on March 20th 2018
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When a bluestocking spinster sets her mind to something…
Lady Patience Lane, daughter of the Earl of Desmond and legendary boxer Ivory Bess, grew up learning to fight, not how to mind her manners. She always expected she’d become a trainer like her mother, until injuries from the ring led to her mother’s untimely death. Now, she’s determined to save other families from the same heartache, by teaching others about the dangers of boxing. Nothing could bring her back to the world she left—until she meets a mysterious stranger who sets her pulse racing.
And a dark, dangerous lord interferes…
Sinclair Chambers, the Earl of St. Seville and known as “Sin” to his cohorts, inherited an insolvent estate. He has to make money, and fast, or his tenants will starve. The prize purses from the bareknuckle mills will go a long way to solving his problems, if he can win them. To be a success in the ring, he needs the best trainer, and Patience Lane is the best there is—all he has to do is convince her that he’ll only fight once.
They just might find their happily ever after in each other’s arms.
The more time Sin and Patience spend together, the closer they become. Soon, Sin’s thoughts are less about winning in the ring, and more about winning Patience’s heart. But can a relationship born out of wicked deception stand the test of time?
Perhaps she should have knocked.
Or, preferably, remained safely abed.
Before her stood a man, not one of her brothers that she still pictured as boys even though they were two and four years her senior, but instead a true man—stripped to the waist, his back to her.
Thank the heavens above for small miracles.
But to deny that her heart skipped a beat—or ten—would be preposterous. In fact, as Patience stood, unnoticed, studying the man now looking out Merit’s open window, she wondered if her heart would ever beat a normal, steady rhythm again or if her skin would ever cool enough to need an overcoat or shawl. It was only when her lungs began to burn that she realized she’d held her breath since opening the door, a call of greeting stuck in her throat.
One utterly forgotten.
So intent on the window, the man failed to notice he was no longer alone.
There was no denying the stranger’s presence—an unfamiliar masculine air filled the room. It was both intriguing and frightening. Certainly, she’d witnessed men in various stages of undress, but this goliath was different. Never had Patience been so utterly aware of her own body, while distracted by the sight of another’s chiseled form. Her hands itched to reach out at the same time they should be raising to cover her exposed flesh, veiled only by her thin nightshift.
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~~Reviewed by Lisa~~
Pugilists, the health issues they experience, struggling to maintain an estate, broken hearts and buried feelings all rolled into an incredible story of love. Ms. McKnight does not disappoint.
Lady Patience is alienating her floundering family and every member of the ton she approaches with her project. She is hiding behind this project to avoid putting her heart on the line. She is smart, strong possesses a skill that had me smiling and cheering her on and yet is so very vulnerable.
Lord Sinclair “Sin” Chambers, Earl of St. Seville. Is just in London to save his estate. His idea of how to do that is interesting and flawed. He is a wonderful character; confident, determined, strong, and very dedicated to his estate, family and tenants. He prefers his estate, which is located on an island to being in London and having to do the pretty.
Together Patience and Sin tackle Sin’s dilemma and this brings them together with humor, quick wits and a tenderness that Patience has kept hidden for fear of being hurt. Watching their journey to HEA was a joy. Ms. McKnight brings the health issues of pugilists into sharp contrast with grace. It was interesting to see how the worlds, common man and the ton, come together in a common interest of pugilism. I am interested to see what if anything is in store for Lord Coventry. I am enjoying the various stories in the Wicked Earls’ Club.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.