Lady Evangeline Stuart chose to wed a tyrant with a title, or so society believes. That was five years ago—five long years she could have spent with her first and only love: Lord Hadley Fullerton, the second son of the Duke of Claymore. Now Evangeline is a widow, and her soul cries out for Hadley. But when they see each other at last, everything has changed. The passion in his eyes has been corrupted by betrayal. Somehow Evangeline must regain Hadley’s trust—without revealing the secret that would spoil the seduction.
Hadley is determined not to be distracted by Evangeline. He and the other Libertine Scholars are in pursuit of an enemy who has been striking at them from the shadows, and Evangeline’s mere presence could be dangerous. But with one smile, one touch, one taste of Evangeline’s lips, Hadley’s resolve is overpowered by much more pleasant memories. As the two enter into a discreet affair, Hadley vows to give her his body, never his heart. That she will have to earn.
I dig historical romance, The cover drew me in. Sexy man leaning over swooning woman, I literally dropped myself on the couch, grabbed an ice water and dove into it.To be fair, I have NOT read the rest of the series, so the storyline was a little hard to understand. I want to say that going in… As much as I really, really wanted desperately to love this book, I could not get a feeling of realness from the characters. I literally felt like they where cardboard cutouts of a story line that has been overdone. The character’s overall whine,made the hero seem weak. The fact he was off his game, (his mistress was not even all that upset when he broke things off), made him seem like a putz. The girl, she was written to make it appear she was suppose to be very intelligent, did nothing to make me feel as if she had a brain in her pretty little head. I did not feel the characters sizzled together, which made it even harder move through. The story about the whole Libertine Scholars theme felt like a second story, and it felt almost as if it was thrown in at the last second. I believe that Bronwen Evans has, and will put out exceptional books, and I for one will be looking for them.
*I received an ARC from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review