Balogh, Mary. At Last Comes Love. New York: Bantam Dell, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0-440-24424-0. $6.99 USD.
After being disappointed with Then Comes Seduction, I found myself a bit unsure about continuing, but as Meg was the sister I was most eager to see get her HEA, I chose to give it a chance, even though I had some misgivings upon reading the blurb. And it ended up being leagues better than TCS, and perhaps even better than First Comes Marriage.
A lot of my happiness with this book had to do with Duncan and what a great hero and person he is. So many heroes have this rake persona that is relatively close to the truth, only to have something more underneath, but Balogh bucks tradition here, presenting someone who, in the eyes of society, is a scoundrel, but in truth was incredibly honorable and compassionate, protecting vulnerable people who weren’t protected under the patriarchal laws of the time. And the reveal of what truly happened is incredibly foreshadowed, and it left me gasping as each individual layer of the past was pulled back.
Meg is also just as wonderful as heroine as I thought she would be, and I found her much more relatable than Katherine, the heroine of the second book, in many of the choices she made. And while we see Balogh bringing together two unlikely people as she often does, she once again manages to convey that they have a bond on a deeper level, and depict their love in a realistic way.