Brett Haversham has finally returned to
the country after being home for years from the war. Not
without ghosts, Brett’s biggest problem is the desire he
feels not only for his best friend Freddy, but for Anne
Goode, the woman who was supposed to marry a fellow officer
prior to his death.
Freddy Thorne, now the Duke of Ashland,
has treasured and wanted Brett and Anne for years. His
craving and love for Anne was put on the back burner when
she became involved with his older brother but he never
stopped wanting her.
Anne Goode knows she should feel guilty
about wanting two men. She knows she is wanton and she
knows that her reputation could be in tatters but she can’t
help it. She has loved and desired both for so long she has
no choice but to follow her heart.
Samantha Kane’s Retreat from Love
explores how guilt will influence lives in different ways.
Brett’s guilt eats at him because he is alive and the man
Anne Goode loved is not. Anne’s guilt for loving two men
doesn’t interfere as much as it worried her about Freddy and
Brett’s reputations. Freddy worries that he is simply not
good enough. Both men are attracted to Anne but Freddy also
wants Brett who seems to Retreat from Love.
Not her strongest Brothers in Arms installment,
Retreat from Love seemed to drag at times. The plot
was well thought out and interesting but fell short of
holding my attention. I did not, however, skim the love
scenes. Those babies were scorching hot and intimately
tender. Slowing moving but sensuous, Retreat from
Love adds another story to Ms. Kane’s Brothers in
Arms series. For that reason alone, I kept reading.