What a Reckless Rogue Needs (Sinful Scoundrels)
Author: Vicky Dreiling
Publisher: Grand Central/Forever
Date of Publication: March 25, 2014
Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, has no desire to wed, this season or any other. So when his father demands he give up his wild ways and take a wife, Colin refuses. But his father raises the stakes and threatens to sell the ancestral home if Colin doesn’t comply. Now Colin has no choice but to find a wife. Unfortunately, the only woman he wants is the one whose heart he broke years ago.
LEAD TO THE PERFECT SEDUCTION?
Regardless of the ton‘s whispers, Lady Angeline Brenham won’t settle for anything less than true love. After rejecting more than her share of suitable suitors, spinsterhood looms before her-until the devilishly handsome Colin reappears in her life with a proposition. Angeline vows to keep her feet on the ground and her heart in check. That is, until one searing kiss melts her resolve and reignites a burning desire for more . . .
Colin – definitely a rake of the worst sort, given to drinking too much and wenching. However, he has an incredibly love of his mother who died when he was just a very young boy, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to maintain the ancestral home (unentailed) where she’s buried. That says volumes about the character buried under the alcohol and women. His father presents him with the choice of marrying soon or losing the home altogether. Colin gets six weeks to show him he’s serious about maintaining the manor (and he’s supposed to find a wife too) before Daddy sells the house.
Angeline – Strong-willed but with a heart to the point where she’s willing to help someone she’s never gotten along. She agrees to help Colin with some of the planning for restoration, having redecorated one of her family’s homes with spectacular results.
These two played well off each other and I never got the feeling that the romance between them was forced. Daddy dearest was a crafty old man in his plot to get Colin married and settled down.
I adored the Marquis (Daddy dearest) and Angeline’s father (a duke). The two old men were fun with their love of hunting, despite the fact that apparently they couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. I know my last few reviews have talked about great secondary casts a lot, but…I can’t help it. The books I’ve been reading lately really have had some good ones. Colin’s stepmother was a lovely woman who wanted her family together and has always viewed Colin as hers, even though he rebuffed her mothering (sort of … it’s complicated).
I enjoyed the hours spent reading this and look forward to reading the next in the series when it comes out. 4 stars without a doubt!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.