Friday, May 23, 2014

Review: In Love With a Wicked Man (MacLachlan Family and Friends #9) by Liz Carlyle

Title: In Love With a Wicked Man (MacLachlan Family and Friends #9)
Author: Liz Carlyle
Source: Amazon Vine
Genre: Hisotrical Romance, Regency
Length: Novel
Release Date: October 29, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 5
Sexual - 3

What does it matter if Kate Lady d'Allenay, has absolutely no marriage prospects? She has
a castle to tend, an estate to run, and a sister to watch over, which means she is never, ever reckless. Until an accident brings a handsome, virile stranger to Bellecombe Castle, and Kate finds herself tempted to surrender to her houseguest's wicked kisses.

Disowned by his aristocratic family, Lord Edward Quartermaine has turned his gifted mind to ruthless survival. Feared and vilified as proprietor of London's most notorious gaming salon, he now struggles to regain his memory, certain of only one thing: he wants all Kate is offering—and more.

But when Edward's memory returns, he and Kate realize how much they have wagered on a scandalous passion that could be her ruin, but perhaps his salvation.
I did not know this was book nine in a series until I went to write my review - and I still completely loved it.  It worked perfectly as a stand alone, but now I have another series and eight books to catch up with!

Lady Kate d'Allenay is a rare woman in England - she was able to inherit her families title and estates without needing to have a husband.  She has poured her life into making the estate a well-run prosperous place for her family and her people.  Lord Edward Quartermaine is about to shake her simple life up quite a bit by falling on his head and forgetting who he is.

Edward is quite a handsome man, and there are a few dialogs about this topic that are quite humerous and very clever.  The dialog in this book was one of the things I liked best.  It flowed naturally and was a joy to read.  Both Edward and Kate know that their attraction shouldn't go anywhere, but they can't seem to keep their hands off each other.  In fact, once Edward's memory returns it seems to get even harder for them to stay apart.

Things become especially interesting during the house party Kate hosts for her mother (but god forbid you call her that).  Her mother is one of the most amazing characters I have ever read and pushes several situations to a head in this story.  With a horrid ex-fiance running around, Kate is a little overwhelmed and when things take a turn for an even worse side, well, I just couldn't put the book down.

To top it all off there are two side romances that are perfectly woven into the fabric of Kate and Edward's story.  It wouldn't have been the same without them, but they never stole the spotlight from the main show, just made it even better.

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