What a Reckless Rogue Needs (The Sinful Scoundrels)
Forever / March 25, 2014 / $8.00 print, $7.99 digital
Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, has no desire to wed, this season or any other. So when his father demands he give up his wild ways and take a wife, Colin refuses. But his father raises the stakes and threatens to sell the ancestral home if Colin doesn't comply. Now Colin has no choice but to find a wife. Unfortunately, the only woman he wants is the one whose heart he broke years ago.
Regardless of the ton's whispers, Lady Angeline Brenham won't settle for anything less than true love. After rejecting more than her share of suitable suitors, spinsterhood looms before her-until the devilishly handsome Colin reappears in her life with a proposition. Angeline vows to keep her feet on the ground and her heart in check. That is, until one searing kiss melts her resolve and reignites a burning desire for more . . .
On the surface, What a Reckless Rogue Needs should just be a simple marriage of convenience trope, with a side of the reformed rake. But just as quietly as the love between Angeline and Colin creeps up on them, so do the subtleties of Vicky Dreiling's latest Sinful Scoundrels novel.
Angeline has been disgraced. Colin is fairly comfortable with his disgrace, but he’s not comfortable with his father selling the estate where his mother is buried. Luckily, these two can serve a purpose to the other:
“…had I listened to Charlotte, I would have escaped the scandal. I could have survived a broken engagement. My mother’s friends would have championed me. Others might have questioned my virtue, but I could have overcome it if I had not played into Lady Cunningham’s scheme. I am sure she was behind it.”
“Angeline, I cannot believe there is no way to resolve this.”
She huffed. “There is. Marriage to a very wealthy and titled gentleman, but no man with sense wants a woman with a ruined past. He would have to be desperate.”
Colin stared at her. The backs of her hands prickled at his intense expression. “What are you thinking?” she asked.
“As it happens, I am desperate.”
And so our twosome, who are still nothing close to a couple, but maybe closer to friends finally, embark on a secret engagement of convenience. From the second these two met one another again, they knew they didn’t like each other. At the same time, however, they also knew they needed one another. As their story unfolds, we begin to like Angeline and Colin as well. Both are put into less than favorable conditions, and while they played a hand in those conditions (Colin by being a rogue, and Angeline by breaking an engagement), they know they shouldn’t be punished.
Luckily, their budding friendship soon ignites into…more than friendship. As it turns out, all that hatred between them hid passion:
“I knew you would be beautiful, but you have surpassed my every expectation.”
She felt as if she’d drunk too much champagne. The desire still lingered, making her a bit lethargic, but he pulled her sleeves up and hooked the back of her gown. She was aware of dampness between her thighs and a yearning for more of the pleasurable sensations he’d excited in her.
He smile a little as he gazed at her. “I find myself amazed and humbled by your response. Whatever else may come, I think in this, we will be very compatible.”
Oh, and they are! But their courtship isn’t an easy one; Angeline is the one to fight the love between them, and what a sweet fight it is. Colin is steadfast and honorable, two characteristics I don’t think even he would have ever have associated with himself until this transformation. It was wonderful to see the love between these two enemies seep into every interaction, and a delightful read!
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Jennifer Proffitt is a Midwest transplant to New York City. She spends most of her time reading and writing about romance, but you can follow her other adventures on Twitter @JennProffitt. She works for Heroes and Heartbreakers.