Author: Bronwen Evans
Original Title: A Wishper of Desire
Release Year: December 2015
Literary Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: England, Regency
Series: 4th of The Disgraced Lords
This romance will be released the 1st of December 2015
I L O V E D this romance!
It reminded me of Let Sleeping Rogues Lie, and I do adore that romance, the characteristics the novels share are so little adopted in historical romances and, at the same time, so very much needed! I don't understand why heroes like Bronwen Evans' Maitland and Sabrina Jeffries' Anthony are not more common in this genre.
But as always, a great romance can't be considered so just because of a hero or a heroine, the perfection is given by the combination of the protagonists, and here, an amazing hero is matched with an excellent heroine, Lady Marisa Hawkestone.
Maitland, the Duke of Lyttleton, is not a rake, at first glance he's restrained, moderate and with an impeccable aplomb. But behind this very ducally attitude he can be also extremely, and I put the emphasis on EXTREMELY, passionate. However, he feels the need to restrain this fire because of a fear which is following him since he was a young boy.
He is deeply tormented and his darkness comes from a terrible relationship and figure from his past, a father who should have been an example but who had been not only negative, but also perversely destructive.
However, despite the anguish, Maitland can be also very sweet, protective and cheerful, and he gives his best with Marisa. I loved their interactions, they are very engaging, emotional and even funny. They have this perfect connection, also when there are incomprehension between them.
Marisa's boldness is so very entertaining, she's sympathetic, as passionate as Maitland but with a combination of curiosity and naivety which is particularly adorable and, in some instance, very funny indeed.
This romance, however, has also very sad and moving moments, and it's in those parts that the author confirms the great ability to picture the depth of Maitland and Marisa's love. In the tragedy their relationship shows its strength and this is intensely touching.
I'm very much looking forward for the next novels in the series, I'm a great appreciator of both Arend and Hadley and I'm eager to see what is in store for them both; even if I must say that A Whisper of Desire epilogue seems to prospect quite a lot of problems, obstacles and affliction, which however won't stop me! Moreover I must know who is the evil enemy (whom, however, I'm not able to totally despise; also if we don't know her identity yet, she clearly has suffered immensely because of the depravation and cruelty of the Libertine Scholars' parents, Maitland's father included, and she definitely and unfortunately manages to gain part of her revenge in A Whisper of Desire).
** I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book on courtesy of NetGalley and Loveswept in exchange for an honest review, thank you for the opportunity **