Enlightenment series, book 4

Two years ago, Captain Iain Sinclair unwittingly destroyed his friendship with James Hart. Now Iain is leaving England for a new life in India. Before he leaves, he wants to mend the rift between himself and James – but James does not want Iain as a friend anymore.

This novel features a different pairing than in earlier books. It can be read as a standalone, but does contain some spoilers as to the events of book three.

Captain Iain Sinclair has looks, charm, military honours—even the favour of the king himself. He has everything—everything, that is, except the friendship of the one man whose good opinion he has ever cared for, scientist, James Hart. 

James has loved Iain all his life, but after the last disastrous encounter between them, he vowed to accept no more crumbs from Iain’s table. If Iain cannot be the lover James wants, then James will have no more to do with him.

Disenchanted with his career, and miserable without James in his life, Iain decides to leave military service and embark upon a new career in India. Before he leaves England behind, though, he is determined to try one last time to reconcile with his dearest friend.

An invitation to a country house party from James’s sister provides the perfect opportunity to pin James down and force him to finally listen to Iain’s apology. But when Iain discovers that an apology is not enough—that James is not willing settle for less than a lover—he is forced to reconsider everything: his life, his future career, and most of all, his feelings for James.