Book 2 in The League of Rogues Series
Genre: Historical Regency Romance
Summary from Goodreads:
Horatia Sheridan has been hopelessly in love with Lucien, her brother’s best friend, ever since he rescued her from the broken remains of her parents’ wrecked carriage. His reputation as London’s most notorious rakehell doesn’t frighten her, for under his veneer of cool authority she has glimpsed a man whose wicked desires inspire her own.
Lucien, Marquess of Rochester, has deliberately nurtured a reputation for debauchery that makes every matchmaking mother of the ton quake with fear. His one secret: he is torn between soul-ripping lust for Horatia, and the loyalty he owes her brother.
That loyalty is put to the test when an old enemy of the League threatens Horatia’s life. With Christmas drawing near, he sweeps her away to his country estate, where he can’t resist granting her one wish—to share his bed and his heart.
But sinister forces are lurking, awaiting the perfect moment to exact their revenge by destroying not only whatever happiness Lucien might find in Horatia’s arms, but the lives of those they love.
Warning: This book contains an intelligent lady who is determined to seduce her brother’s friend, a brooding rake whose toy of choice in bed is a little bit of bondage with a piece of red silk, a loyal band of merry rogues and a Christmas love so scorching you’ll need fresh snow to extinguish it.
Let me start off by saying Lauren Smith has done it again. Lauren has written another must-read-can’t-put-down-love-the-characters-to-pieces book. This book will have you from page 1 and will not let you go until you have turned the last page. From run away carriages to cats stuck in chimneys to duels at dawn there is never a dull moment when the League of Rogues are involved. This book has one of my favorite romance novel tropes man in love with his best friend’s sister. That is the reason I read this book before book 1. Horatia is loyal, intelligent, passionate, a lover of cats and books,and willing to do anything for the man she loves but stay away from him. Lucian are hero is a bad boy rake who loves his family, has been with his far share of women, and has been in love with Horatia for a lot longer than he wants to admit. Lucian is very protective of Horatia and that feeling scares him. I love how Horatia trusts Lucian completely which is one thing that Lucian has always wanted in a woman. One of my favorite things about Lucian is how he is always there for Horatia whenever she needs him no matter how big the problem. Lucian is into a little bondage in the bedroom so if that isn’t your thing just a heads up. Lucian and Horatia have such a strong emotional connection and trust in each other. They are both very passionate people and bring out that in each other. Horatia is always more relaxed around Lucian and not afraid to just be herself with him. They are a perfect match. There are so many wonderful moments in this book between Lucian and Horatia but my favorites happened at Lucian’s country estate when Horatia, her sister Audrey, and brother Cedric go there for the Christmas Holidays. That is when Lucian finally starts to see that he is in love with Horatia. The moment when Lucian finally admits his love for Horatia had me swooning. It was so beautiful. I loved the men vs women snowball fight scene. Audrey, Horatia’s sister is a great character. Her idea to make her brother agree to let her get married had me laughing like a loon, I love all the characters and I mean all of them. They felt like old friends. They all had such depth to them. There is a suspense element running through this series. I say series because that element of the story isn’t concluded in this book. I loved Lady Rochester(Lucian’s mother)trying to matchmake her children. This book just isn’t an amazing heartfelt sexy romance, It focuses on family and friendship as well. All the Rogues are so great and each so unique it is impossible to pick a favorite. I loved that the book was told from so many PoVs. You got to be in most of the Leagues heads at least once. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a book full of love, friendship, family, and suspense.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Content Rating: Mature 17+
Heat Rating: Hot
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