“And what happened to your one-night rule? Hmm?”

What indeed? She knew the answer to this one. There had never been a man who had offered her a night like the one she’d just had. Not. Ever. She drew in a breath, aware that he was intently searching her face, awaiting an answer. “You appear to be a rare exception. And as such, I suppose I can spare another night.”

His mouth quirked. “It’ll be a pleasure ensuring that the next time I see you, you’ll spare me several thousand more.”

Redonk Nutshell: Man & woman from two different classes fall for each other and strive to find a way to be together

Matthew Milton has built himself up as a force to be reckoned with in the notorious Five Points of NYC after he and his father lost everything they had. Despite his tough exterior he’s perfected over the years, at heart he is a terrible romantic. When he finds himself face to face with Lady Bernadette Burton he immediately feels drawn to her, even more so when she is not scandalized by his rough look: he wears a patch over one eye after permanent sight loss, wears continually mended clothing, and openly wears pistols and blades.

Little does he know that Bernadette nurses a fierce pirate fetish

When these two come together it creates some serious sparks.  Despite their chemistry, their lives are complicated by the light and day differences in their daily lives: Matthew thieves for a living and Bernadette is a wealthy, aristocratic widow.  When his antics get him in trouble with the law and Bernadette calls in what few favors she has left in the aristocracy, it forces Matthew to re-evaluate his plan not only for himself, but also for his street crew that has self-policed their rough district.  With a bump from Bernadette, Matthew completely turns around his fortune and his life, effectively helping to clean up The Five Points and also properly pursue the woman who so ensnared him.

I really enjoyed this book. I found it very romantic. It’s the second in a series by Ms. Marvelle featuring rough and tumble heroes and heroines from The Five Points. It had been awhile since I’ve read the first, but it gradually came back to me while reading this one.  I loved the romance and seduction in this tale – Matthew and Bernadette are quite an interesting and prideful pair.  They make for some super steamy scenes – their first sexual encounter had me cocking an eyebrow with intrigue – as well as for some pretty heart wrenching and heartfelt everyday interaction.  I have a soft spot for 1800’s New York City, so it was really fascinating to travel back to that time.

Forever a Lady by Delilah Marvelle

Rating: B

Romance: 4/5          Raunch: 4/5

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