Thursday, September 19, 2013

Rumors that Ruined a Lady by Marguerite Kaye + Featured Freebie

Rumors that Ruined a Lady
Release date: October 22, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: N/A


Amongst the gossip-hungry ton, no name has become more synonymous with sin than that of Lady Caroline Rider, cast out by her husband and disowned by her family. Rumor has it that the infamous "Caro" is now seeking oblivion in the opium dens of London!

There's only one man who can save her—notorious rake Sebastian Conway, Marquis of Ardhallow. Soon Caro is installed in his country home, warming his bed, but their passion may not be enough to protect them once news of their scandalous arrangement breaks out….

My Rating: 4 Roses

A darker romance that's lovely all the same. Rumors That Ruined a Lady is not your average romance. An already married heroine who we first see dying from opium overdose. A hero who was in love with the heroine but left her. And a truly scandalous romance. This book is very different and that's what made it so wonderful.

Caro has not had the best few years. She fell in love with a rake (Sebastian) but, when her reputation started suffering for the time they spent together, he left for her sake. She was forced into marriage to a cold and cruel man. She finally left her husband and was disowned by her father for it. And, now, to forget all this, she tried to lose herself in opium. Too bad she didn't realize that the amount she took could have killed her. And now she finds herself in the care of the rake who left her. Poor girl can't catch a break. I really liked her. She was very strong and dealt with a lot, but still remained standing. She was a likable character and I thought she was great.

Sebastian was also wonderful. He might have reputation as a rogue, but he really is sweet. It was so adorable how devoted he was to Caro, even when things weren't too good between them. I really liked him. I thought he was a brilliant hero.

The romance was intense. With the feelings left over from their old fling and their new feelings growing, it was a deep and strong romance. And with all that intense longing, it was very sweet. Not to mention the chemistry between these two. Wow, did it get hot between them. All that was made even more intense by the fact that they can't be together completely, considering Caro's marriage. It was a roller coaster of a relationship. I thought they were a lovely couple.

The plot was a weak point in that I wasn't entirely hooked all the way through. I was kept interested but some parts were less interesting than others. But, I was still drawn into the story. This book takes scandal to a whole new level. I was never entirely sure what was going to happen. And the ending. For a while I was unsure if Caro and Sebastian were going to get their happy ending. Things weren't exactly going their way. Even up until the last chapter. But, Ms. Kaye had a trick up her sleeve. And thank goodness for that. I was prepared to throw a huge fit if they didn't get their happy ending. Rest assured, they do, and in a very surprising way.

Rumors That Ruined a Lady was a lovely historical romance. It was different, but in a way that made it even better. Lovers of the genre, this is a book that you definitely don't want to miss.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin for a copy!
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