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Falsely accused of murder and mute from a near-fatal beating, Apollo Greaves, Viscount Kilbourne has escaped from Bedlam. With the Crown's soldiers at his heels, he finds refuge in the ruins of a pleasure garden, toiling as a simple gardener. But when a vivacious young woman moves in, he's quickly driven to distraction . . .


London's premier actress, Lily Stump, is down on her luck when she's forced to move into a scorched theatre with her maid and small son. But she and her tiny family aren't the only inhabitants-a silent, hulking beast of a man also calls the charred ruins home. Yet when she catches him reading her plays, Lily realizes there's more to this man than meets the eye.


Though scorching passion draws them together, Apollo knows that Lily is keeping secrets. When his past catches up with him, he's forced to make a choice: his love for Lily . . . or the explosive truth that will set him free.

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    Enthralling, engaging, and must read

    I loved and enjoyed reading the intriguing and outstanding romantic historical novel written by the best selling author Elizabeth Hoyt. I received an autographed copy of the book from a Goodreads Giveaway. Due to the theater being burned, Lily Stump, an out of work actress, her young son, Indio, her friend, Maude, and dog, Daff, live in the habitable part of the theater. Apollo Greaves, Viscount Kilbourne wrongly accused of murder, is an escaped convict from Bedlam hiding in the gardens attached to the theater. Indio meets Apollo and tells his mom all about the monster living in the garden who can't speak. When Lily goes to find Inio, she finds Apollo coming out of the water and is mesmerized by him. Indio sees Apollo as his special friend and names him Caliban. The more time Lily and Apollo spend together the harder it becomes to only remain friends. Read the wonderfully written, highly recommended, must read love story of Lily and Apollo.


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