on April 12th 2016
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Ever ready to do the right thing, The Emperors of London act bravely—and when it comes to matters of the heart, impetuously…
Despite her cover as the daughter of the land steward for Lord Malton, Marcus Aurelius, spirited Viola Gates is tied by birth to the treacherous Jacobite legacy. Not that this keeps her from falling for the dashing Lord from afar. Despite his staid demeanor, Marcus is devastatingly handsome—and hopelessly beyond her reach. Then Viola’s father is mortally wounded and her secret identity revealed, sending her straight into danger’s path—and Marcus’s arms…
For years, he’d only known her as a wild child, the tempting—and forbidden—daughter of his trusted steward. But when Viola’s life is threatened, Marcus must act as duty—and his barely contained passion—dictates. Ferrying the bold beauty on an eventful journey to safer quarters, he offers her the protection of his name. Their tempestuous union might succeed in vanquishing their enemies, but will the chivalrous lord and his unsuitable wife surrender to the power of love?
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Dilemma in Yellow Silk is the 5th book in the Emperors of London series by Lynne Connolly. I haven’t read any of the previous books and can say that this book can easily be read as a stand alone one.
The story revolves around Viola Gates. She is known as the daughter of of the land steward for Lord Malton, Marcus Aurelius. She and Marcus were great friends when they were growing up, but when he was just 9 years old, Marcus’ father sent him away, one of the reasons for that being that he wanted to keep them apart. Already at that age Viola knew she loved Marcus, and he also had feelings for her. Being too lower class for Marcus, his father knew he had to keep them apart. She rarely saw him after that, and when she did he seemed too aristocratic and very cold towards her.
Marcus’ father like most people didn’t know the truth of the matter, he was keeping Marcus from Viola thinking she was beneath him, when in actual fact she is his superior because she is the daughter of the Stuart King..one of a number of children born to him in secret. Viola knows the rumours that she could be related to royalty, but she never for one minute believes them to be true.
When an attack takes place on her home and her father is injured, he realises that the truth has become known to one of both parties that would want Viola dead, or forced to marry. Knowing this, he has no choice but to tell her the truth of her royal connections, and enlists Marcus’ help in getting her away to safety.
There begins a fabulous story where we see how Marcus and his friends and family who rally to help, try to keep Viola safe. The one particular enemy who would want to kidnap and force her to marry him is thwarted when Marcus marries Viola. What is supposed to be a marriage of convenience is so much more for both of them if only they could admit their feelings to each other. Viola has never stopped loving Marcus, and even knowing his feelings aren’t reciprocated, she is still thrilled to be married to him. Will she stay alive long enough for their marriage to become a real one, will Marcus be able to stop her enemies in their tracks.
I absolutely loved this story, Marcus was the ultimate hero, willing to put his life on the line for Viola. He was also an ardent lover and there are a few very passionate sex scenes between him and Viola which are rather more ‘saucy’ than your usual historical romance bedroom scenes. Don’t worry, there’s nothing kinky or debauched. There was a nice balance of danger in the real world, and total freedom in the bedroom where they could both forget their worries for the time being, and it made for a great read. I will definitely be reading the other books in this series and anything else that this author has written because I have just added her to my very long list of favourite authors!
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.