This book consists of two stories.
The Soldier’s Dark Secret (story #1 of the Comrades In Arms series) is a Regency romance. It opens in England in 1815. Jack Trestain has recently resigned his army commission and is staying with his brother’s family at Trestain Manor. Jack is suffering from recurring nightmares caused during his time with the Duke of Wellington in the Napoleonic wars.
Celeste Marmion is a French landscape artist. She has come to England to paint some pieces for Jack’s brother and to find answers to a family mystery. Estranged from her family for most of her life, Celeste’s late mother left her a letter hinting at family relatives that Celeste has never known.
Celeste is just the distraction that Jack needs, and he offers to help her search out answers. She has few clues; just a locket and a ring.
Once Celeste has finished her painting, they travel to France on the trail of lost relations. The search has a healing effect on both of them as their feelings for each other increase. This was an easy read, in places a little predictable but still a pleasant historical romance.
The Soldier’s Rebel Lover (story #2 of the Comrades In Arms series) is a Regency romance. This story is mainly set in Spain and begins in 1813 during the Napoleonic Wars.
Finley Urquhart is on a reconnaissance mission when he meets a member of a partisan group. Shocked to find it’s a woman, he’s impressed when she eventually discloses her link to the famed rebel known as The Ghost or El Fantasma.
Two years later, the war is over, but loose ends need tying. El Fantasma is a thorn in Spain’s side; he speaks out against the elite rulers and King Ferdinand wants him silenced. Word of the crackdown on former partisans has reached England. The Duke of Wellington is concerned about the sensitive information that the rebel leader might leak, if captured. He too wants El Fantasma silenced.
Finley is sent back to Spain. He starts his search by following leads to the rebel woman he met. When he does find her, he’s shocked by the secrets she keeps, but the pair must move fast as the Spaniards are hot on their trail.
There’s a lovely Spanish vineyard setting for much of this story of romance and rebellion. A solid second book in this series.
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Which will it be hero or rebel?
The Soldier’s Dark Secret
If only Jack Trestain could easily put aside the tortured memories he carries deep within… Perhaps Celeste Marmion might be the distraction he so desperately craves? With Celeste’s every touch an exquisite temptation, how close can Jack get without revealing his darkest secret of all?
The Soldier’s Rebel Lover
Two years after they first met Finlay Urquhart has one final duty to perform for his country – one that reunites him with Isabella Romero! Isabella is now a woman filled with secrets, ones she can’t let him uncover. But soon she finds herself letting her guard down… one scorching kiss at a time!