The Danger in Tempting an Earl (At the Kingsborough Ball #3)
Author: Sophie Barnes
Release Date: 29 July 2014
Sophie Barnes does it again in this sizzling Regency-set romance where anything can happen at the Kingsborough Ball...
Lucien Marvaine never thought he was good enough for Katherine. As the younger son of an earl, he didn't have a title or prospects. Then fate steps in and gives him a second chance, and this new Earl of Roxbury is determined to make the beautiful Kate his own . . . one touch . . . one kiss at a time.
Katherine never thought of herself as a temptress, certainly not with Lucien. Why, she's known him almost all her life! Yet as she waltzes in Lucien's arms at the Kingsborough Ball, she can't help but be drawn to him. Has he always been this hard and masculine? And where did those dimples come from? Kate is not looking for a husband . . . but how can she not surrender to Lucien's charms when love is at stake?
I liked both Kate and Lucien. Kate had an unhappy marriage which tore down her self-confidence, but she's happier now with her daughter and intends for it to remain just the two of them. Whilst I sympathised with Kate, she could be very stubborn. I'd have melted in the face of Lucien's seduction much earlier.
Lucien is very sweet and I loved that his heart had been so steadfast in its devotion to Kate. His attempts at courtship don't exactly go to plan but eventually his determination pays off!
Kate and Lucien had great chemistry, which proves rather troublesome for Kate since she is determined to recover her comfortable friendship with Lucien. I also enjoyed watching Lucien and Kate rebuild that previous friendship and seeing Lucien gain Kate's trust.
I loved the twists and turns in the story and the resolution to the mystery that runs throughout about the shooting at the Kingsborough Ball. This is a very sweet and emotional second-chance romance. Yet another reason why Sophie Barnes is one of my go-to authors!
*I received a review copy from the publisher, via Edelweiss, for my honest opinion. Thank you!