I have been reading An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India by Shashi Tharoor. I haven’t finished it yet. It is quite a demanding read. In between reading An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India I have had to take breaks and sneak in some lighter reads. The Scoundrel’s Honor by Christi Caldwell is one such book.
The Scoundrel’s Honor by Christi Caldwell is a romance set in 1822. Penelope Tidemore is an earl’s sister and comes from a family that has faced quite a few scandals. Ryker Black, a gaming hell owner, is the bastard son of a duke who grew up in the dark side of London. Caught in a compromising position, they now have to wed. She – because she cares for her family; he – for the sake of his business. How they get on is the rest of the book. Obviously, it being a romance, there is a good ending.
Ryker was sold at birth and was brought up by a goon who trained him to steal and worse. There are the prejudices that a man who has been through life as an orphan on the streets has for the titled lords and ladies. And Penelope shatters these as she doesn’t fit into any of the neat boxes that Ryker wants to put her in. The to and fro between Ryker and Penelope is fairly entertaining.
The book as a whole is a feel good read. A light romance, there is drama, romance, erotica, and some thrill as well.
If a good girl/bad guy romance is your thing, I’d recommend this book to you.
I received a review from NetGalley.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Thanks to her older siblings, Lady Penelope Tidemore is no stranger to scandal. In order for her to make a good match, her secret longings for intrigue and romance must be quelled. Yet it is through terrible mischance that Penelope is caught in a compromising position—however innocent—with the darkly enigmatic viscount Ryker Black.
Mr. Black is no gentleman. Raised from the streets and proprietor of the most notorious gaming hell in London, Black lives in a world filled with debauchery and danger. Taking a Society wife from the very ton he despises is not part of his plan, even if the innocent Penelope turns his blood hot with desire.
But Penelope isn’t afraid of Mr. Black, and she soon discovers that his reputation as a scoundrel may be designed to hide a surprising vulnerability. As this unlikely husband and wife grow closer, they learn that what started as chance could end up sealing their fates.
About the Author
USA TODAY Bestselling author CHRISTI CALDWELL blames Judith McNaught’s “Whitney, My Love!” for luring her into the world of historical romance. While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the University of Connecticut, Christi decided to set aside her notes and pick up her laptop to try her hand at romance. She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections, and she rather enjoys torturing them before crafting them a well deserved happily ever after!
Christi makes her home in southern Connecticut where she spends her time writing her own enchanting historical romances, chasing around her feisty seven-year-old son and caring for her twin princesses in training!