Title: A Night of Forever
Author: Bronwen Evans
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept
Date of publication: October 25th, 2016
Number of pages: 300
Series: The Disgraced Lords
A Kiss of Lies – Book 1
A Promise of More – Book 2
A Touch of Passion – Book 3
A Whisper of Desire – Book 4
A Taste of Seduction – Book 5
A Night of Forever – Book 6
A Love to Remember – Book 7 (expected date of publication: June 6th, 2017)
POV: 3rd person
Where you can find this book: Amazon
Distrust is no match for desire as a proper young miss and a self-professed rogue hunt down a murderer in this thrilling Disgraced Lords novel from the USA Today bestselling author of A Kiss of Lies and A Taste of Seduction.
Arend Aubury trusts no one besides his fellow Libertine Scholars. After his family escaped from France, penniless and persecuted, only the Scholars took him in. So when the stepdaughter of the villainess who has been plotting against them approaches Arend with allegations against their enemy, he suspects a double cross. Yet Isobel is a tantalizing prize, with lips as sweet as champagne and skin as creamy as Camembert. Is she a feast for the senses—or a bitter trap?
Lady Isobel Thompson dreams of marrying an honorable gentleman with a spotless reputation, a trait that Arend seems to lack completely. But Isobel believes that her stepmother is responsible for her father’s death, and only Arend has the skills to uncover the truth. As a cover, Arend suggests a fake betrothal—and soon Isobel finds herself forgetting that their courtship is a ploy. He’s so different from the man of her fantasies, and yet he’s so terribly handsome, so dangerously intoxicating—and all Isobel wants is more.
I went into this book thinking that it was going to be one of those historical romances that the heroine was a dimwit and the hero had major trust issues and couldn’t get over them. I was right about the hero but oh boy, was I wrong about the heroine. I admit when I am wrong. It isn’t often but I admit it.
Isobel really surprised me. I thought she would be one of those heroines who was always getting into trouble and then is like “why is this happening to me”. The only time that happened was in the prologue….when she was kidnapped by the Libertine Scholar’s enemy and sent on a wild carriage ride with Marisa that resulted in Marisa being seriously injured. All of the situations that she found herself in after that, she took responsibility for.
Arend Aubury, Baron Labourd, has some pretty dark secrets and was scarred by events that had happened to him while he was in Paris and Brazil. He refused to let anyone but the Libertine Scholars close to him and forget it if it was a beautiful woman. Then he froze her out. I honestly felt awful for him when he was reliving the past and it was refreshing to see a historical novel that dared to touch on some darker subjects in detail.
Isobel has fallen under Arend’s radar because her stepmother, Victoria, is believed to be the madwoman stalking his friends and their wives. They believe that Isobel is helping her. Which is actually the farthest thing from the truth. Isobel believes that Victoria killed her father (in a fire along with his mistress) and is trying to secure a marriage that will take her away from Victoria.
It doesn’t help that every time Victoria does something, Isobel is there or has knowledge of it. Still, even with all that hanging over her head, Arend still manages to become very attracted to her. Even goes as far as to propose a “fake” engagement after Isobel tells him what I outlined above. His reasoning, it would be a great way to fool Victoria and for Arend to keep a close eye on Isobel.
Yeah, that didn’t go over too well. Soon, Isobel and Arend have kinda sorted consummated their relationship in a stable (he went down on her). That leads to Arend getting struck on the head with a piece of wood and Isobel being kidnapped with her friend Evangeline’s young son Sealy. Which didn’t look well for her because her information (stolen from Victoria) led his friends in the opposite direction as to where Arend was. So yeah, it’s understandable why Arend and his friends didn’t really trust her. If I were in their shoes, I wouldn’t either.
The sex scenes between Arend and Isobel were unbelievably hot. Like off the page scorching hot. Which is another reason why I liked this book. Isobel actively went after Arend and told him what she wanted. Something other historical romances don’t do. Either they wait until marriage or the heroine’s first time is really rushed. Let’s just say that Isobel’s wasn’t nor were all the times afterward. They were like rabbits….lol.
I cried when Arend finally opened up (under duress but let’s not get technical here) about what happened to him. Isobel’s reaction was perfect and definitely what Arend needed.
In a way, I did feel bad for Victoria too. For something that awful to happen to a girl who was that young, it is bound to affect her and not in a good way. She let vengeance rule her life and she was willing to sacrifice everything to get to the son of the person she held responsible for what happened to her (not going to tell you who….read the book)
The end of the book and the prologue made me bawl. There’s a twist that took me by surprise. Also, there is a HEA for Arend and Isobel (and the other wives who were mentioned). The author did pave the way for book 7 and I can’t wait to read it. I also am going to eventually buy the other books too because I really want to read the other couple’s stories.
How many stars will I give A Night of Forever: 4
Why: A great historical romance with steamy sex scenes and plenty of action
Will I reread: Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes
Age range: Adult
Why: Sex and violence.
**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**