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Ex-soldier Frederick Challenger may own a share of London's most secret gentlemen's club, but he has long since stopped sampling its delights…until a beautiful woman auctions her innocence.
Georgiana Knight's plan had been to lure in a villain, but instead she's trapped the devil himself. And now, to protect her reputation, she must marry him! But if Frederick has hopes of taming this temptress, he'll have to think again…
The Society of Wicked Gentlemen The hour is late and the stakes are high
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
A Convenient Bride for the Soldier is the first book in The Society of Wicked Gentlemen series by Christine Merrill.
Georgiana Knight is being pushed towards marrying her step-mother’s cousin who is only after her dowry, and is everything no woman would want in a man. In order to show her father that the man is perverted she means to catch him out in an infamous club where anything goes. Her attempts go horribly wrong when not only does she not catch him out, he catches her at her game, and the only way she can save face is to be rescued by the club’s owner.
Frederick Challenger is that owner, and inadvertently he is the one that caused Georgiana’s plan to backfire. A gentleman through and through he feels honour bound to rescue her, and does it the only way he can, by saying that they are betrothed (and then of course having to propose and marry her afterwards).
There is a huge physical attraction between Fred and Georgiana, but his demands that she be everything that is prim and proper goes against the grain. She’s been under her step-mother’s thumb for so long, she needs to be able to have a little freedom now. Can she prove to him that there is a middle ground where one can live a little without bringing scandal down around their heads.
This story was very much a romance and nice to read. I definitely enjoyed Fred and Georgiana’s story, but I think a sub plot or two would have been a bonus, and it could have had a bit more drama. Georgiana’s step-mother could have had a much bigger part with her evil ways, and I would have loved to see the response her father had when he finds out something that his wife has done. It’s the detail like that which I find can really add to a story. On the plus side there were some lovely laugh out loud moments and the perfect ending with a novel way of declaring love! I will definitely be reading the following books in the series, but do hope they are a little more exciting.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.