Series: The Lost Lords of Pembrook #3
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Avon Books on April 30, 2013
Source: Edelweiss, Publisher
Also in this series: Lord of Temptation
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Lord Rafe Easton may be of noble blood, but survival taught him to rely only on himself and to love no one. Yet when he sets his eyes on Miss Evelyn Chambers, and earl's illegitimate daughter, he is determined to have her, if only as his mistress.
After her father's death, Evelyn Chambers never imagined she would be sold to the highest bidder, yet circumstances give her little choice except to accept the lord's indecent proposal. Rafe is wealthy, as well as ruthless. Yet his coldness belies deep passion and deeper secrets. If she must be his, Evelyn intends to lay bare everything the Lord of Pembrook is hiding. But dark discoveries threaten to destroy them both until unexpected love guides the last lost lord home.
Lorraine Heath is back with another story featuring the Easton brothers in The Lost Lords of Pembrook series. The first book in the series, She Tempts the Duke, was the story of Sebastian Easton and Mary Wynne-Jones. The second book in the series, Lord of Temptation, featured the passionate love story of Tristan Easton and Anne Hayworth. In the third and final book, Lord of Wicked Intentions, we watch as love blossoms between Rafe Easton and Evelyn Chambers.
Having lost her mother at an early age, Evelyn Chambers spends many years being loved and doted on by her father. He treated her like his little princess, and she never truly wanted for anything. When her father dies, she loses everything. She has no home, no money, and because she’s an illegitimate child, she has no status. To make matters worse, Evelyn’s half-brother auctions her off to the highest bidder.
Enter the cold and stoic Lord Rafe Easton. He’s rich and successful, but leads a lonely life, and he wants to keep it that way. But when he first lays eyes on Evelyn, there’s something about her that draws him to her. He offers the winning bid and makes Evelyn his mistress. But the more time he spends with Evelyn, the harder it is to deny that there might be something more between them.
The characters are what endeared me to this story. Evelyn was such a heart-breaking character. She was smart, brave, and willfully determined to survive the difficult circumstances that befell her. I sympathized with her as she struggled to survive and make sense of life after her father’s death. Rafe was closed off to those surrounding him, especially his two older brothers. But underneath the surface, Rafe was an insecure man, struggling daily with the things he’d done and the choices he’d made in the past in order to survive. Neither character was perfect. There were times I was extremely frustrated by something both characters did or said, especially Rafe, but they were relatable enough for me to root for them both.
Rafe and Evelyn were wonderful characters individually, but they were even better together. And while their romance made sense and was a joy to read about, there was nothing easy about it. They both struggled with past demons, insecurities and doubts, but in the end, they were able to get past it all. And when they eventually uttered words of love, it was believable.
All in all, I liked Lord of Wicked Intentions very much. There were some things that happened in the book that were a little too predictable, including the ending. But over all, it had great characters, an inspiring romance, and enough drama to make for a satisfying read. I recommend this book to anyone who’s interested in historical romances.