Andrew Carrington, Earl of Bellingham, believes in being a gentleman, whether it’s fishing a soggy stranger out of the Thames or assisting a fetching lady into his bed. If the stranger becomes a friend and the lady a mistress, all the better. He certainly welcomes the opportunity to help Laura Davenport, a dazzling young widow with a rebellious stepson. Her gratitude, he hopes, will take an amorous form. But from the moment he sets foot in her drawing room, he gets far more than he bargained for …
LEAD THE LADY ASTRAY?
It was a moment of desperation. On the brink of losing her stepson, Laura turned to the notorious Lord Bellingham for help. Suddenly she, a vicar’s daughter, is in the precarious position of resisting his tantalizing advances. How Bell earned his wicked reputation is clear; the surprise is how much more there is to him than the gossip sheets could possibly reveal. Now every moment with this dangerously desirable man puts Laura’s good name at risk-and promises pleasure unlike any she has ever known …
REVIEW: Awhile back Ms. Dreiling published her little novella ‘A Season for Sin’ which is a short introduction into the upcoming series Sinful Scoundrels, and this is where we meet our heroine and her step son as well as get a glimpse into a life of our hero’s aristocratic day-to-day life. I highly recommend you read it first as it is a sort of prequel to ‘What a Wicked Earl Wants’ and I loved it.
‘A Season for Sin’ only hinted of the love story that was to come and I must say I was pleasantly surprised with this grown-up tale of courting and romance.
From reading this author’s earlier work, I knew she can do ‘witty and fun’ characters, yet I wasn’t so sure if she could ‘bring it on’ when it came to a more serious plot and more mature romance. Well, shame on me for doubting her!
I was blown away by the degree of maturity she did bring on! Frankly, I was ready for someone to take a chance on an older, mature couple to tackle some real life problems and do some serious, grown up courting.
Every character in this story is given much care and the plot is interesting and entertaining enough to keep you glued until the end.
Even though this is an adult romance, Ms. Dreiling still manages to infuse the tale with quick, witty dialogue and wonderful prose.
I loved the pairing of Andrew, a first-rate rake, with an aversion to marriage and intimacy issues, with a widow Laura who loved her husband and now is left with a teenage stepson who she loves with all her heart, yet is faced with his restless spirit which can bring an unwanted man to their doorstep.
What made this story even more beautiful was the solid, perfect pace of the story that had the two developing a friendship that bloomed into an affection of the heart.
This is a new series, and if the rest of them are filled with strong and complex characters, witty dialogue and her signature prose, I’m there with bells on!
*Book provided by publisher through NetGalley.