Wicked Nights With A Lover
By Sophie Jordan
Penwich School For Virtuous Girls Book 3
After learning that she will not survive beyond the year’s end, prim and lovely Marguerite Laurent intends to live her remaining days to the very fullest. But hours before embarking upon a grand adventure with a former admirer, Marguerite is abducted by an unscrupulous rogue — who boldly announces his intentions to bed and wed her before the week is out!
Ash Courtland wants revenge, but his backstabbing business partner’s bewitching daughter isn’t about to surrender her innocence to the infuriating — if shockingly attractive — cad who took her captive. Yet Ash’s touch makes her tremble with desire…and resisting the heat of his passion could cost Marguerite her last, best chance for ecstasy.
This Blonde’s Review:
I may have mentioned before how much I Love Sophie Jordan’s books, and Wicked Nights With A Lover was no exception.
Marguerite is a sensible woman, and when her employer is told she will die within the week Marguerite is angry. When the woman then proclaims that Marguerite will die within the year she does not believe it. Until a series of events that were also predicted by the seer makes her a believer.
One of those predictions was that Marguerite would be married. So she decides to become to mistress to a man who would never marry her. Until the night before they are due to leave for Spain & she is kidnapped by a man demanding they marry.
I enjoyed Marguerite. She is a string character who is willing to do what it takes to survive. Even if that involves jumping out of a window or running from a man she wants to run towards. I didn’t understand her refusal to confess her fears to him, to let him help her avoid her fate.
Ash is equally strong. He has worked his way from the gutter up to being a rich man. He refuses to risk losing that & kidnaps the woman he needs to help him feel secure. Luckily for him he has met Marguerite before & wanted her then. Before long he starts to care for her & want her for who she is, even while not understanding her.
Ash & Marguerite were both characters driven by fear. Fear of what they’d lose & fear of confiding in each other. Even at the end it was fear that drove them to finally accept their love for each other. I would have thought two characters of fear would be something I would choose to avoid. Instead they were still great characters since they strong on spite of their fear.
The main thing I really didn’t care for in this book was Marguerite’s death scene. I have never been a fan of that type of scene. I won’t say what it is to try not to spoil it for you. I think there were other ways I would have accepted easier, but it wasn’t a big enough issue that it ruined the book for me.
In this story we also meet the sisters Marguerite never knew she had. These sisters scream for stories of their own. I do hope we’ll be getting a book for each of them before long!
This is a historical romance about two characters who have to overcome their fears and decide if their love is worth the risk. I’d recommend any historical romance lover pick up this or any of Sophie Jordan’s books.