By Bronwen Evans
Lady Marisa Hawkstone’s nightmare is just beginning when she wakes up naked, with no memory of the night before, lying next to Maitland Spencer, the Duke of Lyttleton—a man so aloof and rational, he’s nicknamed “the Cold Duke.” A scandal ensues, in which Marisa’s beloved beau deserts her. As a compromised woman, Marisa agrees to marry Maitland. But on her wedding night, Marisa discovers the one place the duke shows emotion: in the bedroom, where the man positively scorches the sheets.
Taught from a young age to take duty seriously, Maitland cannot understand his new wife’s demands on his love and affection. Marisa’s hot-blooded spirit, however, does have its attractions—especially at night. In retrospect, it seems quite silly that he didn’t marry sooner. But being one of the Libertine Scholars requires constant vigilance, even more so when the enemy with a grudge against his closest friends targets Marisa. Now Maitland must save the woman who sets his heart aflame—or die trying.
Excellent writing, but it was a bit darker than expected with not really a HEA (in my eyes). The heroine Marissa seems to be a bit spoiled and Maitland is a good hero. There were lots of twists, maybe not all of them were needed. I have read the previous books in the series (not required to follow the story, but they are very good too) and I feel that the evil villainess plot is getting a bit old. Overall, I really liked the book even though I cried a lot while reading.