Type: Historical Romance
My Copy: NetGalley
Independent and high-spirited, Lady Portia Flagstaff has never been afraid to take a risk, especially if it involves excitement and danger. But this time, being kidnapped and sold into an Arab harem is the outcome of one risk too many. Now, in order to regain her freedom, she has to rely on the deliciously packaged Grayson Devlin, Viscount Blackwood, a man who despises her reckless ways—and stirs in her a thirst for passion.
After losing his mother and two siblings in a carriage accident years ago, Grayson Devlin promised Portia’s dying brother that he’d always watch over his wayward sister. But having to travel to Egypt to rescue the foolhardy girl has made his blood boil. Grayson already has his hands full trying to clear his best friend and fellow Libertine Scholar of a crime he didn’t commit. Worse still, his dashing rescue has unleashed an unforeseen and undesired consequence: marriage. Now it’s more than Portia he has to protect . . . it’s his battered heart.
This is the continuing saga in the Disgraced Lords series and I have thoroughly enjoyed each of the previous books. A group of dashing young men known as the Libertine Scholars are trying to find out who is dishonoring their names and reputations and along the way they find heroines who match them at every dangerous turn.
Portia Flagstaff enjoys being an independent woman, she secretly owns a cider company and likes knowing she is not relying on anyone. As a headstrong woman she also seems to get into trouble. She has had several near death experiences in her younger years and wants to enjoy things, especially the more decadent ways of life.
Grayson Devlin grew up in the Flagstaff household after his parents died, he has known Portia since they were teens and promised her brother when he died in battle he would take care of her. Little does he know that being one of the Libertine Scholars, a group of men who went to school together, has put her in danger. An unknown enemy has been targeting the group for several years and Portia is their next victim when she is kidnapped and all suspicions point to Grayson as the culprit. When he goes after her, he becomes aware that his feelings have changed, from looking at her as a younger sister to a desirous woman.
I have truly enjoyed this series, the overall story arc that has continued through three books is entertaining and intriguing. I am anxious to know who their enemy is and why she has been after them for all these years.
The author also has an interesting time schedule with these books, the timelines have overlapped each other and it makes for some fun reading. While Grayson is trying to save Portia from a sultan, two of the six Libertine’s have had their adventures and found their true loves. I remember reading about Grayson and how he was off to Egypt rescuing a young woman and was delighted with their story.
Grayson and Portia have an interesting relationship, she has loved him since he came to live with her but he was best friends with her brother and never thought of her as more than a younger sister. He came back from war a changed man and she had a hard time reaching him but when she gets kidnapped he realized how important she is to him and races to rescue her. Yet there are still several obstacles that he has to overcome, mainly his worry about losing those that he loves, so he backs away from her whenever he feels too close.
I liked both the hero and the heroine and believed the chemistry works between them, there are several scenes that sizzle and you can feel the attraction. Yet I was angry at the amount of times Grayson would not commit, he knows he must marry her to save her reputation but won’t express his feelings, even when he thinks she might die, I wanted to slap him. I enjoyed the secondary characters, many are Libertine friends who have been in the previous books and I like how the mystery deepens as the clues pile up, they are getting closer and I can’t wait to see what happens. Although this is the third book and the they all have a common theme between them, the author keeps the reader informed so this can easily be read as a standalone. This is a great addition to the series and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a historical romance with mystery, danger and intrigue.
I give A Touch of Passion by Bronwen Evans 4 stars!