Published by Forever Yours on September 12th 2017
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ove is worth a little scandal.
Owen Hadley needs a wife. Preferably a wealthy one. Alas, there aren't a great number of heiresses willing to marry a rogue of no particular fortune---luckily, if there is ever a gentleman capable of melting a lady's chilly heart, it's Owen.
Milly has had enough of the marriage mart. If matrimony means giving up her freedom for a foppish husband, then society can take their idea of marital bliss and toss it. But when the ton's most notorious rogue mistakenly makes his way into her bedchambers, Milly finds herself unexpectedly and unwillingly at the altar . . .
Yet the more time she spends with her new husband, the more Milly starts to wonder if the marriage she never wanted may be the best thing that's ever happened to her. Now it's up to Owen to convince Milly that what started as a mistake is anything but---and that every night with him will be more wonderfully scandalous than the last.
Milly climbed onto the bed and pulled the bedclothes up around her chest and sighed. The bed was so large, and rather lonely. Usually she didn’t let such a melancholy thought bother her, but tonight for some reason, it did. There was a dull ache in her chest and she rubbed the spot with her hand. Somewhere tonight, Mr. Hadley was likely climbing into bed, dreaming of all the young ladies’ hearts he would steal and break. A treacherous little flutter in her chest made Milly wince. She ought not to think of Hadley, certainly not while she was in bed…yet thinking of him, as frustrating and maddeningly irritating as he was, flushed her with a welcome heat in the chilly room.
The oil lamp beside her bed was the only light left in the room and it burned steadily. Often she read late into the night and forgot to turn it off, but tonight she was too tired to read. She reached over and gently twisted the brass knob to kill the little flame. Darkness absorbed the dying light and Milly flipped onto her back. The cold of the sheets almost stung her bare toes and legs when her nightdress rode up to her knees. A cold bed, an empty bed. It shouldn’t have upset her, but after Mr. Hadley’s talk of heat and summer, she was off balance and bothered.
The mere thought of him and the way his eyes had darkened and seemed to shimmer with inner flames brought on another rush of warmth. His eyes, like honeyed fire, and his lips, the way he’d smiled sardonically, almost mockingly, in a way she rather liked, irritated her, yet fascinated her. There was no reason to like a man’s mouth or to imagine what it might be like to have that mouth pressed to hers in a kiss that caused the heat he was so fond of discussing. She knew his kiss would be hot, because when she thought of it, her body blossomed with a swelling of heat in her belly. His mouth is wicked…sinful…and I hate that I wish to know how he tastes. It was a forbidden thought, but one she couldn’t deny. She rolled over onto her stomach, fluffed her pillow, and squeezed her eyes shut, attempting to will herself to sleep. It was going to be a long night.
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~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
A Gentleman Never Surrenders is the second book in the Sins and Scandals series by Lauren Smith. You don’t need to read the first book before this one in order, but as some of the characters are mentioned in both books, it’s nice to read more about them before you get to this book.
Owen Hadley is in desperate need of a rich wife. He’s tried the normal route of wooing women, but knowing that he is in dire straits isn’t something women find attractive. When he hears that there is a lovely young woman about to make her debut at a party he has been invited to, he is determined to make her his. That woman is Rowena Pepperwirth.
The only way that he can be assured that she will marry him is if he compromises her, and with that in mind he sneaks into her room after midnight after making sure that somebody would discover him there. To his shock and horror, he has gone into the wrong women’s bedroom and he finds himself discovered with Mildred Pepperwirth, Rowena’s starchy older sister!
What follows is the sometimes fun, other times moving account of Milly and Owen getting married then discovering that they not only have a fabulous attraction to each other physically, but they each have qualities that are admirable. Qualities that they keep hidden from society. As they spend more and more time with each other, they realise they could easily be falling for each other, but it’s something that neither of them wants to give in to for various reasons. Can they allow theirs to be a love match?
I enjoyed reading Milly and Owen’s tale, it wasn’t quite as good as the previous book, it was a little less exciting, but I still recommend it. Rowena has her story told in the next book, a taster of which is at the end of this one which I was pleased to read. Now I have to bide my time waiting for that to come out.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.