Lord of Wicked Intentions by Lorraine Heath
Only one woman can break through his heart of stone...
Three young heirs, imprisoned by an unscrupulous uncle, escaped—to the sea, to the streets, to faraway battle—awaiting the day when they would return to reclaim their birthright...
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.
Some people are just meant to be. It's fate. Lorraine Heath's characters are two of those people. Eve and Rafe need to be together. The writing flows well and I couldn't put this book down. I couldn't! I felt like I was right there with them, realizing their feelings and what a cad the bad guy was.
Eve is in a bad situation. Her 'brother' is a jerk and is attempting to sell her off to the highest bidder. For what? He doesn't care. And she's too sheltered to know better. That's not cool. Rafe, though he's not interested in having a long term relationship with anyone, isn't going to let her suffer. He feels he's a bad seed. When he swoops in, he shows he's not. He's just got to realize that.
There were moments when I wanted to clock him and a couple where I wondered why she did what she did. But I chalk it up to emotional investment. Ms Heath had me turning pages needing answers. I'm glad I did.
If you want a historical that's sure to please, then this might be the book for you.