Title: Her Wicked Proposal
Series: The League of Rogues, Book 3
Author: Lauren Smith
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: January 19, 2015
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
He doesn’t need his eyes to uncover her true beauty.
Cedric, Viscount Sheridan, is cursed. Once the ton’s golden boy, the loss of his sight has left him a reclusive shell of man. His days of womanizing, horse racing and pistol shooting lost forever.
Offered the chance to recapture a small part of his old life, he can’t refuse—even if it means accepting the shocking proposal of the infamous ice maiden, Anne Chessley.
Still reeling from her father’s death, Anne’s deepest wish is to avoid the hordes of fortune hunters who will soon be beating down her door. Proposing marriage to Cedric is an act of desperation, his unexpected acceptance a strange and wonderful dream.
His only stipulation: she must respond passionately and wantonly in his bed. Her agreement barely crosses her lips before he begins a sensual assault on the icy walls bitter secrets have built around her heart.
Yet even as they catch a glimpse of true happiness, betrayal is poised to sweep them away on opposing tides of danger.
Warning: Contains an outwardly aloof heroine with a secretly tender heart, a once-notorious rake who isn’t quite as rusty at seduction as he feared, and a band of rogues who join together to make sure happily-ever-afters do come true.
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*I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.*
I’m always on the lookout for more historical romance, especially those that feature characters with disabilities. So it’s no surprise that I wanted to check out this book, since the hero was blind. When I was granted an arc, I was very excited to see what kind of story the author would tell, and what I would think of how the author portrayed the hero’s disability.
The characters are what make this novel memorable. Cedric, the aforementioned blind hero, was a very sympathetic character. Due to his parents’ deaths years ago, he had raised his two sisters and taken on is role as a viscount. Adding to all this, Cedric got involved in an accident while trying to save his sister, and consequentially lost his sight. Therefore, I definitely felt bad for him when we first met him. However, Cedric was also very devilish. He was pretty rakish and charming, and I found that it kept him from being too much of an angsty hero.
Anne, the heroine, was different. When the novel opened, she was suffering with grief after losing her father a week before. But I really liked Anne, because she did whatever she had to in order to avoid having to marry someone who wanted her only for her money. The fact that Anne was interested in horses was something I very much appreciated, especially since she wasn’t a physically weak English society lady. Her compassionate nature, as well as the fact that she never looked down on Cedric for his blindness, definitely won me over to Anne’s side.
Then, we have the rest of the League of Rogues. I really liked seeing a group of men be really close friends. I haven’t read many stories where the men were the close-knit group of friends and self-made family. There are two books before this one in the series, so I did miss some of the backstory about a few of the rogues. But I liked all of them that I saw. Especially Jonathan, a man who thought he was a servant for most of his life until he found out that he was actually an aristocrat.
The plot of the book involved one of my favorite tropes, marriage of convenience. Due to her father’s passing, Anne was being pursued by various fortune hunters, as well as a man who had physically harmed her in the past. Because of this, Anne went to Cedric and asked him to propose marriage to her. It was interesting to read about, as the two of them had previously met and liked each other’s looks, but then hadn’t done anything about it. So it was a bit of an unrequited love romance as well. Those typically don’t work well for me, but in this case, I did feel their feelings for one another. In addition to the romance, there was a bit of a revenge plot. Before the opening of the book, Cedric had won some mares from an Arabian slave trader, and he wanted them back, as well as Cedric for a slave. So there was love, friendship, and some exciting action toward the end of the novel.
In the end, I liked this story. Anne and Cedric made a very good couple, and I am a bit intrigued by of the previous couples featured in books one and two of this series. There were some times when the story would switch to a side character’s point of view, and I did get a bit bored. The characters weren’t particularly new in the genre, however I still found them quite likable. I wasn’t really fond of how things ended with Cedric, but it didn’t take away from the story too much. Overall, this book was an enjoyable way to pass an afternoon. I recommend it if you like roguish heroes, heroines who are willing to take action to protect themselves, and stories about loyal friends and family.
Amazon Best-Selling Author Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.