Lord Redmund Wodehouse is the only one of his peers who is glad to be rid of the sea, the navy, and the horrible memories that won’t let him have a moment’s peace. He hopes retreating to his family’s country escape for a summer of games and merriment will drown out the crushing guilt he suffers because of a shipboard accident several months before.
And he’s especially looking forward to the arrival of his friend, rival, and occasional, casual lover, Lucas to take his mind off his troubles.
Lucas Salterford accepted Redmund’s invitation to spend the summer on a remote estate with a bunch of toffs for one reason and one reason only—he has been hopelessly in love with Red for years. Luc sees the extended house party as his last chance to capture Red’s heart and prove that he is more than just a friend and a distraction.
But Red seems determined to keep their relationship only skin deep, no matter how hard Luc tries to help him deal with what happened aboard ship. And when Luc ends up grievously injured after a game gone wrong, every horrible thing that Red believes about himself seems to be proved true. But Luc isn’t willing to give up hope. Can he help Red find redemption and the love he deserves before Red’s demons get the best of him or will Luc’s lingering injury be a constant reminder of all the ways Red has failed?
PLEASE BE ADVISED: Steam Level – Smokin’ hot! This includes explicit scenes between male lovers, so if that isn’t what you want to read, please feel free to pass on this book.