Sunday 6 January 2019

Review ~ Beauty and the Brooding Lord by Sarah Mallory

Harlequin Historical
Saved from Disgrace - Book #2

My thanks to the author for my copy of this book

Serena Russington didn't make the wisest choice when she agreed to an assignation with a young man whose intentions weren't particularly honourable. Rescued from a situation that had every intention of turning nasty, Serena is fortunately saved from complete ruin by the taciturn Rufus Quinn, but with her reputation in disarray, Serena is faced with the option of either a life of permanent disgrace, shunned by respectable society, or agreeing to a marriage of convenience with the brooding Lord Quinn. Choosing the latter option makes for interesting reading and whilst Serena and Quinn's partnership is unashamedly romantic, only time will tell if they can make their complicated relationship work. Serena has been psychologically damaged by her ordeal at the hands of the unscrupulous rake but patience and understanding are Quinn's gifts to Serena and as the story progresses we get to understand just what makes this complicated man into such an all round good guy.

The vagaries of Regency society with all of its petty prejudices and social complications comes gloriously to life and once again this author has given us a story which is alive with romance and smouldering with brooding passion. The author does this genre very well and the lovely light and easy touch to the narrative makes this such a delightful story to read. I was enchanted by Serena and more than a little enamoured of Rufus Quinn who is a delightful leading man. I become so immersed in the story that I am sorry when it all comes to an end. I find that I am, as always, eagerly looking ahead to the next one.

It's worth mentioning that there's a wonderful link to the previous book with a mention of Russ and Molly who were the main characters in  The Ton’s Most Notorious Rake.  But don't worry of you haven't read this one as it really doesn't matter as Beauty and the Brooding Lord stands comfortably alone in its ability to charm and entertain.

Sarah Mallory was born in the West Country and grew up with a love of books and history. She has had over 40 historical novels published and won the Rona Rose Award from the Romantic Novelists Association in 2012 and 2013.

Twitter @SarahMRomance

Facebook as Melinda Sarah Mallory Hammond 

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