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I’ve recently read Beckenham’s story in The Greatest Lover Ever (My Review) and thought Xavier, Marquis of Steyne, a most intriguing character. Now I’m looking forward to reading his story especially as he appears to have a wife he hasn’t seen for eight years!

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(The Westruthers, #3)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

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Can an Indecent Proposal

Eight years ago, a tall, handsome stranger entered Lady Alexandra’s bedchamber and consummated a marriage of the utmost necessity. The Marquis of Steyne had agreed to wed and bed Lord Brute’s admittedly lovely daughter to pay off his mother’s gambling debts. But once the deed was done, Steyne’s lawfully-wedded wife vanished into the night…

Lead to Everlasting Love?

Years later, Steyne has nearly forgotten about his runaway bride. But when he suddenly finds himself in need of an heir, he has no choice but to track her down. Living happily in a small village under an assumed name, Alexandra is surprised to see her husband—and to feel such a strong attraction to him. But she is downright shocked when he asks her to bear him a son. How can they possibly repeat the heated encounter of their ill-fated wedding night…without falling hopelessly in love?

 

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(The Westruthers, # 2)

Genre:Historical Romance

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Passion to last a lifetime…

The Sweetest Scandal

Beautiful, exuberant, and stubborn Georgiana Black has more spirit than sense—which she learns when an ultimatum to the Earl of Beckenham ends their engagement. Six years later, Georgie is less concerned with impending spinsterhood than with making sure her young sister doesn’t make the same mistakes she did. But soon Georgie stumbles into a scandalous encounter with none other than her former fiancé. Beckenham is still breathtakingly desirable.

The Truest Temptation

Beckenham’s brief engagement to Georgie taught him one thing: when it comes to a wife, he wants a woman who will do her duty and cause no trouble. When the fiery Georgie falls unexpectedly into his arms, Beckenham remembers just how lushly delectable she is. Suddenly, the idea of actually marrying Georgie is irresistible. In a battle of wills, can passion conquer pride?

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The Westruthers series is a spin off from Ms Brooke’s popular Ministry of Marriage series and features four cousins, Jonathon, Earl of Davenport, Marcus, Earl of Beckenham, Xavier, Marquis of Steyne and Andrew, Viscount Lydgate, all intent on avoiding the parson’s noose. Jonathon succumbed to cupid’s dart in London’s Last True Scoundrel and now it’s Marcus’s turn.

How I imagine Marcus

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“Beckenham’s a dark horse, mark my words. It’s the quiet ones you have to watch.”

How true these words spoken by Jonathon Westruther in London’s Last True Scoundrel turned out to be. Marcus, the eldest of the four cousins, has always been the level-headed, dependable one but, in the previous book, we get a hint of just how devastated he was when Georgie broke off their engagement. In his cousin Cecily’s words…

“…you must know he’s still eating his heart out for that dreadful creature.”

Marcus knows it’s his duty to marry and produce an heir but he wants a countess who will perform her duties without any fuss, leaving him in peace. Someone, totally unlike his former fiancée, the impetuous Georgiana Black.  He decides to seek Xavier’s advice on suitable candidates but arrives to discover one of his cousin’s notorious parties in progress. When Xavier tells him that an unknown woman has claimed his protection, he finds himself involved in a scandalous encounter with none other than his former fiancée.

How I imagine Georgie…
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Six years ago, Georgie’s beauty and vivacity drew men to her like bees to nectar and she enjoyed playing the femme fatale and relished the power it gave her. Only Marcus refused to play her little games and she lost the only man she ever wanted. Her parents were furious when they heard she had jilted Marcus and her father punished her by changing his will leaving all his un-entailed property in Gloucester to Georgie’s half-sister, Violet.

Georgie had refused all subsequent offers of marriage, subduing her impetuousness and devoting herself to seeing Violet settled and happy. Then she intended to set up her own household with the monies left in trust to her by her father. When she discovers that Violet is attending a masquerade party at the Marquis of Steyne’s house, she knows that her sister risks ruining her reputation. Whilst searching for Violet, she finds herself at the mercy of the notorious marquis and insists she is under the protection of the Earl of Beckenham. Locked in one of the empty bedrooms, she is desperately searching for a weapon to protect herself when the door opens…but it not the marquis standing there but her former fiance, Marcus Westruther, Earl of Beckenham.

