New Release & Review: Wicked Rivals by Lauren Smith

 

Title: Wicked Rivals
Series: The League of Rogues #4
Author: Lauren Smith
Genre: Historical/Regency Romance
Release Date: October 17, 2016
Blurb

A LORD WITH LEGENDARY CONTROL…Merciless and powerful, Ashton Lennox is a wealthy man because he puts business before everything else, especially love. As a member of the infamous League of Rogues, he’s no stranger to scandal. His bedroom conquests are as legendary as his fortune. As he searches for a way to bring down an old enemy bent on destroying the lives of his friends, the last thing he needs is a Scottish widow getting in his way.

A FIERY WOMAN WHO WON’T BACK DOWN…

The daughter of a Scottish lord with a dark and treacherous past, Rosalind Melbourne has spent years distancing from her past. After escaping her tyrannical father and marrying an aging English lord, she has become a powerful widow with a business empire at her command. Her business dealings are everything to her, leaving her no time for love. Especially not with her business rival Ashton, a man with a scandalous reputation as striking as his blue eyes.

A GAME OF WITS TURNS TO A GAME OF SEDUCTION…

Ashton is fascinated by the strong-willed, intelligent and sensual lady who, up until now, had outsmarted him at every turn. Rosalind wishes she could deny she is falling for the brooding, handsome baron. How can she possibly trust him when doing so could cost her what she values most—her freedom? When Ashton discovers Rosalind might hold the key to saving the League of Rogues, he knows he will do anything to woo his wicked lass. As their pasts return to haunt them and dark forces rise to keep them from exposing a deadly spymaster, their game of love turns to a game of survival…

Warning: This book includes a brooding baron who’s wild in bed, a crafty Scottish lass who never knows when to quit, a wicked game of strip chess, and a merry band of rogues whose first instinct is to run they hear wedding bells ring.

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My Review

Rosalind Melbourne caught my attention at the end of the previous League book. It’s nice to break up the story lines and have a widow instead of an innocent young lady for a heroine. Lauren has done a good job creating likeable heroines in this series – no simpering misses here – but I think it lends realism to the series by having at least one young lady who doesn’t come to the relationship as an untouched virgin. Rosaline was intelligent, head strong, and despite an abusive past she has a caring heart. I think she will be a nice addition to the League’s circle of ladies.
Ashton actually annoyed me at the beginning of the book by being so hard-nosed with Rosalind – even though I knew his reason for doing those things. But it was nice to see him brought to his knees when he finally did fall for her. I also enjoyed seeing more if his background and history with his father.
The villain, Hugo, shows up again in this book. Every time he does, I dislike him more. Part of me is holding out hope that SOMEHOW he might possibly be redeemed at the end of the series, but that hope dies a little each time he shows his face.
I enjoyed Wicked Rivals from start to finish. Can’t wait to see what these guys get into next!!

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Author Bio
Lauren Smith is an Oklahoma attorney by day, author by night for Grand Central Publishing, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. To connect with Lauren, visit her at http://www.laurensmithbooks.com/ or twitter at https://twitter.com/LSmithAuthor.
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