His brother's untimely death leaves him with an Earldom and a fiancée. Too bad he wants neither of them...
Theodora Lawton has no need of a husband. As an independent woman, she wants to own property, make investments and be the master of her destiny. Unfortunately, her father signed her life away in a marriage contract to the future Earl of Stonemere. But then the cad upped and died, leaving her fate in the hands of his brother, one of the renowned Lustful Lords.
Achilles Denton, the Earl of Stonemere, is far more prepared to be a soldier than a peer. Deeply scarred by his last tour of duty, he knows he will never be a proper, upstanding pillar of the empire. Balanced on the edge of madness, he finds respite by keeping a tight rein on his life, both in and out of the bedroom. His brother’s death has left him with responsibilities he never wanted and isn’t prepared to handle in the respectable manner expected of a peer.
Further complicating his new life is an unwanted fiancée who comes with his equally unwanted title. Saddled with a hand-me-down countess, he soon discovers the woman is a force unto herself. As he grapples with the burden of his new responsibilities, he discovers someone wants him dead. The question is, can he stay alive long enough to figure out who’s trying to kill him while he tries to tame his headstrong wife?
His Hand-Me-Down Countess (Lustful Lords #1)
by Sorcha Mowbray
Achilles Denton was a second son with no expectations to become the Earl of Stonemere. When his brother and father pass away, he doesn’t have an alternative, but to honor the lineage and take over the responsibilities of his inherited position, including the engagement to proper Lady Theodora Lawton.
The crux of the matter for this couple is that Achilles is the fierce leader of a group of men known in society as the Lustful Lords and their sexual proclivities are not precisely of the garden variety. On the other hand, Theo wants to keep her financial independence and is not some demure miss that will just look the other way while her husband takes a mistress.
Pair this situation with Stonemere military past and his newfound proneness to accidents and you will get a rather entertaining/suspenseful regency romance.
This was my first read by this author and I must admit this was far from what I expected, but I guess that’s what happens when a book starts as this one. I wasn’t overtly taken by the characters, but I found interest in some aspects of the story and I’d be lying if I said I’m not looking forward to finding out what’s in store for the other Lords.
IMO some things were rather obvious and I was not happy with how easy Theo submits to Stonemere’s ways, for one so independent and strong headed, but it was a fast and entertaining read and I found it somewhat enjoyable. Nonetheless, I think some people might not enjoy the particulars of the main characters intimate relationship.
3.5 Book Corner Stars
*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review*
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Sorcha Mowbray is a mild mannered office worker by day…okay, so she is actually a mouthy, opinionated, take charge kind of gal who bosses everyone around; but she definitely works in an office. At night she writes romance so hot she sets the sheets on fire! Just ask her slightly singed husband.
She is a longtime lover of historical romance, having grown up reading Johanna Lindsey and Judith McNaught. Then she discovered Thea Devine and Susan Johnson. Holy cow! Heroes and heroines could do THAT? From there, things devolved into trying her hand at writing a little smexy. Needless to say, she liked it and she hopes you do too!
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