I loved the romance between Marcus and Georgie…so full of heady sexual tension, passion, wit and charm. I’m sharing a few memorable moments.

In a London ballroom, she was as exotic as a bird of paradise among a gaggle of geese.

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Her mouth dried as he reached up a hand to loosen his cravat, flick it open, and pull the long strip of linen from around his throat. Then he walked over to the washstand, where a pitcher of water and a basin stood as if ready for guests.
“Take your clothes off,” he said to her over his shoulder. “I’ll be with you in a moment.”

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He couldn’t be in the same county as Georgiana Black and resist her siren’s lure.

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How could the strength and warmth of him feel so utterly perfect, when everything else was all wrong?

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His whole spirit lifted, soared high and bright. Filled with an extraordinary sense of rightness, even as the flame of his passion for her burned ever brighter.

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That kiss was incendiary, lascivious, thoroughly consuming, everything he’d dreamed.

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I enjoyed seeing the more playful and seductive Marcus emerge when he is with Georgie while she is now free to be true to her passionate, sensuous nature.  I liked that they were both willing to acknowledge the mistakes of their youth and I love Marcus for appreciating the real Georgie behind her beauty and cherishing her.

There are some lovely funny moments in this book like the amusing scene where Marcus and Georgie have to rescue his rather inebriated group of prospective brides from the grotto or Lydgate’s humorous comment when Marcus is going through the list of potential bride candidates.

Beckenham glanced up from the list. “Doesn’t madness run in the Maxwell family?”
Lydgate ran the feather of his quill between his fingers. “Eccentricity, yes. Madness, no. Never fear. Miss Jennifer Maxwell doesn’t seem to have a tendency to wear a flowerpot on her head instead of a hat or anything like that
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I do love the scenes between Marcus, Xavier and Andrew…the witty banter and the obvious familial affection. You know that they have each other’s backs covered

This was a delightful ‘second chance at love’ romance and there is an excerpt from The Wickedest Lord Alive which definitely makes me want to read Xavier’s story. Not long to wait because it is released on July 1st.

REVIEW RATING:  4.5/5 STARS

SENSUALITY RATING: HOT

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The Westruthers series so far (click on the book cover for more details):

London's Last True Scoundrel (The Westruthers, #1) by Christina Brooke The Greatest Lover Ever (The Westruthers, #2) by Christina Brooke The Wickedest Lord Alive (The Westruthers, #3) by Christina Brooke– July 1st 2014

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(Westruthers #3)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Official Blurb

 

Can an Indecent Proposal

Eight years ago, a tall, handsome stranger entered Lady Alexandra’s bedchamber and consummated a marriage of the utmost necessity. The Marquis of Steyne had agreed to wed and bed Lord Brute’s admittedly lovely daughter to pay off his mother’s gambling debts. But once the deed was done, Steyne’s lawfully-wedded wife vanished into the night…

Lead to Everlasting Love?

Years later, Steyne has nearly forgotten about his runaway bride. But when he suddenly finds himself in need of an heir, he has no choice but to track her down. Living happily in a small village under an assumed name, Alexandra is surprised to see her husband—and to feel such a strong attraction to him. But she is downright shocked when he asks her to bear him a son. How can they possibly repeat the heated encounter of their ill-fated wedding night…without falling hopelessly in love?

(Expected date of publication: Kindle -1 July 2014)

 

LOVE THIS COVER!

 

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THE COUNTESS CONSPIRACY BY COURTNEY MILAN

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(Brothers Sinister #3)

Genre: Historical Romance (Victorian)

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Sebastian Malheur is the most dangerous sort of rake: an educated one. When he’s not scandalizing ladies in the bedchamber, he’s outraging proper society with his scientific theories. He’s desired, reviled, acclaimed, and despised—and he laughs through it all.

