In the second novel in Bronwen Evans’s sexy new Disgraced Lords series, two very independent souls find themselves fighting to resist a deepening passion.
When Beatrice Hennessey sets out to confront Lord Coldhurst, the notorious rogue who killed her brother in a duel, her intent is to save her family from destitution. She’s determined to blackmail the man into a loveless marriage. She’ll make the wealthy Lord Coldhurst pay for the rest of his life. But while greeting his ship, Beatrice takes a tumble into the Thames—only to be fished out by a pair of strong masculine arms that tempt her to stay locked in their heated embrace forever. That is, until she realizes those arms belong to Sebastian Hawkestone, Lord Coldhurst himself.
The little drowned mermaid has an interesting proposition indeed; one that Sebastian is surprised to find quite agreeable. Although he’s had women more beautiful, she is pleasing to the eye, and besides, it’s time he fathered an heir. Beatrice promises to be the ideal wife; a woman who hates him with an all-consuming passion is far too sensible to expect romance. However, it isn’t long before Sebastian’s plan for a marriage of convenience unravels, and he’s caught up in the exhilarating undertow of seduction.
This wonderfully written historical romance blends mystery, suspense, and passion beautifully!
Beatrice is a brave woman that will stop at nothing to protect her family. Ridiculed and cast aside by society, she takes a leap of faith and makes a bargain with the devil.
Sebastian’s a man of wealth, title, and honor. Riches, favor, and women cannot ease the guilt he feels for taking a young man’s life, but another source may help solve his problem. Although he’s caught off guard by a shameless request, the arrangement suits his fancy, and will help assure the continuation of his bloodline.
I was enraptured as passion exuded from each page involving a love scene played out, and fascinated by the suspenseful story line. The characters and setting were depicted perfectly for the time period, as well as the circumstances involved. I cringed as the hero and heroine made their mistakes, and shivered with delight as they made up! I didn’t always agree with their actions, as they were both a little hypocritical at times, but I loved them anyway. The villains were clever and implemented brilliantly. There were a few times that I became inpatient, but refused to ignore the beauty of the chase. I was greatly rewarded for staying the course.
As the ending leaves a little taste of what’s to come, I can’t wait to read the next installment! Excellent read & I highly recommend!
Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She has always indulged her love of storytelling and is constantly gobbling up movies, books, and theater. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer? Evans is a two-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.
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