Reviewed by Heather C
Title: The Rogue’s Proposal
Author: Jennifer Haymore
Series: House of Trent #2
Hero/Heroine: Lukas Hawkins/Emma Curtis
Genre: MF Historical Romance
Length: 368 pages
Release Date: November 2013
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: BOUND BY DESIRE
Lukas Hawkins, the second son of the troubled House of Trent, is on a mission: find his missing mother and her alleged kidnapper, a brute named Roger Morton. If bringing the villain to justice means breaking a few laws, then so be it. But when he encounters a mysterious stranger with the face of an angel and a body made for sin, Luke suddenly finds his task-and his heart-in peril.
Emma Curtis knows of Lord Lukas’s rakish reputation-and hopes to use it to her advantage. While most men of honor would never travel alone with an unmarried woman, Luke is quite willing to take Emma on the road . . . and into his bed. As their journey carries them to unexpected places, Luke and Emma indulge their every passion and share their most private fantasies. But just when their deepest desires are finally within reach, a secret is revealed that threatens to end their love forever . . .
The second novel in the House of Trent series, The Rogue’s Proposal, tells Lukas’s story.
I was really intrigued with Lukas’s character in The Duchess Hunt (so much darkness and turmoil inside that man) I just had to read his book ASAP. So I immediately started this book as soon as I finished reading book one…and then I hit a wall. I found that I had read too many Regency romances back-to-back and they all started blurring together. Plus, I was reading the paperback version of this book and it was exhausting my eyes. Reluctantly, I decided to take a little break from this series and come back to it in a few weeks, and once I picked this book back up…I could not put it down.
I just loved the dynamics between Luke and Emma. Luke struggles terribly with the abuse and rejection he’s experienced in his life, drowning his demons in alcohol and women. And don’t even mention The Duke of Trent in his presence! Emma has lost nearly everything: her husband, her family fortune, and now her father is on his deathbed. When Emma discovers Luke is looking for a man named Roger Morton, she convinces Luke that she may know where to find Morton. The deal: Luke must include Emma in on the hunt. Two unlikely characters join together…in the most improper of ways.
The Romance: I will just go ahead and say it: Luke and Emma were HOT together. When I was inspecting the book cover, I noticed the bonds around the heroines wrists!! So of course I was thinking to myself: please have bondage, please have bondage, please have bondage… And it did!! The details didn’t get as kinky as I was hoping, and most of those scenes happened off the page where the bondage was merely mentioned instead of being shown. It isn’t fair for me to complain as I don’t believe this series is marketed as “erotica”. No, this book is better than that. There is a well done mystery amongst the romance. But don’t worry, Luke and Emma do get plenty of naked time together.
The Mystery: I don’t want to go into much detail, but progress is made in the search to find Luke’s mother. Plus, there was a HUGE plot twist that I never saw coming.
The Humor: Even though Luke holds on to a lot of darkness, and some of his nightmares were quite traumatic, the man can still be rather snarky…especially when he’s not getting his way.
“You are not sleeping on the floor.”
She crossed her arms over her chest. “I’m not sleeping with you.”
A vague part of him remembered the agreement they’d made. “You’re not ready for ‘relations’ yet?”
“No, I am not.”
“But you will be soon?” he asked hopefully.
He sighed dramatically. “Well. Blast,” he mumbled.
Ha! It didn’t take Emma long to change her mind!
What I loved most about this book was how determined Luke and Emma were. So many obstacles standing between them, both with realistic weaknesses, yet they found a way to get their HEA in the end.
Samson’s book is next!
Overall Impression: I Really Liked It
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*