on April 9th 2018
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For years, Daphne Wentworth, Countess Carrington has loved her powerful, enigmatic husband, despite the fact that they married under less than ideal circumstances. But no more. Finally at her breaking point, Daphne intends to create a scandal so big, her austere husband will have no choice but to divorce her. Except everything goes awry when he surprises her with the last thing she expected.
Sylvester Wentworth, Earl of Carrington, has returned to London for one reason—to seduce his wife. After a near-death experience, he is in need of an heir and means to make his marriage a real one. To his shock, though, his wicked, beautiful countess wants the exact opposite, and he must now do everything possible to entice his countess to stay forever.
Each book in the Rebellious Desires series is STANDALONE:* Duchess by Day, Mistress by Night* The Earl in My Bed
Sylvester prowled over to her until she had to tilt her head back to meet his gaze. She blinked when he took the glass and set it on his desk and then returned to her. He cupped her cheek with one of his palms.
“My lord?” Daphne stared at him, alarm coursing through her veins. He’d never held her with such intimacy before.
She was unnerved by the rather intense look in his eyes. Anger warred with fascination, and she shot a glare at her glass on the desk. Was she already tipsy? That could be the only excuse to even be slightly captivated. What was happening?
He dragged her up against him, one hand curving to the swell of her hips. Her skin prickled with a depth of awareness that shocked her into rigidity. He smoothed a thumb along the curve of her lower lip. She let out a gasp when he pulled her hair pins out and the weight of her tresses tumbled to her shoulders.
“What are you doing?” she asked shakily.
He made no reply. Instead, the wretched man pressed his mouth to hers. They stilled, and her lips trembled against his. He had never kissed her before. They stood like that for what felt like forever, and she slowly became aware that his heart was pounding beneath the palm she had placed on his chest in denial. Her eyes that had instinctively closed flew open.
Oh! He was staring at her, and in the depth of his gaze, she spied surprise and desire so powerful her entire body quaked.
His lips moved, the stroke of his tongue against the closed seam of her lips tender, persuasive, arousing. Somewhere in the hazy back recesses of her mind, she hated her weakness for his touch. He coaxed her lips apart, and with a muffled gasp she submitted, her eyes fluttering closed. Sylvester grew more demanding, and she parted her lips farther, allowing him greater exploration. She made another incoherent sound. His tongue stroked against hers, and she jolted at the shocking and delightful intimacy. Daphne had not known a kiss could be like this, as if they were consuming the essence of each other.
Her husband was unyielding in his advances, and he kissed her over and over with devastating expertise. Something unknown was happening, and she felt panicked. An unbearable heat was twisting through her, and the sensations were too wonderful. She attempted gathering her senses, but his sensual assault did not abate, drowning away the protest before it fully formed.
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~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Earl in My Bed is the second book in the Rebellious Desires series by Stacy Reid. Each book in this series is written as a standalone story.
Daphne Wentworth married Sylvester Wentworth, Earl of Carrington 6 long years ago. They met by chance and there was an instant attraction between them. Unfortunately her father upon learning of her attachment to Sylvester and wanting her to marry well blackmailed Sylvester into marrying Daphne. Something she was unaware of until after they married. She honestly thought he loved her and wanted to marry her. It broke her heart when she learned differently, and for the next 6 years, they barely saw each other. On the rare occasion that they did, he was coldly civil to her before leaving her again for months at a time. She finally decides that enough is enough and that even if she has to cause a scandal to make her husband divorce her it would be worth it. She still loves him terribly and can’t stand the emptiness in her heart and the limbo that she is living in. Before she has a chance to put her thoughts into actions Sylvester returns after months away.
Sylvester has had one too many brushes with death and while recovering from his last one he began to realise all that he had lost by pushing his wife away from him. He returns from his latest voyage with the full intent of making his marriage work and for Daphne to bear him children. He is horrified when he learns that she wants a divorce. He has to convince her to give up on that notion and manages to get her to agree to two months of them putting the past behind them and getting to know each other. If in that time they can’t be comfortable and hopefully content with each other then he will apply for a divorce himself. The main problem is that Daphne wants his love, not just an amiable marriage and love is something he doesn’t know how to give.
Can Daphne teach Sylvester to love, can they truly get past the terrible things that her father had done in the past? Can they both learn to trust each other? Could there be too many obstacles to overcome, or will they get their long awaited for happy ever after?
I loved this book so much that I read it in one sitting. I wanted so much for Daphne to finally have happiness with the man she has loved since first sight. I couldn’t read quickly enough to hopefully see him realise how wrong Sylvester had been and how perfect their lives could be if only he could open his heart. There were elements of danger in the story too, and mention of England’s part in abolishing slavery, and added to the romance of our couple it made for an interesting, exciting, beautiful story.
That first kiss that the couple share after so very long apart, the scene in the library, was so sensuous that Daphne and Sylvester’s feelings were almost palpable. Stacy Reid definitely knows how to write a steamy yet very emotional scene. All in all the book is just perfect and I wholeheartedly recommend it!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.