Finally, Hart MacKenzie's story! He's the most intriguing of the four MacKenzie's and the first three novels in the series have continuously piqued my interest in him. I already had an inkling while reading [b:The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie|5981872|The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Highland Pleasures, #1)|Jennifer Ashley|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1322336718s/5981872.jpg|6155268] that he and Eleanor will get back together in his own book in the series. I don't find his manipulative nature a problem at all. What is power for if you do not use it to your advantage? As long as the effects of his schemes don't harm anyone, it's fine. This attitude was put to good use in protecting the interest of his family and the downtrodden. Keeping his own den of iniquity is distasteful though and I can't understand why he went back to his mistress after she caused the break-up of his engagement. Can't he just get himself a different mistress?
As for Eleanor, a powerful man needs one like her. She won't be able to handle Hart's controlling and manipulative nature if she was meek. Living in Hart's political world would be too difficult if she was not made of sterner stuff and won't execute manipulations of her own.
I was quite anxious of the effects of Hart's political career to his and his family's safety, good thing he decided to end it. I don't think they will ever find peace and happiness if there's always someone out there waiting for the opportunity to harm them.
Now, will David Fleming have his own story, too?