Title: A Pledge of Passion (The Rules of Engagement, book #2)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Victoria Vane
Publisher: Vane Publishing LLC, May 16, 2016 E-book (also available in Paperback)
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
Only a madman makes a promise in the heat of passion… During a midnight tryst in a moonlit garden, Nicolas Needham fell in love—only to walk away. As a younger son with few connections, his pride demanded that he better his circumstances before paying his suit to Lady Mariah. When Nicolas is finally given the opportunity he needs to advance—by negotiating a contract of matrimony on his employer’s behalf—he is shocked to learn that the intended bride is the same woman to whom he once pledged himself. And only a fool believes him…. Mariah Morehaven has lived a quiet, almost reclusive life in the country. While she accepts that marriage is her unavoidable destiny, as a baroness in her own right, and heir to one of the oldest and land-rich estates in England, she fears becoming the target of fortune hunters. After entrusting her cousin, Lydia, to help her find a suitable match, Mariah is devastated to discover that the man sent to negotiate for her hand is the very same who broke her heart.
What’s a woman to do when she pledges to wait for a man and then he backs out at the last minute? Well, Mariah plans to marry an eligible gentleman, that is if her heart ever spots breaking over Nick. Nick has caused Mariah no end of heartbreak and that alone made me not very fond of him. He was putting his career above his love for Mariah, and although well intentioned, I couldn’t help thinking he was making a mistake.
Victoria Vane has given us another well written, steamy book. This is a quick read, only 199 pages so it can be finished in one day which I’m sure you may put all calls on voicemail so you can keep reading. It is predictable and I did want for some greater tension but it is still a good story. I’m a fan of this author since she can write interesting Historical Romances as well as Contemporary. This one I can recommend for a quick, light read that will take you back to the glorious 1800’s where men thought of being honorable and ladies wanted honorable men.
Deet’s note: Ladies still want honorable men but I’m not so sure the men hold this value as highly as the women. Just my personal observation. Maybe I’m wrong. What do you think?