Marriage of convenience turns into a marraige of attractionRoselyn Longworth has gotten herself into a deplorable stuation. Â She believed herself in love, but instead the Lord who had brought her to his bawdy party was now trying to sell her in an auction amid whores. Â When Kyle Bradwell steps forward and buys her she’s both relieved and enraged. Â Rose couldn’t believe herself to fall any farther than she already had, no thank to her brother and his hairbrained scheme that landed her penniless and him a fugitive. Â When Kyle makes it clear he has no intention to “collect” on his purchase, Rose relaxes a bit. Â They spend a brief bit of time together, enough so that they each become curious about the other, but afterwards they more or less go their separate ways.Until Kyle shows up a few weeks later with a proposition – marriage. Â Kyle is a laborer, an architect that worked his way up from the mine into the office. Â Rose is a lady, albeit a lady ruined. Â An alliance between the two would allow Rose to gradually work her way back into society and also allow Kyle some leaway. Â He’s delicately honest about the terms, and Rose appreciates him for it even though she’s skeptical. Â She’s forbidden to have conatct with her brother, a term she struggles with. Â What she doesn’t know is that several of her brother’s victims still seek retribution for his crimes, and any association with him will likely bring her down as well.
I found Kyle & Rose’s story sweet and sultry, though fairly predictably and unremarkable. Â It’s more or less a standard regency romance. Â It was nice having characters that were fairly forthcoming with each other. Â I enjoyed Secrets, but it’s not going to stick with me.
Secrets of SurrenderÂ by Madeline Hunter, 416 pgs, 5/20/08
Romance: 4/5 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Raunch: 3/5