Also in this series: The Bedding Proposal
Series: The Rakes of Cavendish Square #2
Published by Signet on March 1st 2016
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Source: Self Purchased
Reading Challenges: Bad Boys of Romance 2017
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bedding Proposal comes a seductive new novel about the most devilishly dangerous men in London...
When Lady Esme Byron happens upon a gorgeous naked man sleeping beside a secluded country lake, she can’t resist the impulse to sketch him. But when her highly improper drawing is mistakenly revealed at a party, she finds her once-pristine reputation in tatters.
Gabriel, Lord Northcote, may be a notorious rakehell, but he is still stunned to find himself accused of despoiling a duke’s sister—especially since he's never set eyes on her. When Esme’s six irate brothers demand a hurried trip down the aisle, he has no choice but to comply. He thinks he can forget about his inconvenient bride but Esme Byron is no ordinary woman and Gabriel is about to learn just how unforgettable she can be.
Happily Bedded Bliss, is the second book in this fabulous new series of Warren. Now I have always been a fan of this author, and she pulled me right into this, which was a relief since I recently came off of a book slump. And what a story this one was. It begins with our heroine, now Lady Esme is the youngest daughter, and with seven over protective brothers, she has her hands full and most of the time she shrugs them off and does what she wants anyway, because logic and reason and male stubborness just don’t mix very well. Esme is a lover of animals, she rescues all sorts of creatures, and she does have a certain gift with them. Esme is also a talented artist. She goes in the woods hoping to draw a foresty type scene, but spies a naked man, a very drop dead gorgeous man, and can’t resist the urge to draw him. What she doesn’t expect is for that same drawing to fall into the wrong hands at a social dinner, and in one instant she is facing a scandal and being compelled to marry the very stranger she had drawn.
Esme is a unique heroine, and I loved her personality so much. And what was a rare delight to see especially in a historical romance, was a character that is vegetarian and it does make sense considering how much she loves animals of all kinds. She doesn’t look at things like many others do, which I found intriguing. I loved her practical sense, and she does make a great match for our hero who has no clue what he is in for when agreeing to marry Lady Esme. Our hero, Gabriel, is a rake and definitely isn’t ashamed of his love for women, but he does have a sense of honor too. Gabriel had a pretty rough childhood, being raised by a abusive uncle and losing his brother and inheriting everything. Seeing these two together was very interesting. The chemistry is off the charts here, but you also see the affection and care they start to feel for each other. The dialogue back and forth between them is sexy and leaves you laughing.
“I am an artist. I draw things that interest and intrigue me. When I happened upon you there at the lake, I felt compelled to capture your likeness.”
A slow smile spread over his face. “So I interest and intrigue you, do I?”
“Only from an artistic point of view, nothing more. You might have been a particularly fine ram or perhaps a goat who had strayed from its flock. You were there, so I drew you.”
Gabriel’s eyebrows arched, uncertain whether she was playing games with him or not. “I can assure you that I am neither a ram nor a goat, although I have been accused over the years of being randy as one.”
But Gabriel has some inner demons, and until he learns to face them he won’t be able to accept what Esme offers him. There were times I wanted to shake Gabriel for his stubbornness, but he finds his own way of working through his issues and I had a fun time seeing these two deal with problems and challenges and find their way back to each other.
Overall Happily Bedded Bliss is a story of healing, self discovering, charm and wit and a romance to make you laugh and to swoon!!! DELICIOUSLY WRITTEN!
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