I received this book for free from Loveswept in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Night of Forever by Bronwen Evans
Also in this series: A Kiss of Lies, A Touch of Passion, A Taste of Seduction
Series: The Disgraced Lords #6
Published by Loveswept on October 25th 2016
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era, Espionage
Reading Challenges: Books N' Tunes Reading Challenge
Distrust is no match for desire as a proper young miss and a self-professed rogue hunt down a murderer in this thrilling Disgraced Lords novel from the USA Today bestselling author of A Kiss of Lies and A Taste of Seduction.
Arend Aubury trusts no one besides his fellow Libertine Scholars. After his family escaped from France, penniless and persecuted, only the Scholars took him in. So when the stepdaughter of the villainess who has been plotting against them approaches Arend with allegations against their enemy, he suspects a double cross. Yet Isobel is a tantalizing prize, with lips as sweet as champagne and skin as creamy as Camembert. Is she a feast for the senses—or a bitter trap?
Lady Isobel Thompson dreams of marrying an honorable gentleman with a spotless reputation, a trait that Arend seems to lack completely. But Isobel believes that her stepmother is responsible for her father’s death, and only Arend has the skills to uncover the truth. As a cover, Arend suggests a fake betrothal—and soon Isobel finds herself forgetting that their courtship is a ploy. He’s so different from the man of her fantasies, and yet he’s so terribly handsome, so dangerously intoxicating—and all Isobel wants is more.
Arend Aubury trusts no one except the libertine scholars and their wives. The past has made him believe in treachery and deceit, especially when their nemesis is involved. He has a plan, and will need to use a “supposedley” innocent woman to do it. Lady Isobel Thompson is the step daughter of Victoria, the woman they believe to be behind the attacks. But Isobel knows that her step mother is not what she seems to be. Even though she knows that Arend doesn’t trust her and is using her to get to Victoria, Isobel allows it despite how much it hurts her that the man she has fallen hard for, doesn’t believe in her. But Isobel is made of tough stuff, and she decides that its necessary to force Arend to face the past and choose to love and trust her. But Arend hasn’t had a easy time of it, and he wants to trust in Isobel, but fears that another woman would betray him and would be the cause of the death of the only family he has ever known: The Libertine Scholars. But Arend might lose Isobel if he doesn’t take that leap of faith, and trust in Isobel and the love they share and defeat their enemy who would destroy them all…
Plot and Story Line
In the latest release of the Libertine Scholars series, we finally get Arend’s story. Now Arend has always been a bit of a mystery throughout the series, probably due to his past and he keeps himself set apart from the others. On Arend’s part, he blames himself for one of their brothers deaths and for Victoria’s actions. He doesn’t feel that he is worthy to find the happiness the other scholars have found with their wives. But we see that he won’t be left out in the cold, if our heroine: the esteemed and fearless Isobel has anything to say about it.
One man, and one only, consumed her.
Now Isobel is feisty and challenging and courageous and I honestly loved her character and she was just right for Arend. Arend needs a woman that will fight tooth and nail for him, and Isobel does that and more. Even when she the others think the worst of her, she never loses faith in her love for Arend. It was quite heartbreaking at times, to see how much she adored Arend but really had to fight to keep his faith in her. Its not an easy road for either one of them. But when you have been burned and very badly, its not easy to get back in the “saddle”.
He was being torn in two. One part of him wanted her with every beat of his heart, wanted to bury his face in her scented heat, taste the fragrance that was only, ever Isobel. The other part of him was screaming in agony, begging to flee before it was too late…while the nauseating smell of burning flesh filled his lungs.
So it does take mistakes and some groveling and courage to keep love when you find it. On top of that, we have the evil Victoria, who is cunning. She is quite horrible, but she does prove to be a solid villain for the story and the whole series really. This story was a bit of a roller coaster though, with the romantic drama, mystery and suspenseful scenes, a villain who seems to be a step ahead of the good guys….a true love story that shows the battle between good vs. evil and the value of fighting for what is right. Simply another brilliant book from this stunning author!!!
She was desperate to help him, to show him in a way that would silence any doubt in his distrustful mind and wounded soul that she would never betray him, no matter what dark secrets his past held. All she cared about was the man he was now.
“No” Of this she was absolutely certain. “The type of man you are does not have to be dictated by a brand or decree by the mistakes you made in your youth. You are a man formed by the obstacles you have overcome, by the quality of those who truly love you, the ones who stand with you, and the ones who would give their lives for you.”
I like that it follows the tone of the other covers for the rest of the series, and her dress is so pretty….I love the gray tones.
A Night Of Forever is action packed and a drama filled romance with endearing characters to cheer for….a love story that is worth fighting for!!!
To find that special love is better than all the riches in the world
BOOKS N TUNES
I picked up this song because it just fits….especially for our heroine!!! She fights for the one she wants, almost to the cost of her life.