Series: Regency Unlaced #8
Published by Smashwords Edition on December 20th 2016
FINAL DECISION: A sexy novella that has interesting characters and which I found to be a fun little read. One of the better stories in this series, this novella manages to pack in a whole bunch of story and a developing relationship between Bella and Lysander in its few pages.
THE STORY: Bella Reynolds is under the thumb of her older brother who uses her younger sister to compel Bella to give in to his wishes. Bella ends up engaged to Lord Lysander Falkner, Marquis of Trent who is jaded by all the women who have tried to get him to marry them. Unwillingly betrothed, Bella knows that Lysander has no reason to trust her and yet forces are conspiring against them.
OPINION: I found this story very appealing. Perhaps it is the idea that Bella and Lysander are such good people who end up agreeing to a marriage of convenience that quickly becomes a passionate love match.
This is a novella so I’m judging it on that basis. The character development is not as deep as I would expect in a full length novel and the story is not as well fleshed out. But there is something fun and compelling about this story. I loved these two people who are both hurt by their past.
Lysander is an illegitimate son turned heir to a duke (yes, improbable) — a common man raised to the heights of title. Bella is a woman who has been used by her brother to advance his own agenda. She knows that she cannot hope for a happy marriage with children because of her past.
As is true with all the Regency Unlaced series, the focus with these characters is on their sexual attraction at first. This book manages to be hot while also making it clear that these two go have emotional possibilities with one another.
The plot is enough to keep the book moving but not so much as to take away from the focus on Bella and Lysander’s relationship.
This was a good read. I found it enjoyable, I liked the characters and there was enough heat to make the story interesting.
WORTH MENTIONING: If you want total historical accuracy in your historicals, you can pass on this one. But if you value characters and an interesting story over details, you might give this one a try.
CONNECTED BOOKS: SEDUCED BY A MARQUIS is the eighth book in the Regency Unlaced series. This book stands on its own although there are overlapping characters.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.