We meet Ramsey Munro and Helena Nash in Connie Brockway’s second installment of The Rose Hunters series. Ramsey is haunted by the past and is trying to find a way to exorcise his demons. Helena searches for a life where her mind and soul are just as important as her beauty. These two people are bound together by a promise made by three young men to the daughters of the man who rescued them.
Helena Nash has always been beautiful. She had figured out early on that most men would not look beyond her beauty to what lies beneath. Now that she works as a companion to the meanest woman in the ton, she knows there is no hope for her to find love. She has accepted that just like she has accepted everything that has happened in her life. Hiding her spirit and wit beneath the façade of meekness and obedience, she tries to make do with what she has.
When an opportunity arises to help a pair of separated lovers reunite, Helena finds the adventure she’s looking for. It takes her to the seamier side of London and places her in danger from men who only loosely wear the title of gentlemen. It also takes her into the arms of Ramsey Munro and that’s when the games begin.
Ramsey Munro has always watched out for Helena Nash ever since he and his friends made their vow to protect the Nash daughters. He followed her in the background never presuming to talk or in any way soil her reputation. Then he finds her in a part of London where she should never have been. He agrees to teach her how to use a sword. Ram finds himself falling in love not only with her beauty, but also with the spirit and the soul that lies beneath. Ram has his own demons. His past is coming back with a vengeance.
Connie Brockway has written a wonderful story about the true meaning of love. Ramsey and Helena both look beneath the surface to find the shining beauty of each other’s soul. Both characters work on their trust issues. They break out of the past to find a wonderful future together. The secondary characters are entertaining, especially the star-crossed lovers Helena helps out. The use of fencing as a background element is well done.
My Pleasure was indeed a pleasure to read. I’ll be impatiently waiting for Dand and Charlotte’s story.