Synopsis: When Helen Banks’ twin brother gambles away their fortune, she decides to save his life and take his place in a duel to satisfy the honor of a man her brother couldn’t pay. Disguised as her brother, Helen faces the one man she’s admired from afar, a widower with a dark past and eyes that scorch her very soul. Since Gareth Fairfax lost his wife, the darkness in his heart continues to grow. Lashing out at anyone who opposes him, Gareth is stunned to face a lovely young woman opposite his dueling pistol. After discovering Helen’s deception, he offers her a choice: become his mistress or her brother dies. Their devil’s bargain turns into a slow, sweet, intoxicating seduction. With each passing hour, Helen uncovers Gareth’s secret heartbreak and yet she can’t help but fall for the man who has ruined her. With Helen in his arms, Gareth wonders if he might yet be saved. All it takes is one passionate embrace, a kiss from the depths of his soul and a night of wild abandon.
Helen has a huge heart and sacrifices daily for her twin brother Martin. She would do anything for him and does the ultimate sacrifice of going with Gareth to his home unchaperoned. She is the kind of loving woman who could reach the jaded heart of man who has sunk into depression after a tragic loss. I liked Helen and was glad that in the end she realizes that her brother has to be responsible. She wasn’t a push over but she did put value in others over herself. Anyone who likes historical romance, will enjoy this novella. Caution: Some steamy love scenes.