Publication Date: August 5, 2013
“I need no further proof that you are despicable!” Lilith Davenant’s sensibilities were appropriately offended. How dare the brazen Lord Julian Brandon kiss her when he knew full well the man she was to marry was in the next room! It mattered not that the cad was handsome, charming and witty…unlike the staid, auburn-haired young widow’s fiance. Lilith’s repute meant all. Never did she imagine the blackguard’s amorous pursuit was the result of a wager to sully her flawless reputation. Nor did she dream that one day she would yearn for Julian’s irresistible embrace-and that a reckless gamble would cause the notorious rake to lose his heart…just as Lilith discovered her own!
So this isn’t something I would normally read let alone review here on my blog since I mainly read young adult. However I enjoy a good break from my usual genre in order to read something else. This book was recommended to me by my mother-in-law who usually reads nothing but Newbury Award Winning books…so like middle grade or younger. Which says something about THIS book.
Originally written in 1990, this is your typical reform-the-rake/seduce-the-prude story. However shockingly this is clean! What I mean by that is there are no graphic sex scenes! *gasps* which is another reason why I’m reviewing it! Hey if I can find a good fun, relatively clean book outside my norm then hey! I might as well spread the word! Now, that being said I would still say this more for older audiences due to just the idea itself.
Lilith, a widow known for her complete and utter “coldness” of nature. Which in reality was pure discipline. She is regal, poise, and always in control of her thoughts, words, and emotions. Nothing escapes her without her consent. She is know as “the ice queen” for her rather cool and composed character. Yet she is kind, thoughtful and very generous. Due to her financial situation that her dead husband left her in she accepts the hand in marriage to a man who seeks nothing but a life in politics. And what better wife is there than someone as composed as Lilith.
Julian Wyndhurst, Marquess of Brandon bored, spoiled and a known scoundrel who is rich and who knows he’s good-looking. Julian lives to enjoy himself no matter how it affected others. A real rouge. In order to save his cousin from entering into matrimony with his mistress, he enters into a wager to see if he can seduce the impenetrable Lilith. If he succeeds this mistress will leave his cousin and life alone, but if he fails then Julian must not stand in the way of her happiness.
The wit and story telling was wonderfully paced. I enjoyed the slow moving and the slow thawing of this “ice-queen.” I loved Julian’s humor and way of doing things.
I really enjoyed the story and thought it was well written and completely. This is a romance novel with an actual storyline that does a great job without graphic sex! Now this is still a romance novel and will say there are plenty of sexual understanding.
Overall if you’re an adult and looking for a witty romance, check this out!
Sexual Content: moderate