Feature book: A Breach of Promise
We—and hero Marcus, Lord Russell—meet heroine Lydia Trent when she’s fresh from the school room, innocent and hopeful, newly betrothed. What a different Lydia we meet six years later, when she’s grown tired of waiting for Marcus to make good on their engagement and tell her when they’ll be married. Truculent, impatient and exasperated, she suggests that Marcus forgets any idea of marriage between them. Privately, she admits that she loved him once, but his lack of interest in her has become too apparent to be ignored. The shelf has become dusty.
Marcus isn’t so ready to be discarded. The betrothal might have been the idea of his parents, but Lydia would suit him well—when he’s just finished fighting his way up the ranks of the diplomatic service and has had his fill of the women who are happy to warm his bed with no expectation of marriage. He knows his mother isn’t impressed that Lydia’s slipping through his fingers but all he wants is a little more time to enjoy the life of a libertine. He sets out to win her over once more.
Even from the first meeting, when drunken Marcus introduced the innocent Lydia to the pleasures of the flesh, sparks have flown between the pair. It’s inevitable that when Lydia decides to jolt Marcus from his complacency by transforming herself into a love goddess he’s led by his anatomy into a compelling need to have her. Lydia has no intention of trusting him but agrees to a truce, under which they can get to know each other. Marcus’s less-than-admirable hidden agenda is to ruin Lydia in order to force her into marriage.
I like Victoria Vane’s writing very much. The story flows beautifully and carried me along. I was captivated by Lydia and often grinned admiringly as she trumped Marcus’s attempts to manipulate her towards the niche in his life into which he feels she ought to fit. The sexual tension between the couple is everything that is expected or can be desired in a hot and steamy historical romance. I’d read her work again, with pleasure. If I have a criticism, it’s that Marcus is allowed to be a little too spoiled, a little too wilful and calculating. I would have liked him to show his better side a lot earlier.
reviewed by Sue M
A review copy of this book was provided by the author.