Title: The Disgraced Lords #3: A Touch of Passion
Author: Bronwen Evans
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Genre: Historical, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours
In the latest Disgraced Lords novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans, a vivacious thrill seeker clashes with her dutiful defender—causing irresistible sparks to fly.
Independent and high-spirited, Lady Portia Flagstaff has never been afraid to take a risk, especially if it involves excitement and danger. But this time, being kidnapped and sold into an Arab harem is the outcome of one risk too many. Now, in order to regain her freedom, she has to rely on the deliciously packaged Grayson Devlin, Viscount Blackwood, a man who despises her reckless ways—and stirs in her a thirst for passion.
After losing his mother and two siblings in a carriage accident years ago, Grayson Devlin promised Portia’s dying brother that he’d always watch over his wayward sister. But having to travel to Egypt to rescue the foolhardy girl has made his blood boil. Grayson already has his hands full trying to clear his best friend and fellow Libertine Scholar of a crime he didn’t commit. Worse still, his dashing rescue has unleashed an unforeseen and undesired consequence: marriage. Now it’s more than Portia he has to protect . . . it’s his battered heart.
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While I love a fiercely independent historical heroine and I've come to appreciate their unconventional habits and straightforwardness, I've also come to expect a certain level of bravery from them. Portia possessed that in spades.
It was part of her appeal. Oh, sure, her bluestocking ways were frowned upon by the ton, but, seriously, who cared? She was beautiful and intelligent, bold as brass and willing to defy convention to follow her heart. That kind of gumption made her cider business a success when men of her time didn't think a woman was meant to be more than biddable, pretty, and a baby maker.
Then she was kidnapped and sold to a harem, and one of the only men who could save her was Grayson.
Grayson was everything I could want in a hero: handsome, brave, intelligent. But he also drove me crazy. For all of his worldly experience with women, he knew that none affected him like Portia. Physical attraction was mutual, but love was completely one-sided for most of this story. Grayson struggled to come terms with what he felt for Portia and what she wanted from him, a byproduct of having lost his family at a young age. His heart had been shattered by the devastating loss. Add to that the nightmare of watching Portia's brother die and another friend burn on the battlefield, and it was easy to understand why he was unwilling to share his heart with the only woman he wanted.
Through the ups-and-downs of their relationship, as they struggled to come to some sort of understanding, Portia, Grayson and his fellow Libertine Scholars had to deal with someone hell bent on taking out each and every Libertine Scholar by any means necessary. The mystery behind the assailant and his/her minions built steadily throughout the book, but Ms. Evans doesn't reveal who the assailant is at the end.
Passion for one another might be where Portia and Grayson started, but it isn't where they ended because it wasn't enough. Their love for one another couldn't just be shown, it needed to be said. It's then and there that their separate lives come together, when the future becomes clearer.
Ms. Evans has done a terrific job of bringing the mighty Libertine Scholars to their knees as they fall in love and allow themselves to be loved. A beautiful and moving story, this is a great addition to The Disgraced Lords series and leaves me anxiously awaiting the next installment.
USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She has always indulged her love of storytelling and is constantly gobbling up movies, books, and theater. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer? Evans is a two-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.