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For a limited time A NIGHT OF FOREVER, book #6 in the Disgraced Lords series is on sale for $1.99

Distrust is no match for desire as a proper young miss and a self-professed rogue hunt down a murderer in this thrilling Disgraced Lords novel from the USA Today bestselling author of A Kiss of Lies and A Taste of Seduction.
 
Arend Aubury trusts no one besides his fellow Libertine Scholars. After his family escaped from France, penniless and persecuted, only the Scholars took him in. So when the stepdaughter of the villainess who has been plotting against them approaches Arend with allegations against their enemy, he suspects a double cross. Yet Isobel is a tantalizing prize, with lips as sweet as champagne and skin as creamy as Camembert. Is she a feast for the senses—or a bitter trap?
 
Lady Isobel Thompson dreams of marrying an honorable gentleman with a spotless reputation, a trait that Arend seems to lack completely. But Isobel believes that her stepmother is responsible for her father’s death, and only Arend has the skills to uncover the truth. As a cover, Arend suggests a fake betrothal—and soon Isobel finds herself forgetting that their courtship is a ploy. He’s so different from the man of her fantasies, and yet he’s so terribly handsome, so dangerously intoxicating—and all Isobel wants is more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excerpt: 

Arend turned back to Isobel. “May I have the pleasure of this dance, Lady Isobel?”

Her eyes narrowed. “Did my stepmother put you up to this?”

Interesting. That response he had not expected. Isobel was not dazzled by his attention. He appeared to be losing his touch.

He gave her one of his most seductive smiles and took her gloved hand, running his thumb over her palm. “No. I spied you from across the room and did not wish to miss the chance to dance with the most beautiful woman here tonight.”

To his surprise her prickly demeanor did not melt.

“I’m sorry,” she said. “But my dance card is full.”

She was lying. He knew that, and she knew he knew, or her partner would be here to take her onto the floor.

Annoyance flickered to interest. She’d expect him to do the polite thing and bow out, did she? Then the lovely Lady Isobel had a lot to learn about him. Her education might as well start now.

He made a show of glancing around. “It would appear your partner has been detained.” And he held out his arm. Unless she caused a scene, there was little she could do but take it.

She did not take it. Instead, she smiled sweetly. “I’m sorry, Lord Labourd, but I’m sure you’ll understand if I cry off accepting your . . . kind invitation. My feet are dreadfully sore. New slippers, I’m afraid. However—” She turned to her friend. “—I’m sure Lady Cassandra will be my savior and partner you instead. Since you seem so eager to dance.”

To Arend, the defiance in her gaze, in her stance, was a challenge incarnate. She might have won this battle but she would not win the war. Too many people’s lives depended on his success. The lives of the people he cared about most. Since he was estranged from the only family he had left, his vicar brother, he would claw through the devil’s own flames to protect his friends.

A jolt of pure desire sizzled through Arend at the prospect of pitting his wits against this lovely adversary. It would be a most challenging seduction.

He took a step toward her, so their bodies brushed. She trembled. It annoyed him how that slight touch aroused him so swiftly.

Isobel moved quickly, almost pushing her thunderstruck friend forward. Caught by surprise, he caught the other young lady’s arm so she didn’t fall—and that was how he found himself escorting the wrong debutante onto the dance floor.

Furious at being outmaneuvered, Arend bit the inside of his cheek to stop a curse spilling out of his mouth.

If Isobel had no secrets, she would not be so determined to keep him at arm’s length. He was going to uncover those secrets and do whatever it took to stop Victoria. Or die trying.

 

Here’s what one reviewer on Goodreads had to say (4.10 Goodreads 290 ratings)

Review 5 STARS: Arend Aubury would do anything to keep a madwomen from hurting his friends. As such, he is willing to seduce the stepdaughter of the woman responsible for tormenting him and his friends for something their fathers did. Arend figures that by seducing Isobel Thompson he will either have an ally against her stepmother or learn that Isobel is in league with her mother and can than use her to bring down the woman that way. Unfortunately for Arend, he can’t help be attracted to Isobel and this makes his judgement unclear, as he has learned the hard way from his past to never trust a beautiful woman. Will Arend learn that not all beautiful women are evil, in time to finally receive the love he deserves or will he lose everything including his life to a madwomen?

