Kev Merripen has been with the Hathaway family for years. He's helped them, he owes them his life. And he's always been in love with sweet and delicate Winnifred.
I love the contrast in this couple. Kev is strong, very alpha and domineering. Win is much softer and calm, without being a wilting flower. That was key in my liking this heroine. She took charge of her life and fought her disease. She went after the man she loved. She sacrificed herself to protect her family. Win was my favorite part of this book. An awesome heroine!
Kev in one word is intense. But on the other hand was a bit of a jerk for half the book. In the end he redeems himself, talk about a tortured hero, and yes he has a heart of gold and loves fully and unconditionally, with passion.
When we find out his true background I might've had a tear or two in my eyes. It made me so happy to see them all be part of a family and form bonds with each other. Don't want to give you a spoiler but this development in the story felt so perfect.
And of course, honorable mention has to go to Leo Hathaway and Miss Marks. There's that incorrigible rake and the feisty heroine that I've come to love to read about in Ms. Kleypas' books. I can't wait to read Leo's story.
the fires of hell could burn for a thousand years and it wouldn't equal
what I feel for you in one minute of the day. I love you so much there
is no pleasure in it. Nothing but torment. Because if I could dilute
what I feel for you to the millionth part, it would still be enough to
kill you. And even if it drives me mad, I would rather see you live in
the arms of that cold, soulless bastard than die in mine."