notices an attraction to the wonderful man whom she owes her life. Even though Winnie is a small fragile woman, William’s size does not frighten her, she feels safe around him, her golden haired angel would never harm her.
William has cred for Winnie ever since that horrid night brought her into his life. While he is her doctor, he cannot be anything more, he is a commoner, she is a Duchess, plus he is afraid that his secrets would drive her away, so he settles for friendship … that is until weird bizarre mysterious things start to happen to Winnie. Her things are randomly misplaced, disappearing and later reappearing in other locations, plus she is noticing odd scents that she only associated with her late husband. Is she going mad or is the late Duke of Avendale back from the dead?
This was a quick read, a mere 130 pages, which I didn’t mind as this book closed up the series. Avendale was a crazed deranged man who loved to beat his wife for the heck of it. He deserved his due and I am happy that Winnie found someone to be good to her. After finishing this series, I cannot wait to start the Scandalous Gentlemen of St James, as it is a continuation of this series of some sorts, staring the Scoundrels of St James children.