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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Set in London, 1820. Alexius Lothar Braverton, Marquess of Sinclair, is known as Sin to his friends. He is one of the seven founding members of the Lords of Vice. His half sister, Belle, tells Sin that Lady Juliana is a heartless chit who is determined to steal her suitor, Lord Kyd, away. Belle instructs Sin to seduce the girl and then cast her aside. Sin is happy to oblige. He neither wonders, nor cares, if Lady Juliana is the jade Belle claims. As with the numerous ladies he has bedded in the past, Sin only sees Juliana's beauty and targets her as his next conquest.

Lady Juliana Ivers knows only too well that her family's position in polite society had plummeted considerably since her father, the Marquess of Duncombe, died five years ago. The title now belongs to a distant cousin. Her mother has brought Juliana and her two older sisters to London in hopes of them marrying well. Sin is one of the rogues that all mothers know to keep their daughters far away from. Yet as Sin begins paying close attention to Juliana, her mother does not seem to object. As for Lady Juliana, she has been interested in Sin since she had been trapped in a tree while he and another lady had a small tryst. Even knowing him to be a rogue, Juliana cannot resist Sin's seduction. It is not long before scandal threatens and Juliana realizes she has become the pawn of several selfish creatures.

**** FOUR STARS! Alexandra Hawkins does not reuse the same characters with different names or the same old and worn out plots that several authors do. I found myself treated to an interesting assortment of characters, each with their own personality and set of habits. The hero in this story, Sin, came across to me as quite a bit more selfish than any hero I had previously read. (And I found myself growing more and more angry at Juliana's mother as the woman's actions were revealed.) But by the end, I was in awe of the author for a variety of reasons. Alexandra Hawkins's writing style flows smoothly and can paint a scene in such detail that I almost felt as if I could smell the surroundings. The backgrounds of the main and secondary characters are so well developed that I actually grew irritated at some - as if they were real people! Best of all is the fact that the story started out with (what I thought to be) one plot, before branching out to reveal that there were actually several sub-plots and more than one surprise twist. Alexandra Hawkins does the Regency era as no other! ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2011
Lady Juliana Ivers spies a man tristing with a woman she knows is married. Only he knows they were caught. He is intrugued by her and vows to find out her name. His name is Alexius Braverton, the Marquess of Sinclair. His nickname is "Sin" for obvious reasons. His half sister wants him to seduce and abandon a woman called Lady Juliana Ivers, who she believes is after the man she wants to marry. He agrees, but later finds out the woman he saw spying on him is called Lady Juliana. He agrees to the wager, and is adamant of victory when she cannot resist him. But Lady Juliana isn't after anyone, as her passion lies in music, and the man she has been friends with is trying to help her achieve her goal to publish her work. She finds herself in love with Alexius, but doesn't tell him this. She later discovers her mother has many gambling debts and the man she lost her money to will only write off the debt if Juliana agrees to be his mistress. Juliana is outraged her mother has agreed to this but she said she had no choice as everyone would share her shame if the truth came out. Juliana has no time to inform Alexius, and he finds out for himself. She later finds out about the wager and immediately resents her feelings. But she doesn't realise that she needs him now more than other when her own cousin vows to have Juliana for himself as well. If he saves her, he knows he must tell her everything to win her back.

This is the first book I have read by Alexandra Hawkins. Overall, I would say the story is pretty good, reminding me of a certain movie where it all starts with a bet, and then the guy realises he actually does want her. I would read the next book in this series.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 November 2011
i loved this book especially the guy i would even say i fancied quite a few of his friends it was very moving to think of them all standing together i loved the love scenes though id hoped the girl would have resisted just slightly the only thing i didnt like was why noone confronted that poor excuse of a mother plus i was a little disturbed by the intimacy between the siblings overall i would suggest it to others handsdown
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on 18 January 2014
Just what you need to keep your heart melting. A most exciting book. Full of heroism and wicked romance.Liz Carlyle's books are always fantastic!!
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