Title: A Wicked Pursuit: A Breckonridge Brothers Novel
Genre: Historical Romance (Georgian)
Author: Isabella Bradford
Publisher: Ballentine Books, Feb 25, 2014
Source: Free For review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
….new trilogy, three noble brothers—London’s most scandalous rakes—are about to do the unthinkable: settle down. Harry Fitzroy, Earl of Hargreave, is the first to meet his match and lose his heart . . . to a lady who’s not all what he expected.
As the eldest son of the Duke of Breconridge, Harry Fitzroy is duty-bound to marry—and marry well. Giving up his rakish ways for the pleasures of a bride’s bed becomes a delightful prospect when Harry chooses beautiful Lady Julia Barclay, the catch of the season. But a fall from his horse puts a serious crimp in his plans. Abandoned by Julia before he can propose, the unlucky bachelor finds himself trapped in the country in the care of Julia’s younger sister.
Harry has never met a woman like Lady Augusta. Utterly without artifice, Gus is clever and capable, and seems to care not a fig for society. After a taboo kiss awakens passion that takes them both by surprise, Harry realizes he’d almost given his heart to the wrong sister. While London tongues wag, he’ll use his most seductive powers of persuasion to convince the reluctant Gus that she belongs with him—as his equal, his love, his wife.
I wanted to love this book. After all the author has written other historical romances as well as historical fiction as Susan Holloway. I am a huge fan of her blog she shares with author Loretta Chase that has all manner of interesting posts on fashion and mores of the 18th and19th century. http://twonerdyhistorygirls.blogspot.com
So what went wrong for me with this book? The writing was good, the characters appealing but the plot just fizzled. The ending I would characterize as anti-climatic except that a climax was missing altogether. I have rated the book as “okay” because the main characters are so well drawn and the attention to period detail was exceptionally done.