Genre: Historical Romance (#1 The Scandalous Brides series)
Author: Suzanne Enoch
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, 2011
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
All of London is abuzz with the return of the utterly alluring, recently widowed Diane Benchley. Will she remarry? What will she do with her late husband’s fortune? Sociey is shocked by her announcement—at the Grand Ball, of all places!—that she plans to open an exclusive gentleman’s gaming club in the family mansion. But no one is more stunned than the Marquis of Haybury, Oliver Warren.
Years ago, Oliver and Diane shared a private indiscretion. Now Diane threatens to reveal Oliver’s most ungentlemanly secrets…unless he agrees to help her. A notorious gambler—and rake—Oliver is overqualified to educate Diane in the ways and means of running her establishment. But striking a deal with Diane might just be the biggest risk Oliver has ever taken. This time, the only thing he has to lose is his heart…
I have been reading this series out of order. Each book is self contained although there are mentions of characters from previous books. That is neither here nor there with this book since it is number one in the series. I do mention it because if I had read this one first I may not have continued on to read the other two books in the series. Don’t get me wrong, this is a good read…and here comes the “But”….but I never got to like the characters of Diane and Oliver. Somehow I just have to like the hero and heroine in order to enjoy the book. Oliver, a gambler and rake, seemed way too willing to be pushed around by Diane and Diane was a ridged, bitter woman who never seemed to cut him some slack. The story has merit and does set up the characters for the second and third book.
In each book of the series we are introduced to women with a scadalous past. I enjoyed the second book, TAMING AN IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE (review , October 24,2012), as well as the third book, RULES TO CATCH A DEVILISH DUKE (review on Monday Nov. 12,2012). Thinking that these women of scandalous notoriety can marry such high born lords in the Regency Era is stretching credulity. But it is my guess that we HR lovers are willing to give that circumstance a bye when the story is good. And in this series the stories are good.
The Scandalous Brides Series:
1. A Beginner’s Guide to Rakes
2. Taming an Impossible Rogue
3. Rules To Catch a Devilish Duke