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A Reckless Desire…
Lady Clarissa Bevington is in trouble. A reckless indiscretion has left her with two choices: ruin her family with the scandal of the Season, or marry Mr. Kincraig, the notorious scoundrel mistaken as her lover. Desperate and disgraced, Clarissa vows to love and cherish a veritable stranger, a man whose eyes smolder with danger—and undeniable desire…
An Unexpected Arrangement
As an agent for the Crown, Lord Donovan Blackmer has spent the last two years guarding Clarissa's grandfather from an unknown assassin while disguised as the rakehell Kincraig. His mission may now be over, but his duty has just begun. Salvaging his beautiful, impetuous wife's virtue will cost him his fortune and his position as an officer—but it might save him from the ghosts that haunt his own past. When their marriage "in name only" leads to exquisite seduction, Donovan must risk the only thing he has left to lose . . . his heart.
Goodreads | Source: E-arc provided via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review
I’m not a huge fan of historical romance. I tend to like the unconventional stories with a lot of humor or ones that go against the uptight, societal grain. A request to review Never Surrender to a Scoundrel caught my eye mainly because the hero is posing as a rake but is really an agent for the crown. It sounded super sexy and intriguing. It was, but there was so much more to love about this story.
Lady Clarissa is a very different kind of heroine. She’s neither the typical virgin nor a feisty rebel. She’s just a girl in love that finds herself in a very bad situation but has a strong sense of right, wrong and duty.
Lord Donovan finds himself accidentally coming to her rescue but at great risk to his future and all that he has spent years working for.
Things aren’t as the appear for either of them and what starts out as a misunderstanding - turned forced arrangement leads to friendship, respect and maybe even love.
Oh these two! Such a wonderful, complicated, unconventional, slow building romance. I was surprised at the path the author took for Clarissa and Donovan. I don’t think I’ve read anything like it before. I don’t want to say more because it would be too spoilery but I’ll just say that what they overcome shows a depth of character and loyalty that I adored reading about.
There’s a bit of mystery towards the end and while it ratcheted up the action, I thought the way it was resolved got a tad convoluted but not enough to take away from how much I loved it overall.
I definitely want to read more by this author in the future.
Lily Dalton grew up as an Army brat, moving from place to place. Her first stop after relocating was always the local library, where she could hang out with familiar friends: Books! Lily has an English degree from Texas A & M University and after graduation worked as a legal assistant in the fields of accident reconstruction and litigation. She now lives in Houston, Texas, with her family. When she isn't at work on her next manuscript, she spends her time trying out new recipes, cheering on her favorite Texas football teams and collecting old dishes, vintage linens and other fine "junque" from thrift stores and flea markets. website | Facebook
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