Title: A Touch Of Passion
Series: The Disgraced Lords #3
Author: Bronwen Evans
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 2 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch Kay
Independent and high-spirited, Lady Portia Flagstaff has never been afraid to take a risk, especially if it involves excitement and danger. But this time, being kidnapped and sold into an Arab harem is the outcome of one risk too many. Now, in order to regain her freedom, she has to rely on the deliciously packaged Grayson Devlin, Viscount Blackwood, a man who despises her reckless ways—and stirs in her a thirst for passion.
After losing his mother and two siblings in a carriage accident years ago, Grayson Devlin promised Portia’s dying brother that he’d always watch over his wayward sister. But having to travel to Egypt to rescue the foolhardy girl has made his blood boil. Grayson already has his hands full trying to clear his best friend and fellow Libertine Scholar of a crime he didn’t commit. Worse still, his dashing rescue has unleashed an unforeseen and undesired consequence: marriage. Now it’s more than Portia he has to protect . . . it’s his battered heart.
Lady Portia Flagstaff is approaching spinsterhood. She’s a bit of a thrill seeker, opinionated and free thinking woman. All of those things are frowned upon by the Ton. Women are supposed to be demure, and basically seen not heard. Portia is anything but those things. She has accepted that her turn downs of suitors have destined her to spinsterhood. She okay with it because she’s been in love with the same man since she was sixteen. The man in question grew up with her family and is her brother’s best friend. He’s also a rake of the highest order and sees her as a little sister.
Lord Grayson Devlin is a wonderful man to his friends and even his lovers. His bedroom reputation is the thing of legends among the Ton. He has five close friends that are like brothers to him. But guilt eats at him. He feels guilty because of things that happened during war. One friend was burned horrifically and his best friend died in his arms on the battlefield. He made a promise to look after his dead friend’s little sister. That sister is Portia and he feels anything but brotherly toward her. When she is unknowingly thrown into the deadly situation along with his fellow Libertine Scholars, he will stop at nothing to protect her. But can he protect her from himself?
I wanted to love this one. I’ve been waiting for 10 months for a great historical romance. This was an okay read but not great. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. I wanted more of the Ton, more of the mystery surrounding the Libertine Scholars and more love. I’m not done with this series though because I’ve got to solve the mystery. I also want to see how the other men in the group are floored by love.
Book given in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.