Addicted to the Duke
Imperfect Lords #1
“A lovestruck lady charms the duke of her dreams during an expedition on the high seas in this sexy, swashbuckling novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans.
Alexander Sylvester Bracken, Duke of Bedford, has a mission: sail to the Mediterranean and track down Lady Hestia Cary’s missing father. It is a straightforward task, but for two rather vexing complications. First, the sea holds painful memories; second, for her own safety, Hestia is to accompany him. As Alex battles the demons of his past, he must also resist Hestia’s surprisingly skillful attempts at seduction. After all, Alex has sworn to leave her untouched, and he intends to honor that vow—until he can properly ask the Earl’s blessing.
Ever since His Grace rescued Hestia from the arms of a Turkish pirate six long years ago, her heart has belonged to Alex. So when he agrees to help find her father, Hestia is thrilled. Although Alex tries to hide it, there’s passion in his eyes—and a frisson of desire in the air—whenever they meet. On board ship, miles from home, Alex won’t be able to deny her any longer. But with scoundrels lying in wait, she may not live to tell the tale of her conquest.”
This is the second book of Bronwen Evans I have read, and I am not impressed. I had many issues with this novel, consent being a big one.
To begin, there were many scenes throughout the novel that seemed jumpy. I had to reread several passages to confirm that the author is just being jumpy. It made it hard to follow.
Another issue is the sex. I love a good sex scene, but the ones in this novel are quite ridiculous. The first one lacked consent. That is never acceptable but wasn’t even the worst part. What in the world is wrong with the characters if they are willing to have sex just after killing a man and his dead body is just hanging out in the corner. How does that equate to sexy time?
Another issue I had was the notorious bad guy telling his whole plan before it goes down scenario. This is just dumb. It would have been better as a mystery, without the breakdown.
Overall, I was not impressed with the novel, but did manage to finish it. (I mostly finished it so that I wouldn’t feel guilty moving onto other novels.) I’m not sure I’ll request any from this author in the future.
About the Author
“USA Today bestselling author, Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Evans is a three-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand with her dogs Brandy and Duke.”
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.