It’s hard to be respectable
Jasper Sinclair, Earl of Saxton, made a bargain with his devil of a father to marry in one month’s time. But instead of shackling himself to an acceptable debutante, he indulges his baser needs. He joins a fighting club and pursues a delectable woman who may not be what she seems. Soon he finds himself battling addictions that threaten his already wicked heart.
When you’d rather be wicked.
Orphaned seamstress Olivia West wants the chance to lead an honest, respectable life, but the arrogant Earl of Saxton launches a daunting campaign to make her his mistress. Destitute and desperate, she agrees to one night with the dangerous lord, hatching a scheme to take his money and keep her virtue. However, Jasper uncovers her deception and vows to claim what he’s owed—not his money, her.
Review: I hate to be the type of person who judges a book by the first page. I mean, who can really know how good a book is going to be by reading a few sentences?
This book started at a brothel. I distinctly remember putting my kindle down, biting my lip and thinking, okay this is either going to be an awesome book where the author is just trying to shock me, or the book is going to traumatize my virgin eyes and I may never be the same again.
I’m happy to say, my eyes are fine, and the author did a beautiful job building the story.
Jasper, the ridiculously overconfident Earl of Saxton was hard for me to like. For many reasons, first of all he propositions a woman on the street for sex after saving her life. Who does that? The whole time he’s lusting after her he’s trying to push away the memory of the one girl he ruined ten years ago. I had trouble with this only because Jasper seemed to be the type of guy that would learn from his mistakes instead of numbing himself to the pain.
Which is exactly what his character does. He goes to brothels, joins a fight club, and leads a nice gentle bred young lady to believe he’s going to propose marriage, and all of this because he messed up so horribly when he was younger that he’s trying to make amends for his actions by marrying a girl of his fathers choosing.
Olivia West is beautiful, unfortunately for her she looks exactly like her deceased mother, who was not only an actress but a famous courtesan. Through a couple of amazing circumstance’s she is thrust into society by none other than Jasper’s dear aunt.
And he has the audacity to judge her for trying to better herself. As much as I wanted to punch him in the face. I couldn’t help but feel for what he was going through. Society expected him to be one thing, his father expected something else, and he was left with nothing left for himself except for the terrible guilt that he would never own up to the man that everyone wanted him to be.
In my mind, Olivia totally changed that. The love story between them was strong, albeit flawed. But it had to be flawed because the two main characters were written as beautifully human characters. Something that, as a regency writer, is very hard to do.
I liked the book a lot. I think the only reason I’m not saying I love it, is because I wanted Jasper to clue in a little sooner and sweep the girl off her feet rather than denying himself the love they could share.
Could I put it down? No
Did I want to cause physical harm to the main character? Yes.
Would I read it again? Probably not, BUT I will say, for a debut series, it is very well written and flows exceedingly well.
If it was possible I would give it 3.75 Roses in bloom 😉
All in all, I look forward to more books by this author and would recommend this book to anyone who wants an interesting twist on a regency romance.
There is some cursing and a few graphic sex scenes.