I found this book through reviews on Twitter and am happy I did.
I am a sucker for romance and mystery and I loved this book as it had both in equal measures. The characters and plot are believable and original. I felt myself warming to the main characters as their turbulent and complex (and often tear-jerking) back stories were explained. Unexpected romance unfolds throughout the story and the mystery and twists at every turn means this is certainly not a predicable, mushy, boy-meets-girl love story.
Told in the first person we see protagonist, Emma Grayson, start a new life after suffering a terrible time in her life. As she starts a new job running the stables on a huge manor estate she is introduced to a number of male colleagues and has to make it clear that she has not interest in romance of any kind. Soon after her arrival, we meet handsome and somewhat stern and standoffish Trent. It is obvious from the start that Trent is a complex character and that there is a lot Emma doesn’t know, or even wants to know. It is perfectly clear that they are not going to be best of friends. However, things turn sinister and they both have to swallow their pride and let each other in a little. I will not spoil this book revealing too much more.
There are some points in the story that are a little slow and maybe not entirely necessary but did not take away from my enjoyment of the story and I am definitely looking forward to reading the next two books in the trilogy.