Written by: Ella Quinn
Published by: Zebra
Publication Date: February 27th 2018
Genres: Historical, Romance, Regency, Fiction
Format: ARC, eBook
Sexy Times: Yes - Not overly descriptive. All consensual. Talk of non-consensual relations due to nature of the book.
Trouble is no match for a lady of the extended Worthington family—except when it comes in the form of a most irresistible gentleman...
Lady Charlotte Carpenter’s brother-in-law has put an infamous brothel owner out of business—yet it is Charlotte who suffers the consequences. Abducted by thugs and held at an inn, she is plotting her escape when she’s suddenly rescued by a dashing gentleman. Only afterward does she realize she’s seen him before—with two courtesans! Unwilling to tarry with such a man, Charlotte makes her second escape. But it is too late to repair her reputation.
A known gossip has spied Charlotte’s movements, and his report is speeding through the rumor mill. Soon, everyone knows that Charlotte spent the night with Constantine, Marquis of Kenilworth. And everyone agrees the only answer is marriage—including Constantine himself, his overjoyed mother—and his mistress! But Charlotte’s abductors aren’t finished with her yet. Now Constantine will do anything to protect the spirited woman he loves and win her heart.
What I Liked
God, I thought I would hate Constantine but I very quickly came to find him one of the best parts of this book. He’s honourable, Funny, receptive and can admit when he is wrong.
The Relationship Development
I admit I’m not a fan of smitten at first sight. I can understand being attracted to someone from the start but I find romances developed over time with the Hero and Heroine coming to know and understand each other far more believable. This book did this very well.
What I Didn’t Like
Charlotte is just too harsh in her views. She sees the world in black and white and I found that quite a hard pill to swallow. I understand there is a bit of backstory that helps explain her views from previous books but I still found her quite close-minded and rather pig-headed,
I feel like everyone and their dog is in this book. Actually two dogs and two cats. I felt completely overwhelmed with the sheer amount of people in the family. I’m still not sure who everyone was, to be honest. Again I feel like reading the previous books would help with this.
As someone who prefers reading series in order, I felt a bit overwhelmed jumping in at the fourth book in the series.
I enjoyed the development of the Hero but found I couldn’t really connect to the Heroine.
I’m very interested in the history of the period so I was very impressed with the research the author had done.
This one was a really hard one for me to rate as I did quite enjoy the story overall but once I felt overwhelmed it was really hard to try to keep everyone straight. I’m planning on reading the other books in the series and re-reading this to see if that will help with the overcrowding issue and how I view the heroine.