Saturday, December 19, 2015

#REVIEW 5 Stars for A WHISPER OF DESIRE by Bronwen Evans

A Whisper of Desire: A Disgraced Lords Novel

Sensual heat melts the ice in the new Disgraced Lords novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans, as a marriage of convenience leads to delightful pleasure—and mortal danger.

Lady Marisa Hawkestone’s nightmare is just beginning when she wakes up naked, with no memory of the night before, lying next to Maitland Spencer, the Duke of Lyttleton—a man so aloof and rational he’s nicknamed “the Cold Duke.” A scandal ensues, in which Marisa’s beloved beau deserts her. As a compromised woman, Marisa agrees to marry Maitland. But on her wedding night, Marisa discovers the one place the duke shows emotion: in the bedroom, where the man positively scorches the sheets.

Taught from a young age to take duty seriously, Maitland cannot understand his new wife’s demands on his love and affection. Marisa’s hot-blooded spirit, however, does have its attractions—especially at night. In retrospect, it seems quite silly that he didn’t marry sooner. But being one of the Libertine Scholars requires constant vigilance, even more so when the enemy with a grudge against his closest friends targets Marisa. Now Maitland must save the woman who sets his heart aflame—or die trying.


Not a light romance, this is the story of one of the  Libertine Scholars, Maitland Spencer, the Duke of Lyttleton and Lady Marisa Hawkestone.  A remote man, Maitland's nature has been formed by a bitter childhood. He keeps himself on a tight rein, from which his lady wife is determined to free him. Marisa, an emotional, loving lady, seeks intimacy and struggles to understand the man she is forced to marry after being compromised. Tragedy strikes when the two join forces to counter a dangerous foe. 
The powerful story gives readers that HEA, but when it comes it is not what one might expect. There's a lot of heartbreak and action in this one. The well-drawn characters are flawed but are loyal friends who back each other up when need be, and work together to find the mysterious lady who is a blight to their lives.There are several riveting, love scenes that sizzle!
I did question one small thing and that was Maitland permitting Marisa to take part in a dangerous escapade. It's merely a quibble though, and did not spoil my enjoyment of the book.
Evans has a unique style and richly deserves all the accolades.

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