- Ellora's Cave
- Release Date
- March 2013
Erotic Romance, Historical Romance
Victoria, Countess of Pembroke, knew her marriage wasn't a love match, but she certainly hadn't expected to be wedded, bedded and abandoned in the countryside. When her husband suddenly returns bent on seduction, she's suspicious of his motives, even though she finds it difficult indeed to resist his knowing hands and hot kisses.
Pembroke can't allow Victoria to discover the real reason for his reappearance in her life. To get what he wants, he'll do anything, even if it means bedding the wife he never wanted.
But what begins as a tedious task turns into a raging passion neither of them can deny. As the truth unravels at last, they must choose between forgetting the past or allowing it to consume them.
May 01, 2013 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
136 people found the following review helpful
I'm not gonna kid you here. It was the blurb that drew me in and made me wanna read this story. It had a plot that promised to bring a lot of angst to the story and that gets me every time. I see the woman done wrong thing and just know it's gonna be an entertaining read because some guy's bound to earn his redemption.
Yep, I was right. Pembroke was in bad need of redeeming and by the time the story ended, he deserved his happy ending. It was a great story and I loved it.
Victoria, poor Victoria. Wedded, bedded and abandoned to her loneliness, while her husband lives it up with all manner of hussies. Her feelings are shattered but she's strong and she moves on. Then the jerk shows back up, giving her some line about trying again. But she ain't having any of it. She suspects he's got another trick up his sleeve and she'd be right.
Pembroke was a big old jerk at first and I didn't like him in the least. Not gonna ruin the story for others and say, why but it wasn't very nice. When Victoria makes it clear that she's not going down so easy this time, he tries to woo and seduce her and maybe get what he came back for after all. She just wants out but her man is a charming rogue so it is what it is.
Only thing is that while he's trying to win her heart again, he falls for his unwanted wife. At first he was hoping she won't find out what's up until he gets what he wants and now he's hoping it because he doesn't want to lose her. Pembroke undergoes a catharsis of sorts. Didn't I just know it. It explains why he acts the way he does and revealed a welcome depth of character that I hadn't expected. It had him facing some of the things he's done and trying to make amends.
I felt that the story mostly revolved around the journey that the "hero" made and how he changed. He started off as a rather detestable fellow in my estimation and he ended up being quite likeable.
Victoria grew in character as well. In tiny flashbacks I saw how she had allowed herself to be bamboozled by the charming rogue in the first place. I'd wondered at at first and am glad that Ms Scott gave me those few glimpses. It explained a lot. Then when her man came back, it was obvious that she wasn't the same girl he'd wooed during the courtship. She had grown and I saw some of that growth as I read along. That's one of the things I look for in a good book. Depth of character and watching how those characters grow.
For a short story, this was a great book. I enjoyed the plot and the characters and really got into the story, as evidenced by my anger at Pembroke and my sympathy for Victoria. Oh, and the love scenes were steamy. Almost forgot to say that since I got busy singing praises here. Wouldn't do to forget those. Just saying.
I wouldn't mind giving Scarlett Scott another try in the future, since I enjoyed this one a lot. So I'm giving HER ERRANT EARL four flying stars.
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