Title: A Promise Of More (Libertine Scholars)
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Author: Bronwen Evans
Publisher: Random House, Loveswept, April 15, 2014, for e-reader
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
When Beatrice Hennessey sets out to confront Lord Coldhurst, the notorious rogue who killed her brother in a duel, her intent is to save her family from destitution. She’s determined to blackmail the man into a loveless marriage. She’ll make the wealthy Lord Coldhurst pay for the rest of his life. But while greeting his ship, Beatrice takes a tumble into the Thames—only to be fished out by a pair of strong masculine arms that tempt her to stay locked in their heated embrace forever. That is, until she realizes those arms belong to Sebastian Hawkestone, Lord Coldhurst himself. The little drowned mermaid has an interesting proposition indeed; one that Sebastian is surprised to find quite agreeable. Although he’s had women more beautiful, she is pleasing to the eye, and besides, it’s time he fathered an heir. Beatrice promises to be the ideal wife; a woman who hates him with an all-consuming passion is far too sensible to expect romance. However, it isn’t long before Sebastian’s plan for a marriage of convenience unravels, and he’s caught up in the exhilarating undertow of seduction.
This is the second book in the Libertine Scholars Series. Sebastian and Beatrice agree to a marriage of convenience but soon Beatrice is falling in love with her husband and Sebastian wants no part of love. There is a mystery that plays throughout the book but is never resolved in this book, perhaps in the author’s next offering in this series we will solve the mystery. This is a very sensuous romance and unless you like lots of bed-action then you may not like this book. The characters were well drawn and the side characters were intriguing, especially the other Libertine Scholars. This is a standalone book with hints as to what transpired in book #1 and what is to come in future installments in the series.
I would have rated this book higher except I was disappointed in not having the mystery wrapped up in this book.
Libertine Scholars Series:
1. A Kiss of Lies
2. A Promise of More