If You Deceive

TABT…If You Deceive, by Kresley Cole

 Ethan MacCarrick was a heartbreakingly handsome rake until a powerful nobleman ordered him brutally beaten and his face scarred for a crime he didn’t commit  Ethan’s reprisal-bankrupting the nobleman and forcing his exile-does little to appease his wrath.  Ten years later, a haughty, mysterious beauty enchants Ethan-the daughter of his enemy.  At last, Ethan will have the revenge he’s craved; he’ll promise her marriage, seduce her, then cast her aside.  When Madelaine van Rowen’s family was suddenly plunged into destitution and dishonor, she steeled herself against further heartache.  She never weakened, never trusted, until a towering, scarred Highlander relentlessly pursues her, breaking down her defenses.  The passion between them burns hotter than Ethan’s fury, and soon he finds he can’t let her go.  But when Madelaine discovers the truth about him, can Ethan convince her to accept all he now offers-when he once destroyed everything she had?

Great, great, great addition (and I’m thinking, conclusion?) to the MacCarrick brothers saga.  Both Ethan and Maddy were strong, flawed and *really* human characters.  Watching Ethan begin to rethink his revenge as he fell deeper under Maddy’s spell…and she under his…would have been fun if it wasn’t so heartrending.  This story does overlap with the other two, but you can read it as a stand-alone.  Personally, I’d highly recommend picking up the entire series (If You Desire and If You Dare), because the characters are so vividly drawn, as is the worldbuilding…you won’t be disappointed!