After a brutal attack that leaves the Duke of Ryeton Greyden Kane beaten and half his face carrying a scar, Grey removes himself from society and the wagging tongues, but his desire can not be denied so easy as the woman he swore to protect Rose Danvers is the one he can never have..until she puts matters into her own hands..... Greyden Kane the Duke of Ryeton was well-known womanizer and scoundrel in the first degree and worse way. When he gets his dues he’s left with a scar that runs across his face and a hellva wake up call. Mostly due to this Grey bows out of society from others looking at him like a monster or worse. The worse blow comes with the death of his dear friend that leaves him taking care of his friend’s widow and daughter Rose Danvers. His desire for Rose almost brings him to his knees but making a promise to his friend to stay far away Rose, Grey gives his word, but even after three years his can’t get Rose out of his head so he takes drastic measures, going to a masked ball to find a replacement for Rose at least for one night. He can’t believe his eyes when he finds the woman who could pass off as Rose’s twin. Keeping their masks in place Grey and the Rose replacement have two nights of satisfying passion until the truth comes to light... Rose has been in love with Grey, nursing him after his attack and growing up fast after the death of her father, she always knew she could turn to Grey and saw behind the devil may care mask he wore to the man whom he could be but knowing he would never desire her after overhearing his promise to her father. Rose comes up with a plan to rid of Grey from her system once and for all and move on to marry a man whom may love her, with help from her friend comes up with a plan to make love to Grey without him knowing. But instead of getting rid of her passion for Grey it only grows until she can’t hide the truth anymore. Only the truth doesn’t set them free and Rose must help Grey face his past demons and bringing him back to life then just existing. Whew! What a book, I was torn between reading this book in one sitting and wanting to stretch it as long as I could. I felt the range of emotions that run through the whole book as Grey hides way in the shadows and Rose bringing the light. Unlike other authors whom shows glimpses of hero’s bad pasts, Kathryn Smith shows Grey’s bad boy past in full colors. Grey was a total man-slut with no regard to the women he slept with. When he gets his comeuppance Grey sees the errors of his ways and hides into the shadows ashamed of his appearance and his past behavior. But by hiding he not only hurts himself but the rest of his family. Grey was one of those heroes you knew was so redeemable, not only by his actions but by his feelings. He loved Rose but didn’t want to shame her while he hid away. He knew he was a bastard for what he did to one woman whom he “thought” was part of his attack, and didn’t know how to ask forgiveness when he learns the truth. Your giving choices to either hate or love Grey, but in the end you forgive him because he because a truly changed man willing to finally walk out from the shadows. Rose was willful and passionate, she could be a pain in the butt. It was really part of her charm, as she tried to push and find ways to get Grey back into the world. It’s not a easy pill for Rose or the reader to learn about the many things Grey did. But like her you see the changed man that Grey is and could be and have faith in him. Rose grows up from her hero worship love to the love a woman supporting in the man she loves. Rose because the great foil to Grey as she helps him back into the world with Grey making Rose because a strong mature woman. While I loved the emotions that played between Rose and Grey it at times was nerve wreaking as the both seem to suffer the Foot-In-Mouth-Syndrome knowing what the said was wrong, they just didn’t think before their spoke and this went on a little to much and a little to long. I think everyone has suffered from saying the wrong thing, but every time? I don’t think so. Plus, I felt it border on spiteful when either one didn’t get their way. Although it did leave to some passion filled moments... And this book had a high level of steam that it could be cut with a knife! The love scenes between the two were smoking and even the sexual tension could burn down the house! Just the way I like it! The secondary characters wrapped up the story nicely with the interaction between Grey and his brother Archer that was very funny . Rose and her BF Eve as Eve and Rose face their own futures with marriages and love. There was a lot of loose ends with some characters like Arch new love, Rose old suitor and Eve’s future that will no doubt be in the next books. Overall: a hero looking for redemption and love as he comes out of the shadows and a woman who loves him as she tries to bring him back into the world of light with her love. A beautiful, and steamy read~!