Her One Desire by Kimberly Killion
FOR HIS LOVE
Astride a stolen horse, encircled by the shackled arms of Broderick Maxwell, a Scottish spy escaping certain death in the Tower of London, Lizbeth Ives rides to the north, hidden by the merciful darkness. By stealth and by cunning, the daughter of the Lord High Executioner has undone her father’s cruel work, compelled to save the innocent man with her. There is no turning back—they are bound as one in his iron chains. Consumed by mortal fear, driven by passion, they disappear into the night…
A single raven follows them. Is it an omen? Or only the first of those who would capture them? They must ride on. If captured, they will face death together. But if they reach Scotland, he will claim her for his own…forever.
The daughter of the Lord High Executioner, Lizbeth Ives is running from danger when she assists imprisoned Scottish spy, Broderick Maxwell in escaping. Fearing for her life and possessing proof of treachery, Lizzy enlists the aid of Broc in journeying away from her pursuer. Though reluctant to help his torturer’s daughter, Broc agrees and the two set off on the dangerous journey north.
As the two travel, they find themselves growing closer to one another despite their differences. Lizzy has paid for the sins of her father her entire life and she has little value for herself because of who her father is. Broc is determined to make Lizzy believe in herself and overcome her many fears.
But when the enemy finds them, it just may be too late for the couple.
Full of emotion and colorful characters, Her One Desire is a fascinating story that I couldn’t put down. Ms. Killion did a wonderful job of making me feel for the characters which left me eager to learn what would happen next. The story was brimming with a variety of emotions…fear, joy, humor, sadness, anger, hurt, passion, and more. I felt each of these emotions as I read which brought the story and characters to life for me.
Lizzy and Broc were a fascinating couple who brought out the best in one another and I was glad to read as they worked to overcome both their inner and external obstacles. The odds were definitely stacked against them so watching them deal with their attraction despite their differences was interesting.
In addition to these wonderful main characters, several of the secondary characters, both real and fictional, were definitely scene-stealers. This was especially true of Broc’s family members including his mother, grandmother, and cousins. These characters added a bit of lightness to this dramatic story. And the inclusion of actual historical figures gave realness to the story which added to my enjoyment.
With wit and interesting characters, Ms. Killion added a bit of humor to what could have been a very dark story. It had its dark moments, but the humor added a bit of balance to the story keeping it from being too dark. There were also many twists and turns to this story which left me anticipating what would happen next.
Her One Desire is a wonderful debut book that has earned a spot on my keeper shelf. I look forward to reading more from Kimberly Killion.