Fans of Bridgerton will love this feminist, steamy historical romance from award-winning author Anna Harrington.
Brandon Pearce, former brigadier and now the Earl West, is determined to help the girl he once loved save her property and the charity she's been struggling to build. But he'll have to deceive her first...
Twelve years ago, Brandon Pearce had to give up the girl he loved, Amelia Howard. Now Amelia is a grown woman with a past she desperately needs to keep hidden in order to save her brother Frederick's reputation. In an effort to avoid blackmail, Frederick needs to place a list of gentlemen into government positions, and for that, he'll need an ally in Parliament—Pearce.
Pearce has been investigating Scepter, a criminal group the Armory believes is behind the government appointments. Pearce must pretend that he sides with the blackmailer—keeping someone else's secrets—even though it means breaking Amelia's heart. But Pearce is willing to do anything he can for a second chance with her, even when he discovers she's been keeping secrets of her own.
Get out your smelling salts: This sexy Regency romance features a second-chance romance between a former military commander who stubbornly thinks he knows best and a strong-headed heroine who will fight tooth and nail for those she loves.
"As steamy as it is sweet as it is luscious. My favorite kind of historical!"—GRACE BURROWES, New York Times bestselling author, for Dukes Are Forever
"Enchanting…Harrington combines suspenseful mystery and charming romance in this compulsively readable treat."—Publishers Weekly STARRED Review for An Inconvenient Duke
"Harrington is a rising star...plenty of both love and danger."—Booklist STARRED Review for An Inconvenient Duke
"Action, suspense, seduction, and two determined lovers fighting for what is right provide a host of reasons to read well into the night."—Library Journal STARRED Review for An Inconvenient Duke
Former lovers get a second chance in the midst of high-stakes intrigue in Harrington's gripping second Lords of the Armory Regency romance (after An Inconvenient Duke). Brandon Pearce, Earl of Sandhurst, has returned to England after fighting on the continent and now works with his fellow former soldiers to investigate Scepter, a terrorist organization involved in the assassination of government officials. While attending a masquerade, Brandon reunites with Amelia Howard, the woman he was forced to leave behind 12 years ago when her father caught them together. Amelia is trying to uncover who is blackmailing her brother, a member of Parliament, and asks Brandon to help with her plan. But Brandon believes the blackmailers may have links to Scepter and fears for Amelia's safety and to protect her, he'll have to lie to her. Though they're at odds over how to handle the blackmailing, their attraction soon reignites, and Brandon urges Amelia that it's not too late for them to consider a future together. Harrington masterfully marries suspense and romance in a plot rich with strong characters and surprising turns. Readers will be riveted from the very first page.
Action packed and romantic
This is my first book by this author and it will not be my last. I truly loved how it fast paced and full of intrigue the plot was. There was tons of sweet and sexy times between Amelia and Pearce, and they definitely were a joy to read. The plot was complex and exciting and paired well with the second chance romance.I couldn’t put this book down.
A Second Chance
Brandon Pearce, former Brigadier, now Earl of Sandhurst, is one of the Lords of the Armory, a group of former soldiers determined to find the who and what behind a traitorous organization called Scepter. When Pearce’s investigation brings him to the exclusive ball held in celebration of the end of the Parliamentary session, he spies a breathtaking woman across the ballroom and rescues her from the unwanted attention of another gentleman. Pearce and Amelia Howard almost immediately recognize each other. Twelve years ago they were foolish teens caught in a compromising situation and punished by separation. From here the two of them are wrapped up in discovering who is blackmailing Amelia’s brother and why. At the same time, Pearce hopes that he and Amelia will get a second chance to be together.
This is an exciting action-packed story with characters that include the good, the bad, and the dangerous. There is blackmail, betrayal, weird social clubs, secrets, dastardly villains, and tough-as-nails heroes. We learn a good bit more about Scepter, but not who is behind the schemes and exactly what he or they want. The chemistry between Pearce and Amelia is hot. They still love each other. Amelia has a secret that stands between them, but there is hope they will find a solution to the problem, and get their happily ever after. Engaging and fast-paced, this one is hard to put down. I enjoyed it and look forward to what happens next.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My review is voluntary.
A second chance historical romance that is full of danger, action and a captivating romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat. As the hero tries to capture a dangerous criminal organization named Scepter, enemies of the crown and save his one and only true love from a disaster in the making.
Amelia Howard goes to a masquerade ball in the hopes of talking to Sir Charles Varnham with no one around about her brother being blackmailed. But when Amelia’s mask slips she comes face to face with Brandon Pearce her long lost first love. It has been twelve years since she has seen him, the horrible night of her sixteenth birthday a night that changed both of their lives. The same night he came close to taking her innocence. Both of them banished, her to a school in Scotland and him to war.
Now their circumstances are different but she still refuses to trust him with all her secrets but he knows that her brother is the link and he will not let her be in danger ever again, but will her secrets lead to the end for these two possible HEA?
I love Anna Harrington’s words and I recommend this for readers looking for something uniquely different in their romance. This story has it all, mystery, intrigue, heartfelt emotions that will touch your soul and a true love that is epically beautiful in every way and a love that transcend time.