Violet Waterfield, the widowed Countess of Cambury, on the other hand, is entirely respectable, and she’d like to stay that way. But Violet has a secret that is beyond ruinous, one that ties her irrevocably to England’s most infamous scoundrel: Sebastian’s theories aren’t his. They’re hers.

So when Sebastian threatens to dissolve their years-long conspiracy, she’ll do anything to save their partnership…even if it means opening her vulnerable heart to the rake who could destroy it for good.

(Expected date of publication – Kindle: 17 December 2013)

★✩★✩★✩★


THE GREATEST LOVER EVER BY CHRISTINA BROOKE

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(Ministry of Marriage #5)(The Westruthers #2)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

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Passion to last a lifetime…

The Sweetest Scandal

Beautiful, exuberant, and stubborn Georgiana Black has more spirit than sense—which she learns when an ultimatum to the Earl of Beckenham ends their engagement. Six years later, Georgie is less concerned with impending spinsterhood than with making sure her young sister doesn’t make the same mistakes she did. But soon Georgie stumbles into a scandalous encounter with none other than her former fiancé. Beckenham is still breathtakingly desirable.

The Truest Temptation

Beckenham’s brief engagement to Georgie taught him one thing: when it comes to a wife, he wants a woman who will do her duty and cause no trouble. When the fiery Georgie falls unexpectedly into his arms, Beckenham remembers just how lushly delectable she is. Suddenly, the idea of actually marrying Georgie is irresistible. In a battle of wills, can passion conquer pride?

(Date of publication – Kindle : 31 December 2013)

★✩★✩★✩★

 

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(Ministry of Marriage #4)(The Westruthers #1)

Genre: Regency Historical Romance

Official Blurb 

London’s Ultimate Bad Boy…

Physically reckless, irrepressibly roguish, and poised on the brink of ruin, Jonathon Westruther, Earl of Davenport, returns from the dead only to throw himself into dissipation. Until he meets his worst nightmare: a straitlaced former schoolteacher he can’t get out of his head. He resolves to seduce the delightful Miss Hilary deVere by fair means or foul. But when his past returns to endanger Hilary, he must protect her at all costs…

Meets England’s Most Proper Miss

Dismissed from her post at a ladies’ academy because of prejudice against her uncouth family, Hilary will do anything to avoid going back to live with her loutish brothers. She longs for a London season to show the world a deVere can behave with utmost decorum and to find a respectable husband. Everything about Lord Davenport appalls her, but desperation makes strange bedfellows. To get to London, Hilary strikes a bargain with the devilish Davenport, confident that she’s immune to his charm. But as she discovers surprising depths beneath his rakish surface, this infamous scoundrel becomes more temptation than even the most proper lady can withstand…

★✩★✩★✩★✩★

“I am London’s most notorious scoundrel. As such, it is my job to seduce you. As a virtuous lady bent on establishing her pristine reputation, it is your job to stop me.”

I really enjoyed this book! A classic opposites attract story, it combines all the right ingredients; an irresistible scoundrel of a hero… a delightfully spirited heroine… sparkling dialogue…delicious chemistry and spicy love scenes… drama…an array of interesting secondary characters.

This is the fourth book in the Ministry of Marriage series and, although it works well as a stand-alone, it would be a pity to miss out on the previous books in this engaging series.

I couldn’t help but fall for Jonathon… he’s such an adorable scoundrel. He has the looks, the intelligence, the charm and a great sense of humour. But dig deeper and you find a man adrift…an honourable man who sacrificed his scientific work and his reputation for the noblest of reasons. Without purpose, his life has spiralled into a continuous round of drinking and womanising and he is tittering on the brink of scandal. Then a ‘virago in tiny, fragile, fairy form’ enters his life!

Hilary is such a delightful heroine but has a lot on her plate. Her guardian is hardly aware of her existence; the deVere family name is synonymous with every type of scandal and the reason she loses her governess job;her brothers are selfish, hard-drinking, womanising louts and the family house is tumbling down around their ears. She dreams of a season in London where she might find a kind, refined gentleman to settle down with and have the security and stability she has always wanted. Then a scoundrel with ’wide, muscled shoulders, a slim, tapered waist, and firm, taut buttocks’ enters her life!

