Audrianna Kelmsleigh is unattached, independent-and armed. Her adversary is Lord Sebastian Sommerhays. What they have in common is Audrianna’s father, who died in a scandalous conspiracy-a deserved death in Sebastian’s eyes. Audrianna vows to clear her father’s name, never expecting to fall in love with the man devoted to destroying it…
First Impressions: I listened to this as an audio book. I enjoy audio books while I do household chores and let me just say, my house is sparkly clean because I kept coming up with excuses to clean so I could listen to this story. I was drawn in right from the beginning and would have listened straight through if I could have.
The Hero: I love “second son” heroes in historical romance. They don’t have as much to live up to and are usually more reckless than their elder brother, “the heir”. But Sebastian was surprisingly well-behaved for a second son. About half way through this book I realized that I was not disappointed that he wasn’t a bad boy hero at all. He is honorable, and a fantastic husband. Oh he’s jealous and possessive, but these moments are quite amusing and he is mostly a gentleman in each fit of jealously. I giggled a time to two.
The Heroine: Audrianna was wonderful. She is faithful to her family, especially her father who committed suicide in the midst of a scandal. She is determined to clear his name and in the process finds herself nearly caught up in her own scandal and in a marriage of convenience. She is just lovely and although life has dealt her a bad hand or two she handles it with grace.
Secondaries: My heart went out to the Marques, Sebastian’s brother. He was crippled in the war and is consumed by a secret as his brother investigates the crime that drove Audrianna’s father to take his own life. I hope he will have a romance coming up in the future books in this series. (I haven’t looked ahead)
I also loved Castleford. He is the arrogant, rake-type that I love and can’t wait for love to bring him to his knees.
Final conclusion: I decided to read (listen to) Ravishing in Red because some of the reviewers here at Fiction Vixen have reviewed the other books in this series. I’m so glad I did. The story is wonderfully written whether you read it or listen to it. The narrator, Polly Lee is one of my favorites for historical romance. I used every excuse I could think of to listen to the book at every available opportunity. I look forward to continuing with this series.
“I did indeed say you could have lovers. But I never promised that I would not kill them.”