Sometimes I crave a good historical romance, and that’s exactly what it is — a craving. It’s similar to a craving for a molten chocolate lava cake from Chili’s or a need for something decadent and sweet. A historical romance has the heat of passion but the sweetness of love every. single. time. It’s practically guaranteed and it’s probably why this is such a widely read genre among women. We just need a little bit of happy in our lives. The Rogue’s Proposal by Jennifer Haymore is something I stumbled upon on Netgalley and it was exactly what I needed to curb my craving.
Lord Lukas Hawkins, the rakish second son of the House of Trent, has never found a wager he couldn’t win or a woman he couldn’t seduce—until his search for his missing mother leads him to a mysterious encounter with a beautiful stranger.
Luke’s mother has been missing for months, and while his honorable older brother Simon, Duke of Trent, leads the official investigation from London, Luke sets out on a somewhat seedier path. Sources have told him his mother was last seen with a scoundrel named Roger Morton, but their association isn’t clear. Was she kidnapped or did she go willingly?
While searching for Morton, Luke meets Emma Anderson, a secretive beauty with her own reasons for hunting Morton. At first Luke laughs at the idea of allowing a woman to join him in his search, but soon Emma’s insights into Morton—like the woman herself—prove impossible to resist.
The Rogue’s Proposal is the second book in the House of Trent series. I didn’t read the first book but got along fine. I loved the idea of Emma doing whatever it takes to save her family, which includes practically destroying her reputation by traveling around with a man unescorted. This man, Lord Lukas, is exactly the type of hero I look for in this kind of book. He’s tough, sexy and rough around the edges. The romance between them was electric.
What sets this book apart from the many others just like it is the variety in scenery and the substance of the plot. Without the romance, this book could have stood on it’s own for mystery and intrigue. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I understand with any historical romance, it won’t be entirely enlightening, but I really enjoyed this book and these characters were really something. I will definitely read more of Jennifer Haymore and I definitely want to see more of the men from the House of Trent.
STARS: 4 out of 5
Thank you NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review!