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The Bedding Proposal

(The Rakes of Cavendish Square, #1)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Cover Blurb:

From New York Times bestselling author Tracy Anne Warren, the first of a new trilogy about the most dashingly dangerous men in London.

Pay a call to the most seductive address in London and meet the Rakes of Cavendish Square…

Lord Leo Byron is bored with the aristocratic company he keeps; he needs a distraction, preferably in the form of a beautiful new female companion. So when he sets eyes on fascinating and scandalous divorcée Lady Thalia Lennox, he’s determined to make her intimate acquaintance. But the spirited woman seems to have no intention of accepting his advances no matter how much he chases—or how hard he falls…

Once a darling of Society, Thalia Lennox now lives on its fringes. The cruel lies that gave her a notoriously wild reputation have also left her with a broken heart and led to a solemn vow to swear off men. Still, Leo Byron’s bold overtures are deliciously tempting, and, for the first time, she finds herself wondering whether it just might be worth the risk to let the attractive rake into her life—and her bed…

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Tracy Anne Warren is an author whose books I have wanted to read for some time and her new series, The Rakes of Cavendish Square, seemed like the perfect opportunity. I certainly wasn’t disappointed after reading THE BEDDING PROPOSAL, the first book in the series, which I loved.

Lord Leopold (Leo) Byron is the fifth son of a duke and, although he has studied law like his twin brother, Lawrence, he prefers living the life of a gentleman, while Lawrence became a barrister. Sound investments have provided sufficient monies to fund Leo’s lifestyle but, at the age of 25, his life has no real purpose other than the pursuit of pleasure.

“You’re five-and-twenty now. You could do with some purposeful direction.”
“The only direction I need is to be pointed toward a fresh glass of wine,” Leo said, tossing back the last of his champagne. “That and a proper bit of entertainment.”

A new mistress could be on the agenda but Leo wants someone unique; a woman who other men would go to any lengths to possess. So, when he sets eyes on the infamous Lady Thalia Lennox, he is determined to make her his mistress despite Lawrence’s warnings.

“…she uses men like toys and discards them once they’re broken, to say nothing of the fact that she’s several years your senior.”
Leo couldn’t repress a slowly forming grin as he turned to his twin. “Just look at her. She can’t be that much older, even if she has been married and divorced. As for her using me like a toy, I look forward to being played with. Anywhere. Anytime.”

Lady Thalia Lennox was the darling of the Ton until six years ago when her husband divorced her after a much-publicised affair. Left homeless and penniless, a small legacy from her maternal grandmother, consisting of a furnished town house and sufficient money to maintain it, meant she could live in a decent part of London. Since the divorce, she has been a social outcast, living on the periphery of polite society, and rumours abound of numerous affairs but the reality is very different.

No, she was quite alone and quite lonely.
Ironic, she mused, considering the constant parade of lovers she supposedly entertained—at least according to the gossip mavens and scandal pages that still liked to prattle on about her. Given their reports of her behavior, one would imagine her town house door scarcely ever closed for all the men going in and out—or perhaps it was only her bedroom door that was always in need of oil for the hinges.

Feeling lonely and with the only two friends who stuck by her after the divorce away at their husbands’ country estates, she accepts an invitation to a party. There, she meets the outrageous and arrogant Lord Leopold Byron who seems unable to take no for an answer.

Initially, Leo is annoyingly persistent in his pursuit of Thalia but I could understand his belief that she would welcome his overtures given her reputation. Thalia is her own woman, independent and self-sufficient and has no intention of yielding to him because…

For as charming and persuasive as Leopold Byron might be, she had no illusions about the fact that he considered her a prize to be won.

I enjoyed the battle of wills, the banter and the fact that Thalia is just as stubborn as Leo is. She successfully thwarts him at every turn and I love the prank she plays on him (the scene is so funny) although it doesn’t turn out exactly as she planned. Leo discovers that Thalia is brave, resourceful and clever and realises that he wants to know all about this beautiful, mysterious woman. He begins to doubt everything he believed about her when they first met.

What a puzzle she was. A beautiful, mysterious conundrum that demanded to be solved. The longer he knew her, the less about her he really understood.

Thalia’s story is so heart-breaking and I empathised with her feelings of hurt and betrayal. No wonder she had trust issues; Everyone, even her relatives, accepted her husband’s side of the story without question and she was never allowed to tell her side until Leo asks the question no one else had ever asked – “Tell me the truth. Your truth.” – and believes her. I love that this was the catalyst for Leo and Thalia to finally make love because it felt right. The love scene is beautifully done…tender, romantic and sensual.

A tear slid from the corner of her eye, but it was a tear of happiness.
Of healing.
As if this were her first time all over again and he the only lover she had ever known.
And would ever know again.

