Secrets, sins and a scandalous affair
Crispin de Feaux, Marquess of Avenmore, has always done his duty and knows the time has come to find a suitable wife. But when the intrepid Tamsyn Perowne saves his life off the Devonshire coast, Cris is unable to tear himself away…
The widow of a notorious smuggler, Tamsyn would never make an appropriate bride. And Cris has secrets that could tear them apart before they’ve even begun! Yet, for the first time, Cris is tempted to ignore his duty and claim Tamsyn as his own!
The Many Sins of Cris de Feaux was one of my most anticipated reads of 2016, by a favourite author, and part of a series I’ve been really enjoying.
So, how did it fare?
I liked it. It was different to many books in this genre, as it largely takes place in Devon, and it had an unlikely heroine for a marquess.
One of the best things about this book was that the unlikely relationship and the social issues it brought up were all addressed. There is genuine conflict here that is missing in so many of these Cinderella-style romances. Both hero and heroine (and the hero’s earl friend) are well aware anything long-lasting between them is nearly impossible.
I also liked the way the men interacted. They’re high-ranking, important people – and they know it.
This book is an excellent standalone, with only tiny hints here and there that it is part of a series. In fact, this has been the case with the other two books in the series so far, and I really appreciate that. Every entry is very different, with interesting settings and plotlines, and I also appreciate that.
I could nit-pick at bits and pieces of the story, but I don’t want to. I enjoy Louise Allen’s books, and this was another good one.