Sunday, January 9, 2011

Review: All Night With a Rogue (Lords of Vice #1) by Alexandra Hawkins

Synopsis (via Goodreads):
Notorious, handsome, and decadent, the Lords of Vice prowl the glittering ballrooms of Regency London— breaking rules and hearts with equal aplomb. But even the wildest rogue must eventually meet his match…

Seduce Lady Juliana Ivers and then cast her aside: Those are his sister’s instructions. Alexius Braverton, Marquess of Sinclair—known as Sin to the ton—is happy enough to oblige, especially when he catches a glimpse of his target. Juliana is completely unlike the empty-headed chits who barely hold his attention for a week. A true gentleman would leave her to find a worthy suitor. But then, a Lord of Vice would never claim to be a gentleman.

Juliana is expected to marry well to improve her family’s finances, even if she secretly longs to make a living through her musical compositions. A dalliance can only complicate matters, though not even practical Juliana can help succumbing to the aptly named Sin. But one unforgettable night will draw her into a scandalous affair—and a seduction begun as sport will soon become deliciously, dangerously real…
My Thoughts:Sometimes when you pick up a book, you don't know what you're getting yourself into.  I was thinking this was going to be a formulaic regency romance.  It turned out to be a little bit more than that.  One review I read labeled it at "sleazy" but I'm going to have to respectfully disagree.  It was more along the lines of steamy.  I like steamy.

I think the biggest draw for me was that Juliana wasn't a bubbleheaded society girl looking for a husband.  She fell into Sin's bed with very little prodding from him and she was passionate about her music.  To start with, the fact that she wasn't unwilling in the sex department elevated this book for me.  I really do get tired of the innocent girl who has to be tricked or blackmailed into falling into an affair.  Let me rephrase that: Sometimes I get tired of that.  Sometimes it's exactly what I want to read.

I also liked that Sin's original intentions were to bed her and leave her.  If that makes me sick and twisted, so be it.  I liked that his character was scandalous and unrepentant about the woman he fell into bed with.  I have to admit that his blind devotion to his sister's wishes kinda made me nauseous but I believe he rose above it in the end.  Meaning that I can totally overlook things that the characters learn from.

As far as the book itself, it's a romance with big dresses, petticoats and corsets.  The men like to screw like bunnies and the woman are bound by the rules society sets down for them.  There's not much more to it.  Unless you throw in a strand of pearls.  *wink*

In the end, I liked it.  It was a quick read with fun characters and a weirdly convoluted tale of blackmail and lust.  Which is pretty much exactly what I was looking for.

More books by Alexandra Hawkins

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