Crispin Flynn has been on a downward spiral ever since he lost the woman he loved and watched his brother forced into a life he never would have chosen. His response has been drinking and gambling his way to utter ruin. One night, deep in his cups, he places a dangerous bet that results in him being forced to marry Gemma, the widow of the Earl of Laurelcross.
Gemma once had a passionate side, but has been hiding it ever since her much older husband died during the act of making love. Now she finds herself the much unwanted wife of one of the biggest libertines in London and the subject of even more gossip than ever.
Once they determine they cannot escape the marriage, the two begin a slow circling of each other. Passion is easy, but can they overcome mistrust and secrets in order to make the worst night of their lives one of their best? Or are they bound to lose each other before their love can take root?
This book can be heard as a stand-alone novel but is part of The Notorious Flynns series.
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I really loved this book and am a huge Jess Michaels fan. I would recommend this book because it is written for thinking adults that want a story that makes sense.
Both the hero and heroine are great. The heroine is smart, brave and practical. She wants to take the steps needed to make her life and those of the people around her better. She is sensible.
The hero has some emotional problems, but is trying to put his life back together after a traumatic incident. He also shows signs of alcoholism, which I have long wondered about during the regency period. There is always scenes of men drinking, port, brandy, whisky, but never any talk of the consequences. You can see it here and how it effects the H//H and his family. Very interesting.
She is my new favorite narrator. She has a beautiful speaking voice and gives the characters, especially with a novel that is so emotionally intense, depth and poingancy. The voices are well defined. I think she is great and keep looking for more books with her narration. Hopefully her catalogue will increase,as currently there are only a few.
I did have an extreme reaction because I just finished reading " the Rogue not taken". The two books have the same theme where the hero is punishing himself for a past incident, where he feels to blame. This novel handled it so well and with such maturity. I kept thinking why two books can have the same idea, but such different execution. The other book was a mess that I could not finish. This novel made me wish for more and I hated it to end.
I was also wondering that the two books have two similarily named characters Sarafiena & Alice. I am not sure if authors are sharing notes on their potential novels, but Jess Michaels far outclasses the competition.
I am so sad to see the end to the notorious Flynns. I know it could not go on, but it was a great ride . All three books were wonderful , real and worthwhile reading.
The only problem with finishing a Jess Michaels novel is that there isn't another one for a while. I think she is fantastic and would love to have her back catalogue available on audible.