Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Wickedest Lord Alive by Christina Brooke

The Wickedest Lord Alive (The Westruthers, #3)
Release date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: The Westruthers #3

Can an Indecent Proposal

Eight years ago, a tall, handsome stranger entered Lady Alexandra’s bedchamber and consummated a marriage of the utmost necessity. The Marquis of Steyne had agreed to wed and bed Lord Brute’s admittedly lovely daughter to pay off his mother’s gambling debts. But once the deed was done, Steyne’s lawfully-wedded wife vanished into the night…

Lead to Everlasting Love?

Years later, Steyne has nearly forgotten about his runaway bride. But when he suddenly finds himself in need of an heir, he has no choice but to track her down. Living happily in a small village under an assumed name, Alexandra is surprised to see her husband—and to feel such a strong attraction to him. But she is downright shocked when he asks her to bear him a son. How can they possibly repeat the heated encounter of their ill-fated wedding night…without falling hopelessly in love?

My Rating: 5 Roses

With lovely romance, some very surprising secrets, and an enjoyable story, The Wickedest Lord Alive was a fantastic historical romance. I absolutely loved this book! It was a sweet, enjoyable, absolutely wonderful read. Loved it!

Alexandra (who changed her name to Lizzie when she ran away) was a lovely heroine. She might have come into the marriage with high hopes but she wasn't about to stick around where she wasn't wanted. Nor was she going to let her lordly husband tell her what to do. My only issue with her was that she seemed irrationally angry at Xavier for abandoning her, when she was the one who ran away. Otherwise, I really liked her.

Xavier (Steyne) was also great. At the surface, he seems like a cold, detached man. But, as the book went on and we get to know him better, he showed how kind he could be (though he would never admit that to anyone). He was fiercely loyal and protective of his loved ones and, though his arrogant detachment could get frustrating, it was understandably why he would have become that way, considering his mother. I thought he was wonderful and I really liked him as well.

The romance was good. I thought Lizzie and Xavier were great together. They were both strong willed and had met their match in each other. My only issue was that Lizzie was oddly quick in falling in love with Xavier, considering she was already admitting to it right after they reunited (which was not a friendly scene and was only the second time they had actually met). The chemistry between them two was steamy and it definitely turned the heat level up. I thought they were a lovely couple.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were a few surprises along the way, not the least of which was who was trying to kill Xavier and what it had to do with his marriage. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was great.

The Wickedest Lord Alive was a fantastic historical romance. It was sweet, with a few surprises in store, and I really enjoyed reading it. Romance lovers, this is a book you'll want to check out.

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

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