#Review Marquess To A Flame (Rule Of The Rogue #3) by Emily Windsor #MarquessToAFlame #RuleOfTheRogue #HistoricalRomance
A winter’s heart…
“Debonair, handsome and with a devil’s smile. How could any woman resist?”
The Marquess of Winterbourne has long been guided by his Rules of the Rogue, but as emissary for the Crown, his next mission will break every single one. Sent to the wilds of Cornwall to beguile secrets from a country miss, the last thing this rogue expects is to unearth his own buried heart.
A taste of spring…
“A rogue and a fribble. How could any woman succumb?”
Miss Tamsyn Penrose remains far from impressed by charming London scoundrel Lord Winterbourne, preferring a wild gallop over the moors to flashing black eyes and fulsome flattery. But as danger lurks and prejudice ebbs, she uncovers a complex man who awakens her hidden strength and arouses her forgotten fire.
Desire sparks and passion flares in this Cornish land of cove and tor. Can Tamsyn step from the shadow of her past? And will Jack Winterbourne tear up the rules for a woman who maddens his senses and thaws his heart?
A sensual Regency Romance with warmth and wit, this story also includes a fusty valet with a secondary love story, picnics, swordplay, peacocks and…piskies.
Note: contains scenes of a sexual nature.
These books can be read stand-alone or as part of the Rules of the Rogue Series.
#1 An Earl in Wolf’s Clothing
#1.5 Merry Christmas, my Viscount (Christmas novella)
#2 Let Sleeping Dukes Lie
#3 Marquess to a Flame
My, oh my! What a wonderful book, I have been so looking forward to this story; Jack’s story since I was first introduced to him and this series in the previous book; Let Sleeping Duke Lie and I am so happy to say that this doesn’t just live up to my expectations but it surpasses them. I am a late arrival on to the Emily Windsor bandwagon, as ‘Let Sleeping Duke Lie’ was the first of her books that I read, but from then I was hooked by her writing – I love it when that happens, don’t you?
Marquess To A Flame is book three in ‘Rule of The Rogue’ series, for those who haven’t tasted this fine authors work yet then this one just as the following can be read very easily as a stand-a-lone as well as apart of the series. I just love this series, and I am hoping for more – Emily, please you can’t leave me without any rogues, I need more! 😉 this series basically follows a bunch of aristocratic ‘rogues’ who are also secret agents to the crown and lets just say they don’t only investigate skulduggery, but they are more then willing to investigate a ladies petticoats too – Oh, I say!
In this ‘Rules of the Rogues’ book it is all about gorgeous, sinful, mysterious and rakish Jack; Marquess of Winterbourne or ‘The Moth’ as he is called by his agent brothers, much to his embarrassment – my goodness, how much do I love this man! He is really a rake in the first order, a notorious bed hopper with a silky mesmerising, devilish aura which will make any women weak at the knees – well not all, our heroine is the odd one out, at first. He has been handed his next mission, he must travel out to the wild, rugged Cornwall coast to gain the knowledge that has been hidden in the mind of a young girl who for the past seven years has been silent. Information about England’s greatest enemy, the French spy; La Chauve-Souris – who only goes by ‘The Bat’ he is elusive, notorious, deadly with a brutal reputation of never leaving anyone who meets him alive, so what’s so special about this girl? Jack has been ordered that he must find out what she knows about ‘The Bat’ why she was left alive and everything and anything else of use that is lurking within her once closed off head. Easy, right? How wrong you are Jack!
Tamsyn has spend the last seven years silent, scared and haunted by the nightmares which have followed her since the dreadful day which changed her life. As a young girl of sixteen, Tamsyn and her good friend Jonathan accidentally stumbled across none other then ruthless French spy; ‘The Bat’ proving to be as ruthless as his reputation claims him to be, he instantly kills Jonathan. Tamsyn shows far more gusto and bravery in the face of her killer and stares him down, ‘The Bat’ is fascinated by her so he leaves her alive; marking her in more than one way, with the threat that she must never say a word and with the promise that he will come back for her. Since that day Tamsyn has been silent, until now!
He Jack and his faithful valet and general dogs-body and half-brother Miggens – you need to read the book to find out all about this funny, stubborn and loyal man, he’s brilliant! When they arrive in Cornwall Jack is there undercover, he charms and woos her and acts the more or less, proper gentleman, but Tamsyn is no fool, she is a highly intelligent and perceptive young woman, who knows here is much more to the devilishly handsome, uber stylish and entirely intoxicating Jack then he would have people believe and soon she finds the truth about him. But, can she really entrust the smooth talking agent with her inner most secrets, fears…and her heart?
