Thursday, November 28, 2013

Secrets of a Gentleman Escort by Bronwyn Scott

Secrets of a Gentleman Escort
Release date: December 17, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: N/A

He's the talk of the ton for all the wrong reasons!

Society's most outrageous and popular escort Nicholas D'Arcy is renowned for his utmost discretion. So when he suddenly finds himself named and shamed by a jealous husband, he reluctantly accepts a summons to the countryside a fate worse than death!

Annorah Price-Ellis isn't what Nick is used to innocent, feisty and decidedly uncomfortable with the spontaneous heat between them! Suddenly, London's most audacious lover is out of his depth, and in danger of revealing the real man behind the polished facade

Rakes Who Make Husbands Jealous: Only London's best lovers need apply!


My Rating: 5 Roses

Sweet, hot, and a lovely romance. Secrets of a Gentleman Escort was a fantastic historical romance read. I absolutely loved this book!

Annorah was a heroine in a desperate situation. She's a wealthy heiress, but only until her 30th birthday, at which point she loses all her money. The only way to avoid that was to get married by her birthday. She resigned herself to either having to marry someone she doesn't like or having to live without her inheritance and hired a male escort so that she could at least have 5 nights of passion before living the rest of her life in unhappiness. Until they fell in love, she proposed marriage, and things got complicated. I liked Annorah. She was a genuinely kind, likable character. She was strong in a quiet, dignified way, determined to live her life for herself and no one else. And, nothing was going to stop her from getting what she really wanted. I really liked her. I thought she was a lovely heroine.

Nicholas was wonderful hero. He felt enormously guilty for his brother's accident that left him in a wheelchair, seeing the whole things as his fault, which led him to leave to London and began mading his living as a male escort, working with a group of several rakes who fulfill society ladies' every desire. Until he was caught by a husband and had to flee London, taking a job in the country to avoid being called out and ruining the secrecy of the other rakes. When he got to the country, he started to loosen up, remembering his ideal country childhood with his family. He became sweet, lighthearted, and vulnerable, no longer seeing the 5 nights as an act. He was very devoted to Annorah, determined to protect her, no matter the cost to him. He was absolutely wonderful and I adored him.

The romance was lovely. Annorah and Nicholas were so sweet together. Their feelings for each other were always clear and they didn't bother to deny them, though their insecurities caused a few obstacles. And, the heat between them was off the charts. Their were some steamy scenes that had me fanning my face. I thought they were perfect together.

The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect. I don't know if this will be a series, but I hope it will because I would love to see the other rakes get their happy endings. Fingers crossed!

Secrets of a Gentleman Escort was a brilliant historical romance. I absolutely loved it and truly enjoyed reading it. The romance was sweet and steamy, the story was engaging, and it was perfect all around. Lovers of romance, you have to read this book.

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*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


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