Also in this series: That Perfect Someone, Love Only Once, Gentle Rogue, The Magic of You, Say You Love Me, The Present
Series: Malory-Anderson Family #2
Published by Avon on March 29th 2005
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Source: Self Purchased
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Scottish heiress Roslynn Chadwick needs the safety of marriage to protect her from an unscrupulous cousin and from the army of fortune-hunting scoundrels who covet her wealth and beauty. And Anthony Malory is everything she has been warned against.A ruthless, irresistibly handsome English rogue, Malory's sensual blue eyes speak of limitless pleasures. How she wishes she dare to love such a man... to believe the whispered murmurings of his passionate promise... and to follow the enchanting dream...
I have been re reading this Malory Anderson series and thought it would be a good idea to review these books as I read them. Tender Rebel is the second book in the series, and what a fun book to read and I loved this one. This is one of my personal favorites to read, although I could say that for many of the books in the series. But I have such fond memories of reading this the first time so many years ago and was quite a blast reconnecting with this couple again.
“Now lower your dress a little-‘
“This is no time for offended modesty… You’re the distraction.”
“Och, well, in that case.”
“That’s quite low enough, my dear…”
“I was only trying to help,”
“Commendable, but we want the chap to ogle you, not bust his breeches.”
The jist of the story is that our heroine, is traveling to London from Scotland. Her grandfather has recently passed away, and has left his entire estate to her which is quite a bit of funds. But her cousin Geordie, needs the money and is a bit bitter for not receiving any of it and will force her to marry him if he can. So she needs to find a husband and very quickly before her cousin forces her to marry him. While at a ball, she meets our hero Anthony Malory. Now Anthony is so not ready for marriage. But from the moment he sees Roslynn, he wants her more than any woman he has ever met. Now Anthony is definitely been around the block when it comes to women. He is charismatic and charming. Roslynn has a strong attraction to Tony, but she knows he is Not the marrying type and attempts to stay away from him. And yeah with some hilarious interference from Tony’s brother James, working Tony’s jealousy, Tony marries Roslynn not willing to let her marry another man. A few misunderstandings happens, and Tony and Roslynn work through some miscommunication issues and drama but boy do you love every step of the way these two find on working through a marriage and that finding love isn’t easy or uncomplicated. There are some actions that Roslynn takes that aren’t the most commendable. But what I like about these mistakes is that they make her real and human and see how she pays for those mistakes and learns from them.
“My eyes have been a-wandering, as you put it, for the last nineteen years. Give them a rest, Roslynn. They settled on you and don’t want to move on.”
The ending still brings me to tears every single time, these two are just so right for each other in every way. This is the type of romance that just gives you a smile every time you read it. Love the style of Lindsey in this series and how enchanting they are. And of course we have some witty interactions with some supporting characters and we see the beginnings of James’ story with his future lady who dresses like a boy. Stay tuned for book three.