Title: A Whisper of Desire
Series: The Disgraced Lords #4
Author: Bronwen Evans
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch Kay
Lady Marisa Hawkstone’s nightmare is just beginning when she wakes up naked, with no memory of the night before, lying next to Maitland Spencer, the Duke of Lyttleton—a man so aloof and rational, he’s nicknamed “the Cold Duke.” A scandal ensues, in which Marisa’s beloved beau deserts her. As a compromised woman, Marisa agrees to marry Maitland. But on her wedding night, Marisa discovers the one place the duke shows emotion: in the bedroom, where the man positively scorches the sheets.
Taught from a young age to take duty seriously, Maitland cannot understand his new wife’s demands on his love and affection. Marisa’s hot-blooded spirit, however, does have its attractions—especially at night. In retrospect, it seems quite silly that he didn’t marry sooner. But being one of the Libertine Scholars requires constant vigilance, even more so when the enemy with a grudge against his closest friends targets Marisa. Now Maitland must save the woman who sets his heart aflame—or die trying.
I loved the first two books in this series, the third one fell flat for me but this one was really good. Lots and lots of suspense. I am liking that less and less in this genre but it totally worked for me here.
As one of the infamous Libertine Scholars, the Duke of Lyttleton is no stranger to scandal. When he’s found in bed with his best friend’s little sister, he’s honor bound to ask for her hand. He’s not upset by it since he talked to her brother about marrying her months before. He needs a wife, an heir and he likes what he knows about Marisa. He is upset that she got drug into the scheme of a madwoman hell bent on revenge against the Libertine Scholars.
Marisa is shocked when she finds herself in bed with the Cold Duke. She was ready to accept an offer from another titled man but then she found out he was a liar. Now she finds herself married to her brother’s best friend and in the middle of a really dangerous situation. The madwoman is closing in and won’t let anyone stand in her way. To make matters worse, Marisa falls in love with her husband but he refuses to accept her love or acknowledge his for her.
I really liked this one. It was exciting, passionate and heartbreaking. Bronwen Evans is pulling out all the stops in this series and I’m thrilled to be along for the ride.
Book given in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.