A Touch of Passion (The Disgraced Lords #3)
Author: Bronwen Evans
Release Date: 24 March 2015
In the latest Disgraced Lords novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans, a vivacious thrill seeker clashes with her dutiful defender—causing irresistible sparks to fly.
Independent and high-spirited, Lady Portia Flagstaff has never been afraid to take a risk, especially if it involves excitement and danger. But this time, being kidnapped and sold into an Arab harem is the outcome of one risk too many. Now, in order to regain her freedom, she has to rely on the deliciously packaged Grayson Devlin, Viscount Blackwood, a man who despises her reckless ways—and stirs in her a thirst for passion.
After losing his mother and two siblings in a carriage accident years ago, Grayson Devlin promised Portia’s dying brother that he’d always watch over his wayward sister. But having to travel to Egypt to rescue the foolhardy girl has made his blood boil. Grayson already has his hands full trying to clear his best friend and fellow Libertine Scholar of a crime he didn’t commit. Worse still, his dashing rescue has unleashed an unforeseen and undesired consequence: marriage. Now it’s more than Portia he has to protect . . . it’s his battered heart.
The third book in The Disgraced Lords series, A Touch of Passion has every ingredient necessary for a tempestuous romance that draws in the reader and captivates their attention.
Portia finds herself kidnapped and taken to a Arab harem after an assignation gone awry. Grayson swore to her dying brother that he would watch over Portia so he embarks on a rescue mission to save Portia and to discover the more sinister reasons behind her abduction.
Portia is a really enjoyable and completely likable heroine. After a near death experience at 16, Portia decided that she would live her life to the fullest, regardless of society's disapproval. She's vivacious, intelligent and fiercely loyal. She's also absolutely determined to marry for love, especially considering her parent's happy, love-filled marriage. I loved her determination to stay true to her own heart, even when it pained her to do so.
Grayson is weighed down by guilt and is pained by memories of all the loved ones he has lost. He shuts out everyone from his heart and doesn't want to feel the pain of losing someone he loves again. He just wants to find a respectable and demure bride who won't touch his heart, and that is definitely not Portia. Poor Grayson needs to open his heart up to find happiness, and I loved seeing that happen as Portia and Grayson grow closer.
They have a passionate chemistry that they both have felt for a long time. Whilst Portia would happily give in to this passion, Grayson resists it at every turn. It's like he knows that Portia might be the one woman who could make him open his heart to love again.
This story continues to explore the mystery of the identity of the villainess determined to see the Libertine Scholars disgraced. We inch ever closer to the truth and I admit to being completely intrigued by this puzzle, especially with the latest clue and its connection to Arend.
In this book there's danger and intrigue, desire and love, and a sometimes painful journey for Portia and Grayson to find their happiness together. I've loved all of The Disgraced Lords series so far and am eagerly looking forward to A Whisper of Desire- although I'm dying to read Arend's book, which I'm hoping will be after that!
*I received a review copy from the publisher, for my honest opinion. Thank you!
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She has always indulged her love of storytelling and is constantly gobbling up movies, books, and theater. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer? Evans is a two-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.
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