Title: A Whisper of Desire: A Disgraced Lords Novel
Genre: Historical Romance/Erotic
Author: Bronwen Evans
Publisher: Loveswept, Dec. 1, 2015
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5+
Description from Amazon.com:
Lady Marisa Hawkestone’s nightmare is just beginning when she wakes up naked, with no memory of the night before, lying next to Maitland Spencer, the Duke of Lyttleton—a man so aloof and rational he’s nicknamed “the Cold Duke.” A scandal ensues, in which Marisa’s beloved beau deserts her. As a compromised woman, Marisa agrees to marry Maitland. But on her wedding night, Marisa discovers the one place the duke shows emotion: in the bedroom, where the man positively scorches the sheets. Taught from a young age to take duty seriously, Maitland cannot understand his new wife’s demands on his love and affection. Marisa’s hot-blooded spirit, however, does have its attractions—especially at night. In retrospect, it seems quite silly that he didn’t marry sooner. But being one of the Libertine Scholars requires constant vigilance, even more so when the enemy with a grudge against his closest friends targets Marisa. Now Maitland must save the woman who sets his heart aflame—or die trying.
This is a very well written, very sexy historical romance. I enjoyed it but I do know that some may find the sex a bit over the top. The plot revolves around the fact that Maitland does not want to become a sex addict like his father and he thinks that denying and scheduling sex with his wife will prevent that. Marisa, his wife has other ideas and feels his reticence as rejection. There is also a side story about a villain that has been wreaking havoc with Maitland and his friends, also over the misdeeds of their fathers. I did find it a bit of a stretch that a regency lady would go into a brothel that was for men to have relations with men and that her husband would go along with this. Don’t expect the mystery to be solved in this book although there are many hints and some red herrings.
I recommend this book to all HR readers who enjoy a well written novel with lots of hot sex.