Since "troubled marriages" and "second chance at love" are among my favourite themes in romance novels this seemed right up my alley. Not to mention the angst potential this kind of story has. The heroine has been living in the country alone and the hero has been living in the city. I thought a bit unbelievable that after spending 3 years avoiding her husband and not explaining to him what was really going on that fateful night that Claire suddenly grows a backbone and decides to confront him, tell him the truth and make him do what she wants. But apart from that this it could have still worked for me.
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This began so strong! Till about halfway, the angst level was heartbreakingly satisfying but sadly, it began to sputter thereafter with lack of substance. So an overall 3. Their marriage was arranged before she was even born. Her dowry is a big incentive for him as hes been dependent on his youngest half brother the duke for too long, but he also sees this marriage as a means of establishing his home and hearth, as well as attaining peace and This began so strong!
Till about halfway, the angst level was heartbreakingly satisfying — but sadly, it began to sputter thereafter with lack of substance. While she, poor girl, is very young and running scared of the brooding elder brother of her playmate cum bff the middle brother. Some abusive humiliating behavior later he agrees to let the sisters stay till the sister lands her self a husband.
I loved her completely till the above mentioned half way mark - her innocence, her undemanding nature, her devotion to her sister, her efforts to draw out her aloof husband, her hopes for the future of her marriage and even her obsession with moving around furniture!
In fact her very coldness attracts and soothes him. And then the angst was volcanic! I was actually in tears. So all good and lovely, I mean! The h loses all self respect if she ever had any — there are times when you should show a finger to needlessly cruel and needlessly dumb jerks but she remains sweet and saintly regardless.
The H is a tstl idiot! He loses respect as a H. He needed to go down on his knees and rub his nose in the dirt at her feet! Cooper, the old faithful is adorable.
I see a hea coming up for her in the series.
Passions Of A Wicked Earl (2010)
Historical Romance Back cover copy Known throughout for his prowess in the bedroom, Morgan Lyons, the eighth Earl of Westcliffe, cannot forgive an unpardonable affront to his honor. Discovering his young bride in the arms of his brother was a staggering blow--so he banished the beautiful deceiver to the country and devoted himself to the pursuit of carnal pleasure. Claire Lyons was an innocent, frightened girl on her wedding day, seeking chaste comfort from a childhood friend. Now, years later, she has blossomed magnificently and has returned to London with one goal in mind: the seduction of her notorious husband. Unskilled in the sensual arts, she burns nonetheless for the kisses too long denied her. And she has but one Season to win back the heart of the rogue she betrayed. Living for pleasure, they will give their hearts to no one.
Passions of a Wicked Earl