Published: September 28th, 2020
Author: Lisa Torquay
Genre: historical romance
Thanks to the author for this lovely e-book in return for my honest review.
Can there ever be real love between a powerful lord and the actress he took as a mistress?
A year ago, Hester Green's fascination with Lord Worcester led her to accept his proposition to be his mistress, her first foray into the delights of the bedroom. And what delights! Every time they spent the night together, he made her even more addicted to his prowess. But now the gossipmongers are abuzz with his impending betrothal to a duke's daughter. That is too much to swallow, and she severs their liaison even though it wrenches her insides to do so.
Drake, the Marquess of Worcester, has no intention of bending to his mother's manipulation. Even less marry the girl the dowager spread rumors as being his intended. And he has zero intention to allow it to damage a perfectly convenient arrangement with the woman he can't get enough of. But Hester moves out of the house he bought her—and out of his life. He'll find ways to keep her close, though the woman is revealing to be more of a rebel and less of the meek mistress she once was.
I am a sucker for historical romance so I would not have passed the chance to read one especially when the plot piqued my interest. As it is very rare a mistress becomes a wife of a Marquess, I am perplexed initially but after reading on, I am glad that I did. The mistress has spine with a modern thinking. The same goes to the Marquess who is open-minded too and I've enjoyed how he 'trashed' his mother who's of the traditional mind set of hierarchy and bloodlines.
This is an enjoyable read throughout albeit with a little over thinking and writing. I guess with the reiteration of some thoughts which became a little repetitive that made it a little long-winded. Other than that, it was nice to read such a modern take on historical romances. This is book 4 of the Imperious Lords but it was well written to be able to read it as a standalone. However with the little droplets of the previous lords and future ladies, it does intrigued ones mind to continue reading the series!
There were strong messages in this novel and here are some notable quotes which I've noted down:
For the matrons who'd dedicated their entire lives to enforcing rules and morals that benefited only the men in their ranks. For most of the married ladies who must swallow their husband's drinking, gambling and whoring, and gained no reward except for an indiscretion here and there. For the debutantes who'd follow on their mothers and grandmothers steps, and who'd probably not go against the unfairness of it all. Deep in her heart, she sensed their loneliness, the measure of sacrifices they made in the name of aristocratic standards.
In her point of view, men caused prostitution. They were the ones using the power and riches they didn't share with their mothers, wives or daughters to take advantage of vulnerable women and then blamed these women for their own exploitation. And dared call the offspring they engendered in these exploited women whoresons, as though they had nothing to do with the making of those innocent children. How pathetic.