My Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Buy Borrow Bypass
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance—including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury.
A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to such unexplored pleasures.
Bourne may be a prince of London’s underworld, but he vows to keep Penelope untouched by its wickedness—a challenge indeed as the lady discovers her own desires, and her willingness to wager anything for them… even her heart.
I thought the plot was quite engaging. I quite enjoyed the arch of the fallen hero, attempting to regain what he lost. Within this particular story, I especially appreciated the numerous references to Lucifer, hell, and angels. I thought it added an additional layer to this book. I was more interested in Bourne’s attempts to repair his relationship with Penelope than with his attempts to regain his lost property. Bourne and Penelope went through just the right amount of hurdles and made up just enough times to make this a very satisfying relationship.
The characters in this story are fantastic! From heroes, villains, and hilariously awkward side characters, I think MacLean did a great job of making this world come to life. Bourne is, without a doubt, a star. I actually teared up at some of his heartfelt confessions. He is devilishly handsome and complicated and I adore his relationship with Penelope, who is equally fantastic. She has such tenacity, strength, and humor. I honestly wish she were real because I think we’d be great friends!
Overall, I loved this book! I already put the second book in this series on hold at the library. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book, even more so because I picked it up on a whim at the library! I think it’s important you know that I actually delayed the blog post I originally scheduled to go live today in order to publish this review as soon as possible. This book is just that good! This was my first book by MacLean but it will certainly not be my last.
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Page Count: 386
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