When the rest of her household flees the family estate during the English Civil War, Hester Cavell, a proud Royalist supporter, stays behind hoping to protect her home. Unfortunately for Hester, she quickly finds that she is no match for a troop of Parliamentarian dragoons, led by Captain Daniel Hasard. Once the dragoons take control of her house, Daniel lets Hester stay with her servants, but he warns her that he will punish her severely if she causes any trouble.
Despite Daniel’s warning, it isn’t long before Hester risks her safety and attempts to sabotage his troops, earning her a long, hard switching on her bare bottom. But as the weeks pass, she begins to realize that the man behind the enemy uniform is loving, intelligent, and kind, and she can’t help but grow more and more attracted to him. Daniel returns Hester’s affection, and while they remain enemies by day to protect her reputation, they soon become passionate lovers by night.
Not wanting the servants to guess at their games, Hester continues to make a pretence at mischief, and Daniel continues to punish her sternly. But when a servant at last finds out the truth of their relationship, will it bring an end to their newfound romance, or will Daniel cast aside politics and allegiances and ask for her hand in marriage?
This was such a lovely, historical read – a story of romance and love between two enemies.
Hester stays behind to protect her family home as the warring gets closer. With her father and brothers gone, fighting, and her mother and the rest of the servants leaving for safety, Hester feels it is her duty to stay behind and make sure nothing happens to the beloved home.
Parliamentarian dragoons, led by Daniel, commandeer the house, but agree to let Hester and the remaining servants stay.
This is where things become interesting. One spanking was all it took!
Daniel and Hester didn’t want to be attracted to each other out of duty to their families and roles. But when he took control of her house, they were forced into some more intimate situations.
She felt her duty was to protect her family’s home, and sabotage the men at every chance.
He felt his duty was to follow his orders as the Captain of a Parliamentary troop, but as a chivalrous man, also wanted to protect Hester and her servants since they were under his care.
If caught, both would have been in so much trouble, but they continued to explore and love each other, in the hopes that when the war ended, they could finally be together.
This historical was quite enjoyable. I relaxed and immersed into the vivid time period of the English Civil War that Jaye Peaches brought to life.
I especially enjoyed Hester’s pranks. She was so much fun to watch. And I appreciated her longing to be spanked and loved by Daniel. It was a wonderful personal battle between love and duty.
Jaye Peaches did a fantastic job of bringing history to life in this sweet and sexy romance.
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