It’s obvious that these two polar opposites are going to clash big time and this leads to some hilarious scenes. One of my favourites is where Mrs Farrington, the lady Hilary hopes will sponsor her London debut, arrives. Failing to heed her manservant Hodgins’s warnings, Hilary takes her guest in the direction of the drawing room only to be met by the sounds of female laughter and the doors flying open to reveal…

Half-naked women, mostly clothed men, empty wine bottles strewn about, articles of clothing festooned over the furniture…
And in the doorway that big, gorgeous ruffian of an earl, standing solid and tall as the trunk of a tree, with two females— two!— twining around him like vines. He grinned down at her. “Care to join us?”
 

I had no difficulty in visualising that hilarious scene!!

Their banter is a total delight as well and this has to be my favourite exchange:

”Ah, “ she said, nodding wisely. “I see that you are like most men, grumpy as a bear with a sore head in the morning.”
His jaw turned granite. “My dear Miss deVere, I have an erection between my legs the approximate size of a flagpole. If you don’t want me to use it, go away.”
 

AN ABSOLUTE GEM!!

I loved the chemistry between Jonathon and Hilary and how they come to love and respect each other and finally realise what they truly want. The ending was beautifully done.

The mystery sub-plot, concerning events in Jonathon’s past, only really builds towards the end of the book but there is quite a tense scene and I’m happy to say the villain gets his just desserts.

I loved the dynamics between Jonathon and his Westruther cousins; the solid, reliable Lord Beckenham, the elegant Viscount Lydgate and the arrogant Marquis of Steyne, all waiting in the wings for their own stories.

I enjoyed seeing Cecily and Rand ( A Duchess to Remember ) and Rosalind and my favourite ‘Beast’, Griffin ( Mad About the Earl ). I loved how everyone rallied round in support of Hilary even those master manipulators the Duke of Montford and Lady Arden. Speaking of Lady Arden, I enjoyed seeing her trounce the irascible Baron deVere!

There is an excerpt from the next book in the series, THE GREATEST LOVER EVER (31 December 2013) and it definitely whetted my appetite for Beckenham’s story.

Now I can’t possibly end this review without allowing you a sneak peek at Jonathon’s glorious buttocks!

REVIEW RATING: 4.5/5 stars

SENSUALITY RATING: HOT

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The Ministry of Marriage series to date (click on the book covers for more details):

Heiress in Love (Ministry of Marriage, #1) Mad About the Earl (Ministry of Marriage, #2) A Duchess to Remember (Ministry of Marriage, #3) London's Last True Scoundrel (Ministry of Marriage, #4) The Greatest Lover Ever (Ministry of Marriage, #5)– 31 December 2013

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Click the link below to Christina Brooke’s website to read excerpts from LONDON’S LAST TRUE SCCOUNDREL (Ministry of Marriage #4) to be published 2 July 2013.

http://www.christina-brooke.com/bookshelf/londons-last-true-scoundrel/

 

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(Ministry of Marriage #5)

Official Blurb 

THE SWEETEST SCANDAL

Beautiful, exuberant, and stubborn Georgiana Black has more spirit than sense—which she learns when an ultimatum to the Earl of Beckenham ends their engagement. Six years later, Georgie is less concerned with impending spinsterhood than with making sure her young sister doesn’t make the same mistakes she did. But soon Georgie stumbles into a scandalous encounter with none other than her former fiancé. Beckenham is still breathtakingly desirable—and as iron-willed as ever…

THE TRUEST TEMPTATION

Beckenham’s brief engagement to Georgie taught him one thing—when it comes to a wife, he wants a woman who will do her duty and cause no trouble. When the fiery Georgie falls unexpectedly into his arms, Beckenham remembers just how lushly delectable she is. Suddenly, the idea of actually marrying Georgie is irresistible. Convincing her will take more than a simple proposal, however. In a battle of wills, can passion conquer pride?

(Expected Date of Publication 31 December 2013)

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