Three Little Secrets
Three Little Secrets completes the Regency trilogy from best-selling author Liz Carlyle, explaining what has made Merrick MacLachlan, the brilliant architect, so cold-hearted. Once, he fell in love with a seventeen-year-old beauty whose father had more ambitious plans for her than a poor Scottish student. Merrick seduced her and convinced her to elope. The father put a short, violent end to the marriage, whipping Merrick and leaving him for dead. Twelve years later, Merrick still bears the scars.
Madeleine Bessett remarried quickly. Her father told her he purchased an annulment from Merrick, who had wanted her only for her wealth. Now, newly widowed, she comes to London seeking help for her son. His melancholy and strange visions make her fear for his sanity. She buys a house without realizing it is one Merrick has built. Their lives come crashing together once more.
This book is the darkest of the three. The storyline is interesting although it follows a very similar trajectory to Two Little Lies. The love story is passionate, meaning the proud lovers hide their true feelings, spit venom at one another, and rely on sex to resolve their difficulties. However, if you’ve enjoyed the first two books, it’s worth finishing up the trilogy.