Series: Disgraced Lords, Book 5
Release: 16 August 2016
Publisher: Random House – Loveswept
Cost: $3.99 (Amazon Kindle)
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥ for enjoyable characters with good chemistry & non-stop action
**advance reader copy received via NetGalley**
Lady Evangeline Stuart chose to wed a tyrant with a title, or so society believes. That was five years ago—five long years that she could have spent with her first and only love: Lord Hadley Fullerton, the second son of the Duke of Claymore. Now Evangeline is a widow, and her soul cries out for Hadley. But when they see each other at last, everything has changed. The passion in his eyes has been corrupted by betrayal. Somehow Evangeline must regain Hadley’s trust—without revealing the secret that would spoil the seduction.
Hadley is determined not to be distracted by Evangeline. He and the other Libertine Scholars are in pursuit of an enemy who has been striking at them from the shadows, and Evangeline’s mere presence could be dangerous. But with one smile, one touch, one taste of Evangeline’s lips, Hadley’s resolve is overpowered by far more pleasant memories. As the two enter into a discreet affair, Hadley vows to give her his body, never his heart. That, she will have to earn.
This is Evans’ fifth book in her Disgraced Lords series, and the vengeful machinations of the evil Fleur de Lily against the Libertine Scholars have not lost momentum. This tale focuses on Lord Hadley and Evangeline, representing a first love denied and classic examples of how family sometimes only means related by blood. I enjoy this series, even though I found some of the actions of this villainess to be beyond horrifying at moments. I will say that this book benefits most from reading the previous four books in the series, though it can be read and appreciated as a standalone if you are the type of reader who can just go with the flow. Hadley and Evangeline make a great couple, and I am glad they got their second chance at a happily ever after. As to the trope that wiggles its way through the story…I have a guilty admission: I love a little trope action every now and then. This author is not afraid to wield the trope – we saw it in book four. Fans of the series and author will not be disappointed at all. Readers new to the series/author may rate it lower, but I was happily entertained.
Find my review of book four, A Whisper of Desire, here.