Tracy’s rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Series: Rebellious Desires, #1
Release Date: November 13, 2017
After finishing the book and mulling it over, I upped my rating to a 4.5, rounded up.
I really enjoyed this book, Georgiana and Rhys are both extremely likable characters.
Georgiana is the widowed Duchess of Hardcastle, she is admired by the ton, a patron of the arts, a loving and devoted mother to her young son and she is restless. She is being pressured by her family to remarry, but what she longs for is passion. When a nursemaid in her employ disappears without a trace and all her efforts to find the woman fail, Georgiana is introduced to Rhys Tremayne, “The Broker”. Georgiana is immediately attracted to Rhys, but an affair with him would mean social ruin for not only her, but her family and her young son.
Rhys is a self made man, he has clawed his way up from the gutters and collects secrets which he uses to barter for favors – he is sort of the regency era “Godfather”. He has used his talent to build a fortune and owns several profitable businesses. He has the wealth and the power to topple governments, but he doesn’t have what he wants the most – the ability to introduce his sisters to the ton. When he meets Georgiana for the first time, he is stunned by his reaction to her, he wants her more than anything he has ever wanted in his life, but she is so far out of his social realm that he knows that there could never be anything between them. He helps her find her missing nursemaid and asks for nothing in return.
Weeks later Georgiana is in need of Rhys’ help again, but this time he does ask for a favor. He asks Georgiana to sponsor his sister and she readily agrees. They finally give into the barely contained attraction between them and begin a scorching HOT love affair. They are extremely discreet, but when there is a caricature in the papers implying Georgiana and Rhys are involved, she backs away from him – but she can’t seem to let him go.
When Rhys confronts her and learns a secret about her, he asks her to marry him, shocking both of them. Georgiana turns him down, afraid of what society will do to both of them and their families and they end their affair.
Weeks pass and Georgiana decides that she is willing to face the censure of the ton, if it means she can be with Rhys – but it appears that Rhys has moved on. Can these two have a HEA? You will have to read the book to find out.
I thought this was one of the best books I have read by this author, it is well written, flows perfectly, has super HOT love scenes, wonderful secondary characters, believable obstacles keeping our lovers apart and finally a sigh worthy ending. Ms. Reid has come a long way in her accuracy of titles and formal address, but there were still a few mistakes in the book and I didn’t 100% buy that the ton would so willingly accept his sister – so that is why I knocked off 1/2 a star. But I would happily recommend this book to anyone who likes a HOT historical romance.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher*