The Wickedest Lord Alive by Christina Brooke
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Historical, Romance, Regency
Lizzie Allbright is the daughter of Lord Bute and eight years ago, a handsome, tall stranger come to her bedchamber to consummate their marriage that was of the utmost necessity. She was wedded and bedded to the Marquis of Steyne in payment of his mother’s gambling debts. Once it was consummated Lizzie disappeared into the London night.
Marquis of Steyne has nearly forgotten his runaway bride but suddenly he finds himself in need of an heir. His only choice is to track down the bride that disappeared on their wedding night. He finds her living happily and under an assumed name in a small village. Lizzie never expected to see her husband again so is surprised when he shows up. The strong attraction she feels for him is completely unexpected. She is shocked when he asks her to bear him a son. Now she has to figure out a way to have repeat of the heated night as the one they had when they were wed and not fall in love with her husband.
This is a book that starts out fast and doesn’t stop. It has some suspense woven throughout the plot that makes the story even more intriguing. The characters back story is told throughout the book in a way that is well written and the reader is never lost as to what is happening when. As each character works to overcome the past to find happiness in the future it pulls the reader into the story and will keep them turning the pages as they read to see just what will happen next and if they will find their happily ever after. This is a hard book to put down once the reader starts it. They will want to keep reading until the very end. This is part of a series but can be read as a standalone. Though if the rest of the series proves to be like this book readers will want to go back and read the first books in the series just to meet and learn more about the other characters.
I give this one 4-1/2 red roses