on January 30th 2018
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They are the infamous lords, unrepentant rogues whose bad behavior makes for good gossip among the ton. But every scoundrel has his secrets, and it takes a special touch to reveal the true hearts behind their devilish disguises.
Known as a brazen philanderer, Hayden Milton, Earl of Westfield, is almost done in by a vengeful mistress who aims a gun at a rather essential part of his anatomy—but ends up wounding his thigh instead. Recuperating in his London town house, Hayden is confronted by his new medical attendant. Sophia Camden intrigues him, for behind her starched uniform is an enticing beauty better suited for bedding than dispensing salves and changing bandages.
Unshaken by his arrogance, not to mention impropriety, Sophia offers Hayden a dare: allow her ten days to prove her competency. If she resigns in exasperation like her two predecessors, she will be beholden to this wicked seducer. As a battle of wills begins, Sophia finds herself distracted by the Earl's muscular physique . . . and discovers that the man within longs only for a second chance to love.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Never Dare a Wicked Earl is the first book in the Infamous Lords series by Renee Ann Miller.
Hayden Milton, Earl of Westfield lives with terrible guilt and the only way to keep it from overwhelming him is for him to live up to his hard-earned, yet false reputation as a womaniser and rogue. Unfortunately, one of his conquests is not of sound mind and takes their break up badly. So badly that in a fit of pique she nearly kills him on his doorstep. Fortunately, he only ends up with a gunshot to his thigh.
Sophia Camden is a medical assistant to the local doctor. Normally she only helps with female patients, but as she is the only one available, she is the one that is hired by Hayden’s sister to look after him. He isn’t pleased to have a female attendant, and as she won’t take any nonsense from him he tries to fire her many times. She can’t be fired by him as he isn’t the one who employed her but to make life easier for both of them she comes up with the idea of a dare. If Hayden can give her 10 days to prove herself and is happy with her care he has to keep her on. If she doesn’t, then she will stop looking after him and will forfeit something that he hasn’t decided upon yet.
So begins their relationship. It’s not long before they are both having lustful thoughts for one another. It’s something they both know can go nowhere but can they keep from each other’s arms? Will Sophia learn who the real Hayden is and will she help him overcome his guilt? She will have to if they are to have any chance of a future together.
I enjoyed this book immensely, it’s hard to believe that this is the author’s debut novel. There was the perfect amount of light and shade to the story. One minute poor Hayden was being shot by a mad woman, the next I was delighted to see Sophie treating him like a child when he did things like refuse to take his medicine. There were so many funny moments between the couple that it helped keep the levity in the story when it could have become quite dark. The demented women who shot Hayden has quite a role in this book, she brings the trauma and danger to the story. I loved that although she was wicked, I couldn’t bring myself to dislike her. Poor thing was obviously out of her mind. I enjoy a story where you can feel empathy for the ‘bad guy’ despite wanting them to be caught. This book really does have all that it takes to make a wonderful read and I couldn’t read it quickly enough to see if our couple could have their happily ever after.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.