on August 29th 2017
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo
A MOST INDECENT PROPOSAL
Annabelle Green needs a husband-and quickly. To inherit the only home she's ever known, she must be married by her twenty-fifth birthday. But finding a suitor has been next to impossible after a reckless rogue named Quinton Carlisle seduced her into a scandalous midnight tryst. Her reputation in ruins, Belle now needs a rather large favor. And she knows just who to turn to . . .
Quinn can hardly believe that the shy bookish girl he teased as a child has grown into such a brazen beauty. The very idea of marrying Belle to right the wrongs of his past is downright shocking . . . and deliciously tempting. Too bad marriage, convenient or otherwise, is the last thing Quinn wants. He'll help Belle find a husband and be on his way. But if he can't control his attraction to the bride-to-be, this marriage could go up in flames-of wicked desire.
“You look much more like your father now,” she commented, nervously licking her suddenly dry lips but only serving to draw his attention to her mouth. Which made her even more nervous, so nervous that she couldn’t stop the trembling of her fingertips as they wrapped into the skirt of her night rail. “But you’re still a troublemaker.”
A faint smile played at his mouth. “And you’re still a bluestocking,” he countered. Unintentionally simmering a slow heat low in her belly, he reached up to tuck a stray curl behind her ear. “Still retreating to the sanctuary of your library.”
“Because books are usually more pleasant than most people,” she answered, swallowing hard when he trailed his fingers down the side of her neck. She forced out, not at all as firmly as she’d hoped beneath the soft touch of his fingers,
“And more trustworthy.”
Ignoring that jab, he slid his hand lower to let his fingers play at the edge of her shawl. “Yet there are things that people can do that books can’t.” His fingers tugged gently at the shawl and pulled it down her shoulder to reveal the scooped neck of the nightdress beneath. His gaze flicked to the small patch of revealed skin at the base of her throat, then back to her eyes. “All kinds of interesting things.”
She should stop him, swat his hand away, shove him back—but she couldn’t bring herself to do it. Just as she couldn’t hold back the hot shiver that swept through her or the gooseflesh that formed on her skin. His touch was proving to be as equally intoxicating now as that night six years ago.
“Then I have no interest in learning them,” she countered, although from the way her blood hummed, her body was very interested.
Madness—that after what he’d done to her, she could ever want to be in his arms again. Yet she desired just that, although that could never happen. Kissing him once had ruined her reputation. Kissing him again might destroy her entire future.
She thrust her chin into the air. “I know of your reputation.”
“Thank you,” he half purred.
His finger hooked beneath the wide shoulder strap of her sleeveless nightgown and slid it slowly down her arm. But this time, with a stretch of bare shoulder revealed to his eyes, he didn’t bother feigning propriety by looking away and instead flamed a prickling heat beneath her skin everywhere he gazed.
She pulled in a deep breath to steady herself. Oh, why did she always go light-headed when she was alone with him?
“That was not meant as a compliment.”
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
When the Scoundrel Sins is the second book in the Capturing the Carlisles series by Anna Harrington. Although part of a series it can easily be read as a stand alone novel.
Annabelle Green is one month away from turning 25. If she isn’t married before then she won’t inherit her home, Glenavon Castle. It will be given to the church and she will have to live in a dower house with the woman who has raised her since her mother died. She has put off marrying so far because when she weds she wants it to be a love match. Her parents had a terrible volatile relationship, they were forced to marry and it’s something Annabelle never saw happening to her. But as time goes on she realises that a marriage of convenience might be her only option.
Quinn Carlisle is a third son, he wants to do something to make him feel worthy, not just the man who follows in his brothers’ footsteps. He has every intention of moving to America to buy a plot of land to work that his father found for him, and in doing so he will also look after the couple that already lives there. His parents were a love match, and after watching his mother grieve for his father when he died Quinn realises that he never wants to marry, and especially not for love. Love is too painful, love can kill. Before he sets sail his aunt requests that he help her help Belle find a husband.
Belle and Quinn have history, he kissed her in a garden at a house party 6 years ago, the kiss shocked and excited them both. Unfortunately, circumstances found her ruined at that same party, and the blame falls squarely on Quinn’s shoulders. She isn’t at all happy to find that he is now tasked with helping her find a husband.
What follows is a fabulous accounting of how Quinn helps or perhaps makes things worse. Belle decides if she is to have a marriage of convenience, why not have one with him. But Quinn won’t marry and then leave his wife, and he certainly can’t take a wife with him to America. Especially one that wants to stay in England. There is a huge attraction between the couple and Quinn is scared of falling in love with Belle. He refuses to end up hurt by love or hurting her when the inevitable happens and they separate if by nothing else than by death. How can Belle keep her heart intact AND keep her home? Is there any way?
This was a thoroughly entertaining read where sometimes you just want to hug our couple, but other times you want to shake them both silly for their stubbornness. Yes, they have a right to their doubts and fears, but it’s so obvious to the reader that they need each other, and not just for the inheritance. They happily share passionate kisses and moments, yet can’t put it out there that they love each other.
What I really loved about this book is that it managed to surprise me with some twists and turns I wasn’t expecting. Sabotage is afoot too. There are some wonderfully emotional scenes especially when secrets are revealed. As for Belle and Quinn, even if they try to deny it, they seem to take every opportunity for intimacy and passionate kisses that they can. This story makes you want to read it as fast as possible to find out how it ends. An ending which isn’t disappointing!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.