Hello, Sunshines, I am delighted to be sharing my review of the gorgeous; A Lady Dares by Bronwyn Scott. I love this, I am super excited to be sharing this beautiful book with you all.
About the Book
A Lady Dares by Bronwyn Scott
Series: Ladies Of Impropriety #2
Genre: Historical Romance
A LADY IN A GENTLEMAN’S WORLD
According to society, I, Elise Sutton, haven’t been a lady for quite some time—a lady couldn’t possibly run the family company and spend her days on London’s crowded, tar-stained docks. And she most certainly wouldn’t associate herself with the infamous Dorian Rowland—privateer, smuggler and the Scourge of Gibraltar himself!
But I need Rowland and his specialized expertise—especially with the wolves circling, waiting for me to fail. I yearn to feel alive, and Rowland, who can kiss like the devil, inflames my senses and makes me dare to break free….
Ladies of Impropriety
Breaking Society’s Rules
Purchase Link: Amazon UK
Oh, my goodness, how much do I love this book?
Can I just take a moment and mention the cover, isn’t it beautiful? The cover model portrays Elise perfectly, this cover is exactly how I say Elise in my mind while reading.
I don’t know how the Ladies of Impropriety series has passed me by for so long, I think it’s another case of me walking around in my bubble oblivious of the world around me. But, now that I have discovered this wonderful series, I can’t wait to read more of the very ‘improper ladies and if this gem is anything to go by, then I know I am in for a very wicked ride.
Elise is easily one of the best heroines I have come across in a book for such a long time, she is incredible and I am so wanting more Elise’s within the historical romance world, she is a breath of fresh air in a genre that is so full of wallflowers and aristocrats. Elise is very much a woman in a man’s world, she isn’t the stereotypical Victorian lady. I love that she doesn’t stand on parade, she doesn’t relent to convention and she does her own thing her way if that means she is practically shunned Strong-willed, free-thinking, independent woman who knows her mind.
Dorian…oh, my word!!
Dorian, Dorian, Dorian!!! This man, he has ruined me completely, what a gorgeous, sexy, devilish, rugged, rough around the edges, smuggling privateer…Sigh!! I could happily fall into a swoon right before his booted feet. This gorgeous, sexy-as-hell guy is a man which will fill the most lustful of dreams, he is everything – and I mean, everything you could ever want in a hero; charismatic, hard-working, loyal, cheeky, sexy (I think I mentioned that didn’t I?) protective, he smoulders and has this charmingly arrogant, lusty, passionate and seductive aura wrapped in a body of what I can only describe as; A God!!
Yes, I was a flustered, swooning, goggle-eyed, breathless mess whenever this God was in a scene. He is – well, I think you may have guessed what he is! 😉
I love that Elise isn’t you’re stereotypical Regency lady, she doesn’t bow down to the restrictive society rules, she has a rare talent of being able to adeptly run her family’s shipyard business. Life was good while her father was alive, the men in the yard tolerated her presence but when her father passed away she was left with unfinished ships, contracts that needed fulfilling and a yacht which is the only way she is going to keep a roof over her head – as long as she can find someone to build it for her, as all of her employees have suddenly seen her as a mere woman and overnight lost whatever respect they had for while her father was alive. She needs to find someone who can finish her yacht and who isn’t too bothered about working for a woman.
Strut in Dorian!
Oh, my word that scene in the office between them, the kiss!! I’m all a fluster again, the way he seduces her is beautiful to watch, and the atmosphere between them is electric. It crackles and shimmers like stars twinkling over the surface of the water. Elise is so independent she tries so hard not to fall for the devilish Dorian – but she is still a woman, she has blood in her veins and needs that only he can deliver.
Oh, he is a sly one though, brandishing that chiselled torso and wolfish smile around knowing the effect.
I have just realised that this review is nearly all me lusting over Dorian – hmm, never mind, he is worthy to be lusted over 😉 and proves that this book and its hero will stay cemented on your mind for a lifetime.
I loved this book, it has all the ingredients for a stonking great love story. I loved the plot and the way we learn more about yacht building in the era, and it’s so refreshing to have a heroine who is more than up for the challenge of donning her work gloves and getting on with the job. The writing is flawless, Bronwyn Scott is a marvel she is a hugely gifted author and easily one of my favourites who writes in the historical romance genre.
I also enjoyed the secondary plot with a rotten aristocrat who is down on his luck and attempts to gain what he wants by not-so-legal means, with this part of the story we also get to meet the villains and see parts through their eyes.
Overall, A Lady Dares is a highly enjoyable and scandalously seductive love story, which will sail you away on a yacht of passion and love.
About the Author
Bronwyn Scott writes historical romances for Harlequin, Mills and Boon. She has 50 titles currently in print with them.
Bronwyn’s 2018 release, Dancing with the Duke’s Heir was RITA finalist.
Bronwyn’s 2009 novel, The Viscount Claims His Bride was a RomCon finalist for best short historical, as was her 2011 release, A Thoroughly Compromised Lady.