Monday, January 13, 2014

"The Rogue's Proposal" by Jennifer Haymore


SERIES: House of Trent #2
PUBLISHER: Piatkus Entice
GENRE: Historical Romance
SOURCE: Publisher
LINKS: Goodreads | Book Depository

Lord Lukas Hawkins, the rakish second son of the House of Trent, has never found a wager he couldn't win or a woman he couldn't seduce—until his search for his missing mother leads him to a mysterious encounter with a beautiful stranger. Luke's mother has been missing for months, and while his honorable older brother Simon, Duke of Trent, leads the official investigation from London, Luke sets out on a somewhat seedier path. Sources have told him his mother was last seen with a scoundrel named Roger Morton, but their association isn't clear. Was she kidnapped or did she go willingly? While searching for Morton, Luke meets Emma Anderson, a secretive beauty with her own reasons for hunting Morton. At first Luke laughs at the idea of allowing a woman to join him in his search, but soon Emma's insights into Morton—like the woman herself—prove impossible to resist.


I was really looking forward to reading this second instalment in the House of Trent series, especially because of the brother it focuses on, and I'm pleased to say that it didn't disappoint me at all. On the contrary, it surprised me with an even better Lukas Hawkins (and extremely hot!) than the one I previously pictured in my head.

The reasons why Lord Lukas doesn't let anyone in, run deep and painfully in his past. A past he has always kept all for himself to protect his family, but by doing so he inevitably lost their trust. Despite his pushing everyone away, it's clear that what he craves in truth is for someone to understand him. But he's so afraid and lost that he can't believe there is a single soul who could ever possibly accept him. That, of course, before meeting Emma, who shows a hidden side (unknown to herself as well) for Lukas practically impossible to resist to... And then everything becomes enticing beyond expectations!

A delightfully written novel with a dominant male in it who knows how to make your toes curl with just a whisper... Isn't that so, Mrs. Curtis?

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