And another to the NetGalley November challenges!
I’ve been on a historical kick lately, and anything that mentions a Rogue is certainly going to get a second look from me. So when the opportunity arrived to read this title I jumped at the chance. Jennifer Haymore has written a story that was delightfully entertaining, the perfect break for an afternoon.
Lukas is the second son, free from the onus of first born, he spends much of his time bedding women and gambling. His family is in a bit of turmoil, his mother disappeared and despite extensive investigation, the only lead is that she was last seen in the company of a Roger Morton. Lukas leaves London and heads west to search the outlying counties and into Wales, looking for clues as to his mother’s whereabouts.
Emma is recently widowed, and is also seeking Roger Morton: her family is in ruin, and she believes he holds the key. As luck, and chance would have it, Lukas’ enquiries to Morton’s whereabouts lead him to an inn to await information. While there, he passes time flirting with, and planning to seduce Emma. When they retire to his chamber, he has no idea that she could have answers for him.
Emma’s husband was less than honorable, and her concern that Lukas may turn out to be another disastrous acquaintance has her reluctant to act upon the attraction that burns between them. But, Lukas needs her, and she can use him to gain her ends, so she demands and ultimately is granted the opportunity to travel with and hunt for Morton with Lukas.
These two are purely delightful, with their chemistry and attraction is nearly palpable. Far from being more traditional in terms of heat, Lukas is a dominant alpha male, and his obsession with bondage is one that he gradually explores with Emma, to their mutual satisfaction. Emma is strong and logical, not overly concerned with the censure of the ton, after experiencing the loss of her family’s fortune there isn’t much left to lose. Lukas has his moments of rogue, but almost from the moment he meets Emma, he is smitten and becomes a one woman, very protective man.
A fun installment in the series, there are more family members to match up, so I can only assume that they fun will continue.
Title: The Rogue's Proposal
Author: Jennifer Haymore
Series: House of Trent #2
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Hachette Book Group
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Lord Lukas Hawkins, the rakish second son of the House of Trent, has never found a wager he couldn't win or a woman he couldn't seduce—until his search for his missing mother leads him to a mysterious encounter with a beautiful stranger.
Luke's mother has been missing for months, and while his honorable older brother Simon, Duke of Trent, leads the official investigation from London, Luke sets out on a somewhat seedier path. Sources have told him his mother was last seen with a scoundrel named Roger Morton, but their association isn't clear. Was she kidnapped or did she go willingly?
While searching for Morton, Luke meets Emma Anderson, a secretive beauty with her own reasons for hunting Morton. At first Luke laughs at the idea of allowing a woman to join him in his search, but soon Emma's insights into Morton—like the woman herself—prove impossible to resist.
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.