Title: A Whisper of Desire
Author: Bronwen Evans
Series: The Disgraced Lords #4
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, 300 pages
Publication Date: December 1st 2015
**I received this ARC via Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review.**
Sensual heat melts the ice in the new Disgraced Lords novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans, as a marriage of convenience leads to delightful pleasure—and mortal danger.
Lady Marisa Hawkestone’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 absolutely love The Disgraced Lords series and this book did not disappoint. Marisa is in love with Lord Rutherford and is anxiously awaiting his proposal. While at a ball, her brother’s best friend, Maitland, catches Lord Rutherford with his mistress talking about how he is only going to marry Marisa for her money. The next morning Marisa wakes up naked, with no memory, next to Maitland.
To prevent a scandal, Marisa must make a choice: ask for Rutherford’s forgiveness and deal with the scorn or marry Maitland and let the scandal disappear. She decides to marry Maitland even though she swore she would only marry for love. The passion that ensues between them in the bedroom is scorching hot.
A Disgraced Lords book wouldn’t be complete without the villainess, who we don’t know the identity of, trying to kill one of the Libertine Scholars or their loved ones. She goes after Marisa to get to Maitland, so now he must do everything in his power to make sure she remains safe.
Marisa might be my favorite female in this series so far. She’s spunky and doesn’t let anyone tell her what she’s going to do. She has a kind heart and genuinely wants to help people. She has insecurities about Maitland and his feelings for her but I think most women have doubts at some point.
Maitland has a very difficult past to overcome and I was overjoyed when he finally opened up to Marisa about it. She finally made him see that the past wasn’t his fault and that he could overcome it.
I can’t wait for the next book in the series! I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical romance with steamy scenes.
Rating: 5 stars