I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Days of Rakes and Roses by Anna Campbell
Series: Sons of Sin #1.5
Published by Forever on July 2, 2013
Genres: Historical Romance
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Lady Lydia Rothermere has spent the past decade trying to make up for a single, youthful moment of passion. Now the image of propriety, Lydia knows her future rests on never straying outside society's rigid rules, but hiding away the desire that runs through her is harder than she could have ever dreamed. And as she prepares for a marriage that will suit her family, but not her heart, Lydia must decide what's more important: propriety or passion?
Simon Metcalf is a rake and adventurer. But for all his experience, nothing can compare to the kiss he stole from the captivating Lydia Rothermere ten years ago. Simon can scarcely believe he's about to lose the one woman he's never forgotten. The attraction between them is irresistible, yet Lydia refuses to forsake her engagement. With his heart on the line, will Simon prove that love is a risk worth taking?
Lady Lydia Rothermere was caught in a compromising situation 10 years ago with Simon Metcalf. She spent the years in between being a paragon of virtue and modest behavior. He left the country and, rumor has it, lived the life of a rake. Now he’s back when she’s just days from marrying a man she doesn’t love.
What I liked
I really liked how the story starts with Lydia’s point of view and then shifts to Simon’s. The picture she paints of him gets redrawn once I discovered what he’d been up to for the last ten years. I was at first reluctant to root for him but, things changed.
It’s no secret that these two will end up together but the path back was more than a bit rocky. This series isn’t titled Sons of Sin for nothing as both Lydia and Simon have questionable heritages. Though she’s the daughter of a Duke, Lydia’s passionate nature doesn’t fall far from the proverbial apple tree and the story doesn’t disappoint.
The bottom line
I loved the first book in the series and though this one is short, it sets up the next books in the series very effectively while giving us Lydia and Simon’s story. It’s one of the better historical romances on my shelf.
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