Title: Shared Legacy
Author: Mary Davenport
Publisher: Cobblestone Press
Publication Date: 2010
Genre: Historical romance
Length: Short novellaRating: 5 Diamonds
Heat Level: Erotic
Other: Ménage, oral play
Reviewer: Starla Kaye
Love can be a complicated, painful matter…especially among friends.
Lord Randall Wyatt loves his wife with all his heart and will do anything to make her forever happy. She deserves to have a baby; they deserve to have a child to raise together. Injuries from the war have made it so he can’t give her a baby. But he knows his best friend is in love with her, too. Randall swallows his pride and asks his friend for a serious favor, a precious gift.
Lady Simone has lusted after and fantasized about Ashton, her husband’s long-time friend, but she would never act on her feelings. She loves her husband and would never hurt him. She would like to have a child, but it is doubtful that he can give her one. Then he comes up with a plan to possibly let her become a mother, an amazing, selfless plan.
Captain Ashton Cooper would never do anything to hurt his best friend, would never come between Randall and the woman both men love. He can’t stay here and suffer the anguish of watching Simone be with Randall any longer. It is time to leave the country and forget them both. And then they ask him for an unimaginable favor, a difficult one to agree to, and yet…
For such a short story, this was amazing. The characters were developed enough that the reader understood their frustrations, their needs, their conflicts. Tough choices. Deep emotions. Hot, hot, hot, too.