From Goodreads: Blonde and beautiful Lady Anna Blacknall is in the mood for mischief. Entering Dublin's most notorious den of vice, she finds herself in the arms of a mysterious, emerald-eyed Irishman. And although he is masked, his tender kiss is hauntingly familiar. Conlan McTeer, Duke of Adair, has come to Dublin to fight for a free Ireland. But he's suddenly reunited with the young Englishwoman who had once claimed his heart, and his passion turns from politics to pleasure. When their sizzling encounter brings danger to Anna's door, she must decide where her loyalties lie-and quickly. For someone will do whatever it takes to destroy Conlan . . . and anyone he dares to love.
I love historical romances that have actual "history" in it. As a History buff it makes the book more enjoyable and interesting. It's putting a (fictional) face to an event or era from long ago. I did not read the first book in the series, but I didn't find it was necessary to get into the book. There is enough information in flashbacks and memories to give you a sense of what happened between Anna and Conlan in the past. The book starts quickly with Anna and Conlan meeting at a masked ball and from there the story moves at a great pace. Conlan was a fun character to read, he's fighting for what he believes in and what's best for his people (very admirable, liked him immediately) was in danger (Anna actually saves him at some point, perfect!) . Anna may be a young debutante, but there are things in her past that she keeps hidden and weigh her down. She tries to seem like a regular ol' young lady but Conlan is able to see past her facade and sees the thoughtful and intelligent person within. This was an enjoyable historical romance, with interesting characters and a good story.
I give this book 4 owls!