I received this book for free from Arc Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: League of Rogues #2
Published by Samhain Publishing on November 11th, 2014
Genres: Historical, Romance
Source: Arc Tour
Can the League’s most wicked rakehell be tamed? Or has this Rogue fallen too far?
The League of Rogues, Book 2
Horatia Sheridan has been hopelessly in love with Lucien, her brother’s best friend, ever since he rescued her from the broken remains of her parents’ wrecked carriage. His reputation as London’s most notorious rakehell doesn’t frighten her, for under his veneer of cool authority she has glimpsed a man whose wicked desires inspire her own.
Lucien, Marquess of Rochester, has deliberately nurtured a reputation for debauchery that makes every matchmaking mother of the ton quake with fear. His one secret: he is torn between soul-ripping lust for Horatia, and the loyalty he owes her brother.
That loyalty is put to the test when an old enemy of the League threatens Horatia’s life. With Christmas drawing near, he sweeps her away to his country estate, where he can’t resist granting her one wish—to share his bed and his heart.
But sinister forces are lurking, awaiting the perfect moment to exact their revenge by destroying not only whatever happiness Lucien might find in Horatia’s arms, but the lives of those they love.
Warning: This book contains an intelligent lady who is determined to seduce her brother’s friend, a brooding rake whose toy of choice in bed is a little bit of bondage with a piece of red silk, a loyal band of merry rogues and a Christmas love so scorching you’ll need fresh snow to extinguish it.
I’ve been mostly reading fantasy and science fiction for the better part of the year. I felt it was time to sink my teeth into some Historical Romance. I do love a bit of HR here and there. It’s so fluffy and wonderful. Granted, I usually read from the likes of Maya Banks, and she’s old hat at writing romance. She knows just when to switch gears to keep the story interesting.
Lauren Smith’s first book, Wicked Designs, suffered from a lack of interesting pacing. A lot of the story involved stubbornness on behalf of the heroine, but didn’t intersperse the romance quite as much as I thought it should have. I was also very opposed to the base plot, in which Emily Parr is kidnapped to ruin her reputation and falls in love with the rakeish duke, despite the fact that all he does is make unwanted advances at her.
This book, His Wicked Seduction, started off strong, with the pacing I wanted. There was plenty of dilemma and drama and excitement and some really racy scenes that worked perfect with our hero’s fetishes. The middle chunk gets a bit muddled. Everyone has to be moved for safety reasons due to another Lord wanting everybody dead. Unfortunately, the reason for this animosity is not entirely explained yet. It seemed the League and this Waverly fella were rivals in school, but at the rate everything escalated and remained such, there seems to be more to it than that, yet those reasons are not revealed.
And so the middle of the book slows down tremendously. Nothing of import really happens. A lot of what transpired that actually involved the plot, could have been parred down. The book eventually picks back up again around the seventy percent mark, and finishes strong. Though, I do not feel like the introduction of a new romantic interest within the epilogue worked. If anything, it made the entire scene disjointed.
The characters this time around seemed to mesh better and their romance seemed more intense than the first time around. I already was interested in both Lucian and Horatia before their turn in the lime light, so that helped. Unfortunately, for someone with a lot of vices and interest in a more voracious form of carnal desire, Lucian was pretty tame. He tied Horatia up a few times, but they didn’t really get out of the vanilla range. It made all comments about his past seem out of place, and Horatia’s interest in her sexy book and the dirty things in there unneeded.
Anyway, I enjoyed this installment of the series much more than it’s predecessor. I can only hope that the next book (when it comes out) is even better. But, if it’s about Charles and Anne, I’m not sure I’m really into them yet.