When faced with losing his inheritance, notorious rake Lord Julian Luvington sets his sights on Lady Sarah. She’s as respectable as they come—just what his father ordered. However, the lady shall not be easily won.
She’s determined to marry for love or not at all, and she’ll do anything to obtain the freedom granted to men. A blackguard like Lord Luvington could destroy her hard-won reputation, but marriage to him also offers her the opportunities she can’t achieve on her own. What’s a lady to do?
When Lord Luvington refuses to abandon his pursuit, Lady Sarah proposes an arrangement. Only, the price may be more than either bargained for. Lady Sarah could lose more than her social standing, and Julian could lose his heart.
Review: I am a sucker for historical romance and when I saw this one that was up for grabs I took hold and wouldn’t let go. Luckily I was up to date on my reviews and I hadn’t tapped out on the amount of reviews I needed to get done, and so I lucked out on getting this one.
This is book two in the Ladies and Scoundrels series. I hadn’t read the first book in the series and I was able to follow along with the plot of the book. The author gave lots of details so that the reader could follow along and not be confused. I really love that. I hate when I realize I’m right in the middle of a series and I can’t follow along and understand the plot. Not with this book. By the way, if any of the readers are curious, I took a peek at the authors first book (Scandalous Endeavors), and it looks super good. I might have to give that a try.
What stood out for me right from the beginning was that the reader got an inside peek at Julian’s inner thoughts. We got to know what he was thinking, how he was feeling, how nervous he was exposing his feelings to Sarah, and how frustrated he was with his father and his expectations. It’s not common to “hear” the male protagonists inner thoughts and I loved it.
I liked Julian as well. He’s a genuinely good guy. He has a soft heart and wants to please the people he holds dear. He’s not a wimp at all, he just cares deeply about the people he loves.
Sarah knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to wait for an eternity to ensure that she gets it. She’s not a difficult person, she just knows what she wants and won’t compromise for anything less then what she desires. I love that about her. She’s another one that cares deeply for the people she loves and desires someone to see her inner qualities, her inner beauty if you will.
If Victorian romance is your thing, then I suggest you give Ms. Amanda Mariel a try, her books are entertaining, and she makes the reader cheer for her characters to have a happy ending. I hope you cheer for her characters.