Series: Dangerous Rogues #2
Genres: Historical, Romance, Victorian
Seduce and Destroy
Tristan Bradley, the notorious Marquess of Castleigh, is a danger to any woman’s reputation. Devastatingly handsome and devilishly seductive, he delights in the challenge of a lovely new conquest—especially when she’s engaged to a man he despises. But when this particular young lady asks him to dance, Tristan realizes he may not be the only one playing a game.
Or Fall Dangerously in Love
Defiantly bold and disarmingly beautiful, Lady Charlotte Lindsey will do anything to break free from her loathsome fiancé—even destroy her good name to do it. What better way to seal the deal than a tryst with Lord Tristan, who’s led many a girl to ruin? But when Charlotte looks into his eyes—and Tristan takes her in his arms—all of their schemes melt away…because the heart has a plan of its own.
This created many questions about THRUSTING.
Thoughts on Midnight Temptations with a Forbidden Lord
This is one of those books where what the character tells us and how we perceive the characters are at odds. Charlotte is desperate not to marry a man who doesn’t like her and whom she doesn’t like. And while we’re told her fiance is “loathsome,” their interactions always left me feeling like Charlotte was being a spoiled brat and childish and the fiance was merely annoyed with her.
And not that she deserved to be disliked, but she didn’t really endear me to her or, more importantly, her plight. For me, there wasn’t enough setup with the fiance to think he was terrible enough to get ruined. Not that I wanted the marriage to go through, but never did I feel like screaming, “GET AWAY AS FAST AS YOU CAN!” either. Which I wanted to be able to do. Because usually the follow-up response is “RUN INTO THE HERO’S ARMS!”
I found myself more interested in the side characters’ lives and stories (even though we didn’t get much about them) than the main characters, because the main characters were hard to understand. Things just seemed to… happen. And I didn’t always track why. The characters would tell me things or have revelations, but I didn’t necessarily see it in their actions.
There’s also the “he moved in time with his thrusts” line that I’m still puzzling out. Mostly because if a man is thrusting himself into a woman (because yes, this was a sex scene), how could he NOT move in time with his thrusts? Isn’t that the very nature of thrusting? “He held himself still while thrusting” or “He moved opposite of his thrusts” don’t make sense. HE THRUSTS! That’s about all you need to convey the action.