Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Protected By A Rogue

"Perhaps a woman could be sweet,
but if she was demure and obedient as well 
that would deprive a man of all the joys of a complex woman,
and a woman ought to be complex.
Simple things and simple people are quite overrated."
--Lauren Smith, His Wicked Seduction

Genre: Adult Historical Fiction
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Pages: 321
Publication Date: November 11th, 2014
Source: Gifted to me by the author, thanks Lauren!
Find On: Goodreads | Amazon
Previous Books in Series: Wicked Designs
Goodreads Description

Can the League’s most wicked rakehell be tamed? Or has this Rogue fallen too far?

The League of Rogues, Book 2

Horatia Sheridan has been hopelessly in love with Lucien, her brother’s best friend, ever since he rescued her from the broken remains of her parents’ wrecked carriage. His reputation as London’s most notorious rakehell doesn’t frighten her, for under his veneer of cool authority she has glimpsed a man whose wicked desires inspire her own.

Lucien, Marquess of Rochester, has deliberately nurtured a reputation for debauchery that makes every matchmaking mother of the ton quake with fear. His one secret: he is torn between soul-ripping lust for Horatia, and the loyalty he owes her brother.

That loyalty is put to the test when an old enemy of the League threatens Horatia’s life. With Christmas drawing near, he sweeps her away to his country estate, where he can’t resist granting her one wish—to share his bed and his heart.

But sinister forces are lurking, awaiting the perfect moment to exact their revenge by destroying not only whatever happiness Lucien might find in Horatia’s arms, but the lives of those they love.

Warning: This book contains an intelligent lady who is determined to seduce her brother’s friend, a brooding rake whose toy of choice in bed is a little bit of bondage with a piece of red silk, a loyal band of merry rogues and a Christmas love so scorching you’ll need fresh snow to extinguish it.
The Bromance
*sigh* Again, the bromine steals the show. This group of men steals my heart. I love them so much that I am foaming at the mouth for more of their stories. Their deep love for one another to protect each other from their shared enemy is so heart-warming. I just can't say enough good things about them except love love LOVE!

The Tension
The conflict with an old enemy continues to be a source of conflict and drives a lot of the plot. Because of this, we find half our beloved characters in Kent with Lucien's family during the Christmas holiday. There, we get the amazing tension between Lucien and Horatia and I loved the give and take of their relationship. Don't get me wrong, some delicious things happen before this *coughMasqueradecough* but I loved the revelations that occurred in their relationship being in Kent with Lucien's family...especially his mother. Oh, my gosh his mother is one of my favorite characters! Funny, manipulative, conniving, I loved everything about her meddling in her children's love lives. It was not only hilarious but effective. The history between Lucien and Horatia is deeply rooted and also complicated. Lucien's confusion as to his real feelings for her was endearing. I loved that Horatia was unrelenting in her feelings no matter how long it took for Lucien to get there. She was steadfast and strong and I loved that about her. Lucien was a hot freaking mess but I still loved him. Typical man, can't blame him really.

The Holiday Cheer
I looooooved that this took place during Christmas. I could feel myself in the old mansion with snow falling on the ground and all the holiday excitement. I loved the funny moments with the snowball fights, it was such a great contrast to all the seriousness of the threat. It created a fantastic atmosphere for the book and I would definitely suggest this as a holiday read. I loved the setting...especially the cabin...*cough*

Reserved Seating
If you love a wounded but strong heroine, a tortured hero, and a sinfully delicious love story...this book's for you.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, this series! I too love the bromance between the men; their friendship is so, so admirable (and reminds me a little bit of the Wallflowers). So happy you enjoyed this book!


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