on August 29th 2017
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A fiercely independent duchess and a brooding, reclusive earl are tested by the demands of desire in this unforgettable romance from the USA Today bestselling author of A Kiss of Lies and A Night of Forever.
For Rose Deverill, one husband was enough. As the wealthy widow of the Duke of Roxborough, she has cultivated an unsavory reputation meant to discourage wife hunters. Thanks to a string of steamy affairs, Rose is perfectly content to be known by polite society as the “Wicked Widow”—until she’s reunited with the man she fell in love with at age fifteen. Their bedroom encounters are scorching, but it breaks Rose’s heart to wonder whether her reckless behavior ruined her for Philip Flagstaff.
The second son of the Earl of Cumberland, Philip never wanted the title. But after Philip’s older brother, Robert, follows him into the Battle of Waterloo, his worst fears come to pass. Now Robert lies in a soldier’s grave, and Philip is determined never to pass on the inheritance to children of his own. Then Rose appears, soothing the pain with her delightful curves and passionate kisses. The notorious Duchess seems to want nothing from him—and yet Philip has never ached to give a woman more.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
A Love to Remember is the seventh book in The Disgraced Lords series by Bronwen Evans.
Rose Deverill is a widow and is happily so. She was married off to a much older man who only wanted to beget an heir and once that happened he was more than happy to have no other ‘relations’ with her. Since his death, Rose has had some lovers and hasn’t hidden the fact. In fact, she’s exaggerated it because she doesn’t want any other offers of marriage. She is happy with her independence and with her life bringing up her son.
Philip the Earl of Cumberland only received the title after his older brother was killed at war saving him. The guilt has eaten at Philip ever since and in order to try to appease that guilt he swears he will never marry, nor produce an heir so that the next brother in line to the title will receive it once Philip dies.
Rose and Philip reconnect with each other at Robert’s (Philip’s older brother) funeral. They practically grew up together and Rose has had the biggest crush on him since she was a teenager. It was no hardship to offer him solace from intimacy at a time when he needed a distraction from his pain. Solace that Philip readily accepted especially as he knows that she never wants marriage or to be tied in any way.
That was the start of a steamy, passionate two-year relationship for them. As time goes on Rose realises that she wants nothing more than for Philip to want to marry her. But when she realises that the dream will never become a reality she must put an end to the affair. Not only does that cause much pain for our couple, but it also sets into action a chain of events that finds Rose and her son Drake in dreadful peril. Will Philip be able to save them both, and will he finally realise that his self-imposed punishment is not what Robert would have wanted?
This was such an exciting, emotional, riveting story that I had to read it as quickly as possible to find out how it ended. There was so much drama, and what a shock I had when I realised who the villain in the story is! I loved the passion between Philip and Rose and really wish I could have given Philip a shake when he couldn’t seem to get past his martyrdom. I think the author handled the ending very well and most certainly in a believable way.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.