With most historical romances series, I rarely feel like I’ve missed something when I jump in with a later installment. Here, I have to say that starting out with the fourth book in the Secrets in Silk series, there was no doubt I was coming into a story in progress. Even though each book has its own HEA, there was obviously a lot of history in play, both in the romance and the larger story arc.
Though I obviously don’t like feeling lost, I think I’m safe in saying that my lack of history with the heroine isn’t entirely a bad thing. I think if I would have had much exposure to Margaret as she was at the beginning of this book, I would have wanted nothing to do with reading her story. She was everything I hate most in a HR heroine. She is prim and proper, focused on class and money, and she can’t even see a good thing when it’s staring her right in the face.
That good thing is Cain Sinclair. And he has loved Margaret the 10 years that he has known her. So when she comes to him with a desperate plan to save her missing sister, he drops everything to help her. The two ride off together, knowing that it will likely damage Margaret’s reputation beyond repair.
Obviously, Margaret is attracted to Cain, but for much of the book, she considers life in seclusion as a valid alternative to a life with him. Cain is a really solid guy. He loves Margaret. He is good looking. Sexy. Sincere. And he literally would walk through fire for her. BUT SECLUSION MAY BE A BETTER ALTERNATIVE. Because she is that wrapped up in the trappings of society. This made me really struggle to like her.
Things do get better and the story progresses past their road trip. I did end up liking Margaret more, but then Cain started mucking things up a bit. Generally, I like Michelle Willingham books, but this is not my favorite from her. It had some good sexy times and a satisfying ending. Plus, Cain was a pretty good hero. I didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t love it.
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Unlaced by the Outlaw
by Michelle Willingham
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Publisher: Montlake Romance