Tuesday, June 19, 2012

One Naughty Night (The Scandalous St. Claires #1) by Laurel McKee

One Naughty Night (The Scandalous St. Claires, #1)
A hundred years has passed since the bitter rivalry between the St. Claires and the Huntingtons began. But in London, the feud goes on...

Under the cover of night, nothing is forbidden.

Lily St. Claire will do anything for the family that saved her from the streets. With their support, the young widow has become the hostess of The Devil's Fancy, London's most exclusive gaming den. She's determined to restore the St. Claire family fortune, lost a century before to the despised Huntington clan. But a ghost from her past may be her ultimate undoing...

Lord Aidan Huntington is handsome and wealthy, with a taste for adventure and a reputation for wickedness. A gambler and a rake, Aidan can't resist a seductive woman with secrets—but one naughty night with Lily leaves him wanting more. As Lily is drawn into London's dark underworld by an old enemy, Aidan will risk everything to save the woman who has awakened his deepest desires.

Absolutely magnificent! One Naughty Night is a book full of romance and thrills, with plot twists you'll never see coming.

Lily was an intensely loyal character, which I really admired. Since the St. Claires took her in, she is loyal to them. This caused her to go along wholeheartedly with the feud. Imagine her surprise when she finds out that she actually likes one of those Huntingtons. Bu that's what was great about her. She didn't stick  with old notions and stubbornly refuse to accept her love for Aidan. But she did feel torn between her two loyalties. I felt for her struggle and I was very happy with the way she settled the internal conflict. I was so glad that she won her happy ending after going through so much in life. Truly, Lily is a character anyone would cheer for.

Aidan was an absolute delight. You never know what to expect from him. To say he was an interesting character is an understatement. I loved how he would do just about anything for Lily. When it was clear that she was in danger, he didn't waste any time taking out whatever was threatening her. It was very sweet. The love between Lily and Aidan was strong and true. Through the very many obstacles put in their way, they would always triumph together. And this could be a deterrent or a benefit, depending on how you like your romance, but the sex scenes were HOT. Like there-must-be-steam-rising-straight-out-of-the-book hot. And there were quite a few of them, more than a standard romance, with a little more variety (dominatrix anyone?). Since the level of the steaminess in higher than average, I think that it merits mention. But, moving back to Aidan, I adored him. He was a perfect, entertaining hero who never does what you expect. It was very fun reading about him.

The plot, as I said earlier, is full of twists. One in particular I never saw coming. It kept the story interesting. The St. Claires were so fun. Lily adoptive siblings were so entertaining. I can't wait to hear their stories. I believe the next one is about Dominic, so I'm excited to hear more about the golden boy. I'm sure it will be fun ;)

So, One Naughty Night is a delightful read. I LOVED it!


Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!

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