I really enjoyed reading this story. I have to admit that this was the book in the Disgraced Lords Series that I was really looking forward to reading. Arend is so different from all of the other Libertine Scholars. Even though they have all had hard times even without someone trying to destroy their lives, they are still fairly happy go lucky guys. Arend on the other hand is dark and brooding and rarely seems very happy. As such, I was really looking forward to reading his story and finding out what made him so different from his friends. I’m not going into details on his back story, but I will say it does explain a lot about Arend.

I loved reading the love story between Arend and Isobel. With Arend’s back story explained it’s easy to see why he would have such a hard time finding love and as such I just wanted to see him find it even more. The chemistry between these two was evident from the beginning, but Arend and his trust issues made things complicated. He was determined to prove she was just like her stepmother, while Isobel just wanted to help him not only capture her stepmother, but to also help him overcome his past and his trust issues. It had me rooting for Isobel and her quest to get Arend. 

Also I could not wait to see what happened with the villainess. She has been so evil that I could not wait to see her get her comeuppance. Also it just added to the action of the story. Arend has been the one to give her such a run for her money that it made sense that it would be him that brought her down in the end. 

I recommend this book to people who enjoy a romance with action added for extra entertainment. I also recommend reading the other books in this series before reading this one since it is the end of the series and you are missing a lot of information if you do not read the others. – CANDY.

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“Lord Clevedon, my lady,” Digby announced before retiring and leaving the door open.

His lordship entered the room as if he was visiting a close relative and was assured of his welcome.
He approached and bowed low over her hand, and the rioting in her stomach grew worse. It was not caused by the handsome face smiling down at her, but at the audacity of her plan.

Her back stiffened and she stayed seated. Her eyes traveled up the length of him, and like a mouse eyeing the cheese in the trap, she sighed, the conversation to come was not a good idea.

“Lady Penelope Fisherton, thank you for receiving me. I realize we have not been formally introduced but you left the auction so quickly the other day, proper introductions were not completed.”

How like a man to ignore society’s rules and make it sound as if it was her fault.

“I must admit, my lord, I’m surprised at your visit. You won the painting so it cannot be about that.”
“May I?” he asked, indicating a chair.

“Of course, please sit. Digby, some tea for his lordship or perhaps you’d prefer a glass of brandy?” Brandy for the dandy her mother always used to say. Lord Clevedon did not look like a dandy. She shivered. He looked—it did not matter how he looked, and she pulled the summoning bell harder than necessary.

He sat in one smooth, gliding motion, like a sleek black panther prowling the undergrowth. His long legs, showcased in tight trousers and polished Hessians, made the chair look tiny. He touched his perfectly starched white cravat. Was he nervous? Her confidence surged.

“I’d prefer tea, thank you, lemon no sugar.”

Her mother had also told her never to show surprise. “Should I be flattered that you have tracked me down? I wonder what brings you to my door. Let me just say up front that I’m not looking for any kind of dalliance if you have found out about my scandalous past. I assure you it will never be repeated.”

He laughed and it sent a shiver over her skin. The sound brushed the fine hairs on her arms like a whisper. “Scandalous past? Hardly.” He looked her right in the eyes, holding her gaze. “I’m sure compared to my reputation the Pope would confuse you with a nun.”

Why did he have to be honest? In her experience most men bent on seduction did not broadcast their sordid reputations. A thought stuck. Lord Clevedon had not been in England eight years ago when she’d made the biggest mistake of her life; perhaps he had not heard of her scandalous past.

