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First the positive - excellent plot and characterization, so much so that despite the negatives below I have already downloaded the 2nd part of the series.
Negatives - While there are no typos, the writing was very stilted and somewhat amateurish.
Jumped from ideas in a very strange way - eg. Christian being appalled when he thought the governess was angling for a marriage to a peer of the realm, [despite constantly lamenting the fact that only fortune and title hunters had been interested in him since his accident] but then suddenly a couple of pages later thinking she would be a good wife without any segue or mental process to show why his opinion had changed. This sort of skipping happened a lot and was really distracting.
Innappropriate vocabulalry for the era - now I'm not a stickler for this by any means, obviously authors want their books to be an easy read as this is not a heavy genre, but lots of glaringly out of place words and phrases.
Two that stood out in particular "My beautiful, sexy hero!". and - from the heroine who is afraid and has only had abusive sexual experience with her husband, only moments after she was nervous and terrified [more of that random skipping ideas] 'God, don't stop. I order you, beg you, to make me come!"
Christian Trent, Earl of Markham, was badly burnt & scarred as a soldier, he returns to London only to find himself accused of rape. He is shanghaied onto a boat set for Canada. Christian finds himself guardian to Lily after her parents die in a snowstorm. Christian needs a governess for Lily, someone who will travel back to England & live on his estate. Sarah Cooper has travelled the underground railway to escape her abusive husband whom she has murdered. She disguises herself as a governess & gets the job with the man who, long ago, she fantasized about marrying. Despite the battle scars that mar his face, Sarah finds being near Christian rekindles her infatuation. Christian is also very attracted to Sarah.
This is the first in the series of the Disgraced Lords & we meet the Libertine Scholars. This was a lovely romance, both Christian & Serena were damaged & their attraction led to passion, love & healing. The interaction between them was so heartwarming & they had to have their happy ever after. There is also the mystery of who is trying to ruin The Scholars, which just makes you want to carry on reading the series. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the mystery lifting it above a run of the mill romance
Great characters with a strong story line! You couldn't not want this story to have a happy ending and the clever inclusion of the Scholars plot unfolding has certainly made me want to purchase the next, and subsequent books in the series,I only hope the author is well on the way to completing them so that I don't have to wait.
This is book 1 of the Disgraced Lords series but that is not shown on the front cover. Subsequently, I now have 2 copies of this story. I enjoyed it the first time I read it but am extremely irritated to find that I have inadvertently bought it twice. I do, frequently, check my library before purchasing if a synopsis sounds familiar, this time it didn't. However, I will ensure that I always do so in future. I gave it 3 stars because I didn't think it right to punish the author for the details, or lack of, shown on the cover. I am hoping to, eventually, procure the entire Disgraced Lords series but will use the name of the author, not the book titles, to find them.