I couldn’t help but fall in love with Leo, especially when he gives Thalia the Meissen box, knowing how much it means to her, and replaces her great-grandmother’s pearls which her husband had sold. It warmed my heart to see Leo’s growing feelings for Thalia and how her outward beauty reflects an inner beauty. His love for and devotion to her is so heart-warming.

I enjoyed the banter between Leo and his twin brother, Lawrence, and meeting the other members of the Byron family. I also loved the way all the family members accepted Thalia (not surprising as they were scandal prone themselves).

But the Byrons had been all gentle smiles and shared commiseration. None of them had questioned her presence. Not one had treated her with anything but respect.

If I have one niggle, it’s that the main obstacle to Leo and Thalia’s HEA is resolved rather too conveniently but this wasn’t enough to prevent me from giving it 5 stars.

MY VERDICT: A well-written, emotionally satisfying, character driven love story. Highly recommended.


REVIEW RATING: 5/5 STARS

SENSUALITY RATING: WARM

 

The Rakes of Cavendish Square series (click on the book covers for more details):

The Bedding Proposal (The Rakes of Cavendish Square, #1) by Tracy Anne Warren Happily Bedded Bliss (The Rakes of Cavendish Square, #2) by Tracy Anne Warren Bedchamber Games (The Rakes of Cavendish Square #3) by Tracy Anne Warren

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BOOK TAG

Blog Post - Tag I'm It

Fellow blogger Melanie Friedman from  Bookworm2Bookworm has challenged me to this Book Tag post


RULES:

You must be honest.
You must answer all the questions.
You must tag at least 4 people.

Here goes!


1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?

I’ve discovered that there are two, Not Quite a Lady and Miss Wonderful by Loretta Chase, that have been on my Goodreads “To-Read” shelf since 31 July 2010. As Loretta Chase is one of my top favourite authors and I have read all the other books in the Carsington Brothers series, I’m not sure why they are still languishing there!

Not Quite a LadyMiss Wonderful 2


2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Current:
Happily Bedded Bliss by Tracy Anne Warren.

Last:
The Bedding Proposal by Tracy Anne Warren, the first book in her Rakes of Cavendish Square series. I loved this and started reading the second book in the series straight after.

Next: Her Enemy at the Altar by Virginia Heath.

Happily Bedded BlissThe Bedding ProposalHer Enemy at the Altar


3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

I can’t recall any book that I’ve truly hated but Lisa Kleypas’ Crystal Cove, the last book in her contemporary Friday Harbor series, was a real disappointment.

Crystal Cove


4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

I downloaded Outlander by Diana Gebaldon but I’m sure I’ll never read it.


5. What book are you saving for retirement?

No need to save any books because I’m already retired!


6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

I always wait until the end because I want to savour the hero and heroine’s journey to their Happy Ever After.


7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

I am rather biased because I have been the recipient of such an Acknowledgement from an author.


8. Which book character would you switch places with?

Aline Marsden in Lisa Kleypas’ Again the Magic because I want to hear John McKenna say:

I want morning and noon and nightfall with you. I want your tears, your smiles, your kisses…. the smell of your hair, the taste of your skin, the touch of your breath on my face. I want to see you in the final hour of my life….to lie in your arms as I take my last breath.”

Again the Magic

 

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

I still have a copy of Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught because this was the book that introduced me to the wonderful world of historical romance.

Whitney, My Love


10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

I can’t recall one.


11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Not really, but I do donate books to the local Marie Curie Hospice for sale in their local charity shop. The hospice is dedicated to ensuring that people living with a terminal illness and their families get the best support and care.


12. Which book has been with you most places?

No special book but now, with the Kindle app. on my iPhone, I can carry lots of books.


13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

There was only one book I really hated which was Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope. Unfortunately, I still hate it today!


14. Used or brand new?

I’ve bought both used and new books.


15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

No, I have never read any of his books.


16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

I can’t really think of one.


17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Oh, yes. In Lisa Kleypas’ Dream Lake, the heroine, Zoë, is a wonderful cook and the culinary delights are so vividly described that I could positively smell the aromas wafting past my nose and taste all the mouth-watering delicacies.


18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

My dear friend, Wendy Loveridge.


19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

I remember reading The Lady’s Tutor, an erotic novel by Robin Schone. Erotica was a genre that never really appealed to me but I loved this book. It wasn’t just an excuse for a series of explicit sex scenes with the flimsiest of plots, it had an intriguing storyline and a darkly, sensual romance.

The Lady's Tutor

 

Now I’m tagging:

Frankie – Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Dot Salvagin – ladeetdareads

Jaci Tobin – The Reading Wench

Rose – Roses Are Blue

l look forward to reading your answers, ladies.

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