All of the young ladies whispered about the Duke of Mondvale in hushed tones, their eyes following his tall, dark figure with barely disguised lust. For the newly-ostracised Lady Constance Thornton, he is magnetic and altogether desirable. Irresistibly so. Since her reputation is already ruined in London society, why shouldn’t she be impudent and dance with the scandalous “Lord of Sin”?
Little does she know of his plans.
The beautiful and innocent Lady Constance is no mere plaything for Lucan Wynwood. She will be his revenge. By ruining her, he will have his vengeance against her brother. Except that the Lady Constance is full of surprises…and now she could well be the ruin of him.
I love the Victorian era, and this book is set in the second half of the 19th century. I am not a fan of revenge romances but I like this author’s writing, so I thought I’d try it.
And yes, I did really enjoy the writing, and I also enjoyed the characters.
My problem with the revenge trope is that I don’t see how we’re supposed to like a man who is fine with ruining an innocent woman’s life right up until the moment he decides he’s in love with her. He shouldn’t have to be in love in order to do the right thing!
So I went into this one worried, but in the end I think the author drew out the revenge thing just as long as she could before I started hating the guy. I think he came to his senses early enough I could cope with it.
It’s still not a trope I love, but I think some do it better than others.
Even though things moved fairly (well, really!) fast with the physical side of the relationship, I do think that time was taken to show the characters actually falling in love.
A solid read.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.