A Touch of Passion: The Disgraced Lords # 3 by Bronwen Evans with Excerpt

Welcome to the newest release from The Disgraced Lords series from Bronwen Evans.  Please be sure to read the exerpt, don’t forget to check the other tour stops where you can see what others thought about the title and don’t forget to enter the Tour Wide Giveaway for a $25 eGift Card of Winner’s Choice Bookseller, Loveswept Mug and Nail Polish.

I’ve read this series since the beginning, and really enjoy the connection between the heroes and the easy acceptance each of the women receives into the group. Bronwen Evans has built the story around a group of friends, the Libertine Scholars, and the bond and danger that brings them together once again.

A Touch of Passion

Grayson has lived with Portia’s family since the death of his parents and sister in a carriage accident. Their families were friends, and his best friend is her older brother Robert. Thnking of Portia as a ‘siser’ and noticing that she was always following about in the shadows, Grayson never really gave her another thought.  The loss of his parents so scarred him that marriage is far off in his timeline, with the desire to find just THE right woman, for a happy marriage like his parents.

For her part, Portia has always loved Grayson, but he’s never paid her attention. Now decided to find some adventure, she’s taking wild chances with her own and her family’s good name by attending the Cyprian ball in disguise to spy on him. But, when she catches the eye of another man that is decidedly not Grayson, her plan may spell disaster.

Grayson steps up to save Portia from herself and certain ruin, but is thoroughly convinced that she will not turn his head. Unfortunately for him, she is becoming more attractive by the moment, and he just may need her to help him unravel the latest plot that is affecting the Libertines- this one is set to destroy Grayson’s god name.

Like earlier books in the series, each of the heroes has a solid conventional core, with honor and loyalty at the center. The men are all decided bachelors until they meet that one woman who challenges their idea of ‘perfect match’, and until Portia the women have all been intelligent and likable. Unfortunately, I found Portia more than a touch heedless and headstrong, with a serious impulse control problem.  Much of it was attention seeking behavior, to gain Grayson’s eye, but she took far longer to warm up to than say Beatrice from the last book.

What went from a bit of a ‘worst case possible’ for Portia to the development of her newly defined relationship with Grayson, and their bonding over finding the one behind the plot to destroy Grayson’s reputation, their path to a happy ending was easy to follow and fun to read. Standing alone solidly, although a perfect installment in the series, this is bound to please those who like a long-developing mystery with their historical romance.

A Touch of Passion: The Disgraced Lords # 3 by Bronwen Evans with Excerpt

Title: A Touch of Passion
Author: Bronwen Evans
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Loveswept
ISBN: B00L0EYO20
Published on: 24 March, 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 260
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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In the latest Disgraced Lords novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans, a vivacious thrill seeker clashes with her dutiful defender—causing irresistible sparks to fly. 

Independent and high-spirited, Lady Portia Flagstaff has never been afraid to take a risk, especially if it involves excitement and danger. But this time, being kidnapped and sold into an Arab harem is the outcome of one risk too many. Now, in order to regain her freedom, she has to rely on the deliciously packaged Grayson Devlin, Viscount Blackwood, a man who despises her reckless ways—and stirs in her a thirst for passion.

After losing his mother and two siblings in a carriage accident years ago, Grayson Devlin promised Portia’s dying brother that he’d always watch over his wayward sister. But having to travel to Egypt to rescue the foolhardy girl has made his blood boil. Grayson already has his hands full trying to clear his best friend and fellow Libertine Scholar of a crime he didn’t commit. Worse still, his dashing rescue has unleashed an unforeseen and undesired consequence: marriage. Now it’s more than Portia he has to protect . . . it’s his battered heart.

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Tasty Excerpt

 

Her arms tightened further around his shoulders and she pushed deeper into his embrace. He hesitated for a second, as if understanding that the decision he made in the next few seconds would change their world. Portia wasn’t about to let her fantasy get away, though. She ran her tongue over his lips and his body shuddered. His mouth slanted more fully over hers, totally possessing her, seemingly a decision made.

His tongue swept into her mouth as if he couldn’t get enough. A groan rumbled deep in his chest and he pushed her against the wall. She could feel the hardened length of him against her stomach. Her thin harem pantaloons afforded her no protection from his considerable maleness.

Portia gave into the powerful urges in her body. The overwhelming feelings of desire swept her away. She was living her fantasy: Grayson in her arms, making love to her. She moaned into his mouth.

In response, his kiss deepened. His hands ran tenderly over her body. When his knuckles skimmed the upper swells of her breasts, she thought she’d faint from need. As if by instinct she lifted a leg to his hip, opening her womanhood to the feel of his powerful erection. She moaned feverishly as his hand held her leg in place and he moved against her, rubbing the exact spot that seemed to be on fire.

His other hand found her breast and when his fingertips discovered her hardened nipple, fire streaked through her body flooding her veins with smoldering heat. He soon had her breasts freed from their inadequate covering. When he broke their kiss she was bereft until his mouth latched onto one peaked nipple and suckled. She bucked against him, rubbing his hardness.

He reciprocated, grinding against her, driving her mad with his caresses, encouraging her response, coaxing her wildness until she almost lost her mind. She could feel herself traveling to some unknown point. Her body knew the destination but not quite how to get there. “Grayson, oh God, please.”

Suddenly Grayson stopped, his mouth leaving her body. Both of them were breathing heavily, and a wave of frustration swamped her.

It was as if time stood still. His gaze fixed on her bare breasts, where moisture from where he’d recently been suckling glimmered in the dim light.

He dropped her leg as if he’d been burned and stepped away. “Oh, God, Portia . . . my behavior is appalling. Please forgive me.”

“It was not all your fault.”

He didn’t reply. He simply reached out with one large hand to pull her clothing back into place, covering her still-exposed breasts.

“This should never have happened. It’s untenable.”

Color flooded her face, and she looked away. But why should she be ashamed? She had not started this, and he had been aroused. She looked at his groin and saw he was still aroused. “Why is it untenable?”

He looked horrified as he followed her gaze and realized she knew of his condition. He seemed to hesitate. “Because you’re like a sister to me. Robert trusts me with you.”

She moved toward him, and he took a step back. “I must admit I’ve never wanted to do anything like this with my brothers.” She couldn’t help teasing him. “Why kiss me, then?”

“I had hoped to teach you a lesson. To make you see what trouble you could land yourself in with this continued scandalous behavior. If any other man had followed you into this corridor . . . unlike me, he would not have stopped.” At her silence he added, “Is that how you want to lose your virginity? Against the wall like a common whore?”

She involuntarily flinched at his cruel words. He’d taught her something: that he was not immune to her, and that he was quite capable of thinking of her as a woman. “It taught me that you desire me.”

“I do not.”

“I may not be as experienced as you, but I can recognize an aroused man.”

Seeming to gather his composure, he straightened his cravat and scoffed, “I’ve been aroused since I walked into the Cyprians’ Ball. It has nothing to do with you, but merely the amount of delectable flesh on display. Most men react, as I did, to scantily clad women.”

Just like that, he squashed her confidence and broke her heart. Stupidly she’d thought there were feelings behind his kiss. Obviously not. This was why she needed experience. To her untutored body, his kisses felt as if he could not live without her.

She did not know what to say. Tears were welling in her eyes, and she wanted to leave. She turned away and started to walk down the passage. “I shall leave you to get on with your amusements, then. I’d prefer not to be one of many. If any woman will do, I suggest you go find one who’s obliging.”

 

 

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About Bronwen Evans

USA Today bestselling author, Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Evans is a three-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand with her dogs Brandy and Duke.

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