She paused drinking her tea sure he would note her shaking hands. Eyes that were framed with thick, dark lashes making the brown look almost black in color studied her intently. She wanted to shake her head to clear the vision of male beauty before her, but didn’t dare show any weakness.

Surely, he must have heard about her past because she had heard all about his from her one true friend, Lady Charlotte. If he had learned where she stayed while in London, he would also have been told her sorry, scandal-ridden tale.

Charlotte had shared the scandalous tales of Lord Clevedon’s life with her when they were making a list of men Penelope could approach. Charlotte also knew he was one of only a handful of men who had the skills and affront to help her.

She picked up her teacup, her mind locked steady. “Then perhaps you could share the reason for your visit.”

He gave her a smile that would melt snow, and probably most women’s hearts. “I’m here to gift you the painting.”

Excitement burst deep within her. This was her chance. “There are only two problems with your kind offer.” She put her teacup down again and tried to steady her shaking hands. “One, men bearing gifts to a woman such as me are looking for something in return, usually me in their beds, and that will never happen. Two”—and she sat back in her chair for this—“I don’t want the painting. I never did. Why would I need a painting of a sunrise when I see the most glorious sunrise from my bedchamber window every morning?”

The look of confusion that momentarily flashed across his handsome face was priceless. He sat up and uncrossed his long limbs. “Then why did you bid on it?”

She hesitated, her bravery vanishing like a fog as the sun rose. Finally, she gave herself a bit of a shake and uttered the words that would change everything. “Because I knew you wanted it.”

His mouth fell open before he quickly closed it. Eyes narrowing, he leaned forward, “And why was that important?”

She shrugged, trying to portray an air of nonchalance. “I needed something you wanted. Unfortunately, you seemed prepared to pay an exorbitant sum for the painting. I suspect you would have kept bidding regardless of the price. Why did you want the painting so badly?”

“It is beautiful, is it not? The way Wilson captured the sunrise.”

“I suppose, but it cannot compete with a real sunrise.”

“Can it not? Whoever owns the painting can view a spectacular sunrise every minute of the day. I can see it at night long after the real sunrise has died.”

How odd. “If one sees something on a continuous basis one often ends up taking it for granted. I love the idea that I have to take the time to admire the sunrise before it is gone.”

“Perhaps I’m greedy. I want to surround myself with beauty every minute of the day. Pulchritudo latet in omnibus.”

She had never learned Latin. “What does that mean?”

“Beauty lies in all things.”

She wanted to argue but understood it would be pointless. She suspected a young chimney sweep did not view the soot clinging to his clothes, hair, and skin as beauty. “Still, your pursuit of the painting means I have nothing I can use. I have nothing you want.”

He flopped back in his chair, the rakish smile back on his face. He gave a deep chuckle. “My lady, you most definitely have something I want.” His eyes indecently traveled over her as she sat in her chair pretending his presence did not fire up her body in ways she’d hoped would never be fired up again.

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Destined to go blind, a rake sets his sights on the toast of society, lighting a fire of passion that scorches the night, in this captivating novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans.

Stephen Hornsby, the Marquess of Clevedon, has one goal: to see every exquisite thing he can before he goes blind. His greatest joy, watching a woman shuddering in the throes of passion, will be gone. But before the darkness descends, he is determined to seduce a magnificent widow, Lady Penelope Fisherton. Unfortunately, his rakish reputation has preceded him; Lady Penelope spurns his advances. Being a man who relishes a challenge, however, her reluctance adds only luster to his desire for the last beautiful sight he’ll ever see.

Considered the belle of London society, Lady Penelope was married to a scoundrel who cared for no one but himself. Now that she’s free, she wants nothing to do with love, passion, or desire—emotions that abandoned her with a cruel husband. So why does her body react when Stephen smiles? As much as she’d like to avoid the rogue, her brother-in-law wants her fortune, and he’ll kill to get it. Stephen is willing to help, but he’ll take only one thing in return: Her. In his bed.

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