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Can the League’s most wicked rakehell be tamed? Or has this Rogue fallen too far?
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.
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This book was previously published by Samhain Publishing and is now re-released.
In Smith's disappointing second League of Rogues Regency romance (after Wicked Designs), love is a madness, which must be why Horatia Sheridan is not acting anything like her sensible self. She has been in love with her brother's best friend, Lucien Russell, the Marquess of Rochester, since she was 14, and at the ripe age of 20 she has become tired of his aloofness. Lucien is a rake, with one of the worst reputations in all of London, and Horatia craves the passion he is infamous for. If Horatia had been anyone but his friend's sister, Lucien would have seduced her without a qualm, but Lucien would never do anything to hurt any member of the League of Rogues. Horatia wants him to see her as someone worthy of his love and attention; he is sure he cannot love or be faithful. There is little of Horatia's much-vaunted practicality in this maudlin romance, just poorly thought-out schemes, passionate interludes, and subsequent tears. The bondage scenes are described in great detail, along with Lucien's preference for red silk, but there aren't enough amiable moments outside the bedroom to justify their hot-and-cold relationship. The subplot with Horatia's sister Audrey and her quest to get married is amusing, and the shadowy enemy of the series is still a threat, but the saving grace of this romance is getting to know the other members of the League better.