Finally, we read about Dr. Graves and the true reason he became fascinated with being a physician. This novella is a short and sweet story about Dr. William Graves and Winnifred, the Duchess of Avendale who we meet in In Bed with the Devil (Scoundrels of St. James #1). She is Catherine Mabry’s friend who was abused by her husband, the Duke of Avendale. This story starts a couple of years after Avendale was found “dead” (the reason for this can be read in In Bed with the Devil).
In this story, Winnie has finally found confidence and courage and of course, she is fighting her attraction to Dr. William Graves, who took care of her when she was at death’s door. Winnie doesn’t know that the Duke is not actually dead but was sent to the colonies (Australia, I believe) and she thinks that the Duke is haunting her. Naturally, the gang steps up and helps guard Winnie without actually telling her that the Duke is not dead. A showdown between William and the Duke of Avendale happens at the end which results in William Graves being shot and Winnie killing the Duke.
I loved the story. It was short but packed with a lot of thrills and romance. I loved reading about Winnie finding her courage, confidence, and strength. William is not my fave character but in this book, he was interesting. I thought both him and Winnie were an awesome pair.