Series: Regency Sinners #1
Published by Carole Mortimer on April 28th 2017
FINAL DECISION: Very sexy and sex filled novella introduction to a new series. Although the relationship develops really quickly, I enjoyed the interaction between these two characters.
THE STORY: Darius Strong, Duke of Wolferton, has come to investigate Lady Beatrix Hanwell as a possible French spy. He was unhappy to have chosen her from the hat of names because he knows that he will likely have to seduce her and Beatrix is plain and ordinary. Bea has no illusions about her attributes and that is why she is shocked when Darius invites himself to her house party. She is even more shocked when he announces his intention to seduce her. An unhappy marriage left Bea determined to be alone, but Darius tempts the widow.
OPINION: This series has an intriguing premise. Eight men matched by drawing names from a hat with eight women — one of whom is a traitor. Each of the men must do whatever it takes to determine the guilt or innocence of the woman he is charged with investigating.
In this novella, we are introduced to Darius and Bea. These two have no history and Darius is incredibly dismissive of Bea because of her looks. Of course, his pretense of being interested in Bea quickly turns to intense desire. They also end up having past abuse in common. I really enjoyed their interactions as Bea struggles with her intense attraction to Darius but wants to maintain her independence after her miserable marriage.
Bea is opinionated and unwilling to submit to Darius’s demands. She meets him as an equal. This book is packed with sexual exploits but I enjoyed the banter between Bea and Darius the most. Bea is no shrinking violet and although Darius is a dominant alpha male, Bea makes sure that she meets his as an equal.
I enjoyed this novella and look forward to the rest of the series.
WORTH MENTIONING: This book is hot, hot, hot and edges toward erotica. It is short novella with many sexual encounters between the hero and heroine.
CONNECTED BOOKS: WICKED TORMENT is the first book in the Regency Sinners series. The overarching story is about 8 men investigating 8 women one of whom is a spy for Napoleon. So the stories are independent of one another with one overarching story.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.