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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.
Title: A Touch of Passion
Author: Bronwen Evans
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Loveswept
Published on: 24 March, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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.