Published by Entangled Publishing on May 22nd 2017
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Lady Alice Worthingham never conforms to Society’s norms. Ever. She loves adventure, new experiences, and approaches life with a sassy attitude Society can take or leave. But even for her, robbery by a highwayman is a bit much.
Lord Arndel, Lady Alice’s neighbor, is playing a dangerous game—acting the proper viscount by day and the Surrey Bandit by night. And to brazenly steal from the woman who’s captured his attention is no mean feat, or the wisest of moves.
When Lady Alice learns the truth, the viscount finds that when a well-bred woman seeks revenge, she’ll make a gentleman thief pay for his crimes with everything…including his heart.
She pulled back and stepped out of his arms altogether. Callum let her go with regret and consoled himself with the fact that her eyes looked heavy with desire and, if he wasn’t incorrect, a little awe.
“I shouldn’t have done that.”
“Why not?” He shrugged, the action in some way releasing his taut muscles. “You’re not worried about your reputation, are you? I thought you were a highwaywoman and nothing else.”
“I am, but I’m also a woman who should not have done that.”
“Are you a woman of rank?” Callum watched are her eyes darkened in warning. He smirked. “Preferably, I would like you to come back here and do it again.” Her mouth opened on a gasp, and he strode up to her, clasped her face, and kissed her hard, quick, and deep, before pulling back and bowing. “I hope we see each other again.”
Alice nodded and walking over to her horse in what looked like a daze, mounted quickly, and joined her sister. “I’m sure we will, Lord Arndel, and sooner than you’d like, if you continue this type of thieving lifestyle. Do I make myself clear?”
“Very,” he said, watching as the women turned their mounts and cantered down the road before turning into the trees. Callum swore, running a hand through his hair. For all his teasing of the little minx, she’d still run off with his portable blunt and now he would have to send word to London and notify those his deceased cousin owed money to, that the debt would not be paid. Not with the jewels that had been required, at least. Damn it!
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~~Reviewed by Amy~~
What a delightful addition to the To Marry a Rogue series! A fabulous hero, a sassy heroine, and the explosive chemistry between them. Add to that some intrigue and danger, and you’ve got a story that will keep you spellbound from beginning to end.
Callum Edwards, Viscount Arndel, was much more than he appeared. Behind the mask of a gentleman, he was a man with a belittling past and many secrets. His title was one he’d not ever expected. He’d been born into a hateful family who’d never tended for him after his mother had married beneath her station. They’d cut her off without a penny to her name. After his cousin’s death, Callum had inherited the title, a home in a disgraceful state, and his late cousin’s debt. When moneylenders threaten his daughter’s life if the debt is not repaid, Callum has no choice but to comply. Though he hated to steal from his very neighbors, jewels could be replaced, his daughter could not.
Alice Worthingham, daughter of the Duke of Penworth, loved her town of Surrey, but lately life was one drama after another. Her mother was anxious for her to have a second season and find a husband. But Alice wanted more than the boring suitors she’d met who only saw her as a wealthy ornament. She wanted a love match. A man who could spark her desire and share her ideals of making the world a better place. She’d thought she’d found that match when she met her neighbor, Viscount Arndel, during her first season. She’d tried to gain his interest but he seemed occupied and distant. She’d liked him. Had even thought herself in love, but he’d not taken notice.
When Callum, dressed as the Surrey Bandit, stops the Worthingham coach to procure his latest payment to the moneylenders, Alice is taken with the dark figure on horseback. His piercing blue eyes and deep voice are temptation incarnate. He didn’t frighten her, but the scandalous things he said caused her body to react. He intrigued and attracted her. That would have been fine had he been a gentleman, but rakes and libertines such as he were not to be trusted. Alice stood up to the bandit, even surprising herself with her gumption. As for Callum, never had he wanted so much to kiss a woman who’d shown so much bravery. He adored the little scamp before him who stood up for herself and her family. She had him thinking all sorts of things he shouldn’t. He had no time for such thoughts. Once his debt was paid, his life of crime would be over. No one could get in his way of a future brighter than his past had been.
But staying away from Alice is easier said than done. As neighbors, Callum is forced to interact with Alice and her family. And each encounter with Alice makes it harder to discount his attraction. Her mere presence made him feel desire. She heated his blood in more ways than he thought possible. The fact that he admired and respected her made the emotion all the more fierce. But he needed to remember that Alice was not for him. He needed to keep his distance lest Alice realize he was the Surrey Bandit. But Alice was a clever girl and it didn’t take her long to put two and two together. Lord Arndel was the Surrey Bandit and she would prove it. For the sake of his daughter, she wouldn’t report him to the magistrate, but her penalty would be worse than anything the authorities could mete out.
Watching Callum and Alice dance around each other, debating and avoiding the pursuit of one another, was delicious. Both attempted to fight their attraction but it was inevitable. They disagreed and argued but they wanted each other. Callum fought his attraction because he felt beneath Alice and didn’t want to bring danger to her door. If only he could’ve walked a different path, they could have a future. Alice tried to tell herself that Callum was not what she wanted. That to want a man who’d stolen from her peers went against all she believed in. But Callum made her yearn for things she shouldn’t. With each touch from him, the secure little world she lived in that kept Lord Arndel at a distance shattered.
I loved Alice’s family as well. The security, love, and support of her family members. Her relationship with her sister Victoria was exceptionally fun. I chuckled at their “surveillance” of Lord Arndel’s estate. They were quite the masters of disguise. I am anxious to read Victoria’s story. I’ve loved her since the first book. If you’re looking for a romance with warmth, passion, danger, and clever dialogue, you will fall in love with this series.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.