THE BRETHREN GUARDIAN SERIES BOOK 3
Iain Sinclair, Marquis of Alynwick, is certain there is a special hell for him. An unrepentant rake, he holds nothing sacred – except for beautiful Elizabeth York. For years, Alynwick has tried to forget the woman he loved so well, and treated so badly. A woman who could hold nothing in her heart for him except hatred.
All of society believes Elizabeth, blind daughter of a duke, to be a proper young lady. But no one knows of her wanton affair with Alynwick. When Lizzy learns of her ancestor’s ancient diary – filled with exotic tales – she longs to uncover the identity of the unnamed lover within and hesitantly allows Alynwick, who claims to have knowledge of the “veiled lady,” to help her solve the mystery.
Eager to be Lizzy’s eyes, Alynwick brings the seductive text to life, and each night it takes greater effort for her to forget his betrayal. With each whispered word, her resolve gives way, without her knowing that a centuries-old secret will lead them to a present-day danger.
After reading Pride & Passion with the revelation that Iain and Elizabeth had been lovers twelve years ago but it all ended badly, I couldn’t wait to read Temptation & Twilight. It promised to be a compelling and emotionally intense read. I certainly wasn’t disappointed.
In the previous two books, Iain was always the wild card among the Brethren Guardians but he is the one who intrigued me the most. He is an arrogant, heartless, reckless, womanising, hard-drinking rogue. But there is one chink in his armour and her name is Elizabeth York. His Beth
I love Iain’s sheer determination to make Elizabeth see that he has truly changed from the foolish young man who had caused her so much pain and heartbreak; a man worthy of her trust and love. No matter how many times Elizabeth rejects him, he never gives up. Admittedly, at times, he does act like a complete jackass, like trying to throttle the poor Earl of Sheldon, but somehow I love that show of possessiveness and protectiveness towards Elizabeth. He is, after all, a fierce, hot-headed highlander at heart and what woman can resist that?
I adore Elizabeth. She is a wonderful mixture of strength and vulnerability. Although she doesn’t let her blindness define who she is, there are moments when she gives vent to her anxieties and frustrations. I really feel Ms Featherstone portrays Elizabeth’s blindness in a realistic way including the practicalities of being blind.
I understand why Elizabeth doesn’t want Iain and does everything to push him away. The emotional scars of his betrayal run deep, just how deep we only learn later. She can neither forgive him nor ever trust him again. It was easy to feel the fear and emotional turmoil she goes through as the unwanted feelings for Iain, which she thought had been buried forever, begin to resurface.
Their journey to finding each other again is such an emotional roller-coaster but the scene that touched me the most is when Iain tells Elizabeth the truth of why he left her, knowing that he would lose her forever. His heartfelt words brought tears to my eyes. I truly wanted them to let go of the past and find true happiness.
After the cliff-hanger at the end of Pride & Passion, I wanted to know Orpheus’s identity and why he sought revenge on the Brethren Guardians but I was really disappointed in the mystery element in this book. It seemed to be dragged out and didn’t hold my interest as it had in the previous books. So when Orpheus’s identity is finally revealed, it was rather an anti-climax. But it is Iain’s and Elizabeth’s haunting love story that really carries this book.
Iain Sinclair, Marquis of Alynwick – Christian Bale
Lady Elizabeth York – Penelope Cruz
VERDICT: COMPELLING AND EMOTIONALLY INTENSE