A Promise of More (The Disgraced Lords #2)
Author: Bronwen Evans
Release Date: 15 April 2014
When Beatrice Hennessey sets out to confront Lord Coldhurst, the notorious rogue who killed her brother in a duel, her intent is to save her family from destitution. She’s determined to blackmail the man into a loveless marriage. She’ll make the wealthy Lord Coldhurst pay for the rest of his life. But while greeting his ship, Beatrice takes a tumble into the Thames—only to be fished out by a pair of strong masculine arms that tempt her to stay locked in their heated embrace forever. That is, until she realizes those arms belong to Sebastian Hawkestone, Lord Coldhurst himself.
The little drowned mermaid has an interesting proposition indeed; one that Sebastian is surprised to find quite agreeable. Although he’s had women more beautiful, she is pleasing to the eye, and besides, it’s time he fathered an heir. Beatrice promises to be the ideal wife; a woman who hates him with an all-consuming passion is far too sensible to expect romance. However, it isn’t long before Sebastian’s plan for a marriage of convenience unravels, and he’s caught up in the exhilarating undertow of seduction.
Beatrice Hennessey is waiting at the docks to confront Sebastian on his return to England, after he is pardoned for his role in the death of Douglas Hennessey (Beatrice's brother) in a duel. Beatrice ends up being pushed into the water by prostitutes and is saved by none other than the man she hates- Sebastian. Beatrice may hate Sebastian but she's willing to do whatever she has to to try and secure the future of her family after Douglas' death left them near penniless. Beatrice is very strong-willed heroine and I really loved that about her. When it's revealed that Sebastian is unlikely to actually have been Douglas' killer, she feels awful about having forced him into marriage but she's also determined to try and make things better in their marriage.
Sebastian is racked by guilt over Douglas' death but marriage to Beatrice helps assuage his guilty conscience and also ensures that his new wife won't expect a romantic union- something he has always wanted to avoid. Sebastian was a great hero and he could be so sweet and perfect. Then other times he could act like a complete moron and there were a few times when I just wanted to give him a good slap. Luckily he sorts himself out before he can do any real damage to his and Beatrice's relationship- but he sure comes close!
I loved the relationship between Beatrice and Sebastian. Understandably, at first they're cold toward each other despite the obvious attraction between them but once that initial antagonism is gone, the passion between them was unleashed. And it was brilliant. They had such an awesome chemistry and even Sebastian couldn't resist, no matter how hard he tried.
This is such a romantic story, filled with twists that you just don't see coming. There's also an element of intrigue and suspense as Sebastian and his friends try to work out the mystery behind Douglas' death and the woman who apparently wants them all ruined.
I'd definitely recommend this to all romance readers, and I'm so looking forward to the next book in the series, A Touch of Passion!
*I received a review copy for my honest opinion. Thank you!