After Dark With A Scoundrel by Alexandra Hawkins
Rated 4.5 out of 5 White Roses.
Content rated with the Red Rose.
Lord Hugh Mordare, better known as Dare, is one frustrated man. For most of her life, Lady Regan, trailed after him and the rest of the Lords of Vice due to the fact that her older brother, Frost, is a good friend. Needless to say the young lady did not have quite a conventional upbringing. When Dare had noticed she was starting to… well, blossom, he knew it signaled a temptation that would eventually be hard to resist. As Frost is one of his closest friends, he knew it would be wise to simply steer clear of the young lady instead of possibly risking one of his long lasting friendships. However, after Frost caught them in a tender embrace and sharing a kiss, Frost packed her off to boarding school, away from the rest of the Lords of Vice and away from him.
Five years later and she’s back. She’s more beautiful than ever and Dare can’t seem to get his mind off of her or forget that kiss.
I loved this story. Loved it. And the only reason I did not rate this a 5 out of 5 was for the simple fact that while Dare implied how much he loved and cared for Regan he never said the words. Actions may speak volumes, but the words “I love you” still has a nice ring to my ears. Ignoring that one fact, I still say that After Dark With A Scoundrel is deliciously scandalous. It is so good, I find a desire to actually read it again.
Now, some people might have issues with the fact that Dare was already in his early twenties when he started to really notice Regan, who was only 15 when they shared their first kiss. However, if one does consider the time in which the story takes place, then it definitely wasn’t out of the ordinary. As a historical romance novel, it fits the bill.
Personally, the story is refreshing, tantalizing and I just couldn’t get enough. After Dark With A Scoundrel has made me want to look up the other books in the Lords of Vice series as well so I can read them to tide me over while I anxiously await the next book in the series. Consider it officially on the must keep shelf.
Hugs & Kisses,
The Lustrous Courtesan
After Dark with a Scoundrel: Lords of Vice published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks, February 2011.