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A Taste of Seduction (The Disgraced Lords, #5) by Bronwen Evans
Series: The Disgraced Lords #5
Published by Loveswept on August 16th 2016
“Your leaving broke my heart, and it’s been broken ever since.”
FINAL DECISION: This book was a difficult one for me to rate. While I liked parts of it and was deeply engaged, at times I was frustrated by the repeated dramas and the necessity of knowing what has happened in prior books.
THE STORY: Lord Hadley Fullerton, the second son of a duke, had his heart crushed five years ago when the woman he loved, Evangeline Althorpe abandoned him to marry for a title and money. Now when Hadley is on the verge of entering his own marriage, Evangeline has returned. Now a widow, Evangeline insists that she never left Hadley willingly. Hadley doesn’t know what to believe but he knows that he is in danger from the enemy who has been after him and his friends. Danger and secrets abound in this story as Hadley and his friends try to unmask their enemy and Hadley tries to determine the truth of what happened five years ago.
OPINION: This book was a mixed bag for me. I enjoy angst filled stories and this one has great possibilities. Hadley and Evangeline have such a sad story. Even when this story is resolved, there is still some sadness because not everything can be fixed. I didn’t mind this.
The problem is that this book desperately needs a view in the future where readers can be assured that everything is wonderful in the end. Otherwise, there is a lingering sadness that makes the happy ending somewhat tainted. Such an epilogue, however, is impossible with the way this book and series is structured. There is an ongoing storyline about the enemy of the men. This book ends on a cliffhanger as to that story. Therefore, none of the stories in this series are truly resolved yet. My hope is that the final book of the series will resolve all the lingering issues, but that doesn’t help a reader that starts and ends with this book.
I don’t mind a series where there is a continuing storyline that requires the reading of prior books. In fact, I enjoyed this book enough to want to read the prior books in the series and continue on to the next book. For a reader, however, who starts here, there will be some things that are missing or don’t make sense immediately.
I enjoyed the relationship between Hadley and Evangeline. Because there is no real internal conflict between the characters (they loved one another as the book begins and it never ends), there is a lot of external conflict. In order to keep them apart, problem after problem arises. There were just too many things for me. Rather than so many issues, I would prefer that the conflicts be fewer and deeper. I eventually got tired of Hadley and Evangeline not talking to one another for artificial reasons. After a misunderstanding pulls them apart, I would expect that these two would highly desire complete openness between them. Instead, they continue to act independently causing more problems.
So why did I give the book such a good rating? The book has a fascinating story with strong characters. I liked them and wanted to read more. The impulse I had to want to start again from the beginning of the series demonstrates that this book is worth reading. I would just recommend starting the series from the beginning. Once I have read this book again in context, my opinion overall might change.
WORTH MENTIONING: This book ends on a cliffhanger as to the ongoing storyline and sets up the next book.
CONNECTED BOOKS: A TASTE OF SEDUCTION is book 5 in the Disgraced Lords series. I have not read the other books in the series and while I figured most of the ongoing story out, I believe this book would be better after reading the other books in the series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 3 stars.