Rose McGuire is a young girl, well a tomboy, who lives with her Aunt and Uncle on their small farm in Baltimore. She is a headstrong girl with a grudge against the British, for all the right reasons. But when a Lieutenant comes on her farm to take advantage of her, she thinks that all hope is lost. But when Lieutenant Alexander Reed comes to her aid, Rose is stunned. What Alex didn't expect, was to kill his superior. What he also didn't expect, was to be fatally shot in the thigh. Rose finds it to be her duty to hide and heal Alex in return for saving her life. But it proves to be a difficult task to hide him from her family, friends, city folks and the man who is determined to make her his wife.
Rose McGuire: protagonist
Alexander Reed: protagonist
Forbes Drummond: Rose's Uncle and a reverend
Muira Drummond: Rose's Aunt
Amelia: Rose's maid
Mr. Snyder: Man set on marrying Rose
That pretty much covers that characters. Noah, Marianne, Daniel, Blackthorn and Luke also make appearances in the book. Can I just say, I love it when the protagonists hate each other. I mean, it that terrible to say? I just love it. But this pair, well, Rose is so angry at the British for taking everything dear from her that she can't help but hate Alex. Alex, on the other hand, finds himself falling for a woman who can never be his. After all, she hates him and he must return to his ship, or be labeled as a deserter and be hung. Rose covers his identity by "hiring" him and hopes that he will return to his ship as soon as possible and all that had happened would be a distant memory. Well, she hadn't counted on falling in love with him.
This book. This Book. THIS BOOK. I loved this book. I don't think that I have ever loved the male protagonist as much as I love Alex. Why? I have NO CLUE. I mean, all male protagonists are great and all, but Alex. Why do I love Alex so much? I'll never understand. With all his "annoying" amused grins and mock bows AND a British accent. But I did. This book kept me on the edge of my seat. I had to finish it. The hidden romance between them, I mean, it can't get any better than that. And how heroic of Alex to do all that he does! I love him so much. He's kind, he's a gentleman, despite being British he still doesn't care for the way that his people are treating the Americans at all. Even with a war going on, Alex doesn't think that what his people are doing is right.
Rating: 9.8 stars out of 10.