As this is an agent/spy story there is a fair it of that lurking in the background and life doesn’t run smoothly for our endearing couple. They have personal trials and fears to face, they both must learn; to not just to trust another, but allow another into their hearts. I love how their relationship develops throughout the story, she is very taken with him but being a women with secrets, fears and an acidly intelligent tongue which she uses to great effect with him – calling him a fribble, is just the beginning of her mutterings of him. She isn’t like all other woman who fall at his feet, he has to work tat much harder to gain her trust and I think Jack really responds to that, he admires her for how she doesn’t swoon at the sight of him. Yes, he too has his personal issues about not being worthy of true love, and Tamsyn is the balm to his unsettled soul. They are attracted to one and other, even though that mutual desire for one and other is very well hidden, but there are some brilliant moments where the reader is given an insight into the character’s thoughts – I particularly love when Tamsyn thoroughly admires Jack’s riding breeches clad, rear end as he bends over to adjust his boots. Very funny! 😉
The story is fast, thrilling, imaginative, sexy, engrossing, highly addictive and will keep the reader hooked from the onset. I love the character’s and it is so good to see my favourite Duke turn up, with his gleaming green eyes, evil looking cane and with ruthless, sex on legs attitude in-tow. Jack is such a complex, multi layered, sensual man and my goodness, is he hot!! Phew, he would make the polar caps melt with a mere dark eyed glance, love him – did I mention that already? Then there is Miggen’s I won’t say too much about him, but he is such a fantastic character and if the story didn’t end as it did I would so want his story. For the ending, beautiful and so fitting for Jack and Tamsyn!
All in all, a fantastic book! Utterly romantic and brilliantly written, I adore Ms Windsor’s writing, she really is a hugely talented writer who has a real gift.
Perfection, what more is there to say?
This was an Arc copy via the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Emily!
Marquess To A Flame is available now and can be purchased from Amazon.
“Strait-laced. Ruthless. Arrogant.”
Alexander Westhide, the Duke of Rakecombe has no quarrel with such faint praise as he has forever shunned marriage, women and anything remotely resembling love. Indeed, the damning words merely serve to enhance his haughty façade. But beneath the controlled demeanour lies a duke beset by tragedy, a man turbulent and restless.
“Forthright. Impudent… Capricious saucebox.”
Miss Aideen Quinlan can’t quite explain why she feels the need to taunt, tease and generally annoy the Duke of Rakecombe. Maybe it was for the heart-racing spar of words that always ensued, or maybe it was to see the duke’s broad fist clench on his ebony cane, green eyes glittering.
Or maybe it was because she was unable to erase the memory of his vehement kiss…
An unlikely couple.
Torn between his world of espionage and this unquenchable passion, the duke still refuses to lower his fierce defences. If Aideen is to capture her resistant duke’s troubled heart, it is she who must follow the Rules of the Rogue.
Resistance is futile…
This is the first book I have read my Emily Windsor and it is a marvellous introduction to her work. Let Sleeping Dukes Lie is book two in the ‘Rules of the Rogues’ Series, I didn’t read book one I found that didn’t affect my reading of this one. I read it very much as a stand-a-lone, and because of Ms Windsor’s articulated writing there are mentions of the first book’s story line, so I felt that I could very easily follow the series.
After a kidnapping month’s before, which brought Aideen Quinlan to the attention of the sinfully handsome; Alexander Westhide, the Duke of Rakecombe. Now she is back in her old life again going about her everyday business and yet the she can’t get the alluring and infuriating Rakecombe out of her mind, and worse still is that whenever she seems to think about him, there he is purposely riling her.
Aideen is a real firecracker, not averse to speaking her mind, strong, resourceful, fierce and very witty. The spark between her and Alexander when they are bantering is electric. She is also woman after my own heart, I love the scene when she is talking to Alexander and she says – that as long as there is lobster patties and scotch eggs at a party she is oblivious to what is going on. Very funny, I love it!
Spy to the crown; Alexander over the years has become cold and jaded, he has darkness and tragedy that has kept hold of him and so far, has been unwillingly to let go. Months earlier he saved beautiful Aideen and now he can’t get the woman with the sensual eyes out of his mind, but Alexander has been given a job by is handler. There is a traitor in their midst, and it is up to Alexander and junior agent; Jack Winterbourne to uncover who it is and stop them. But they don’t count on the twist and turns and shock that await them in their investigation.
Oh, my word! Rakecombe, what a character, I have always been drawn to a pair of sizzlingly sexy green eyes, but this man just blows your mind with just how devastatingly sexy he is. Beautiful, tormented, sinful, superior intelligent and highly protective. definitely the dominant male in the wolf pack, or maybe he is the lone wolf that doesn’t need or want a pack? And yet what an incredible turn around in him in the ending, leaping from the port on to a moving boat just to claim his woman…Swooning!
I can’t not mention Alexander’s fellow spy; Jack Winterbourne. Oh, my goodness, I love him! He is a real rake. Jack has a zest for life a skill for wooing the ladies, no woman is safe with him around – which also includes Alexander’s own mother, that is a very funny scene and you can feel Alexander cringing as his mother bat’s her eyes lashes and giggles like a school girl when she meets Jack. This man needs a story!
I found Ms Windsor’s writing to be smart and sassy, and I am looking forward to reading or from this author. The way she grabs your attention with every scene with your senses is wonderful. Not only describing what the characters are seeing but the aromas, what they hear and taste it makes very vivid and enjoyable reading. The plot is fast and intriguing, it’s fast and fluid I particularly liked the bantering between the character’s it’s fun and witty with some laugh out loud moments. There is a sexiness and a sweetness to this book, it promises of more to come.
I really enjoyed it, it has rogues, spies and dangerous, double-dealing with thrilling twists, spicy heroines and flawed heroes it all makes a page-turning engrossing story.
Highly recommended and very enjoyable!
This was a complimentary copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.
Let Sleeping Dukes lie is available now and can be found at Amazon.