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Anne Chessley needed no one. Nicknamed the Ice Maiden, Anne hid a secret that no one knew, not even her beloved father. It had just been the two of them since she was age four, and they'd managed to live a happy life until his death. Suddenly Anne faced would-be suitors lined up at her door hoping to snag the wealthy heiress. She had to do something, but what? Marriage would take her off the eligible list and stop the endless stream of buffoons, certainly, but marriage to whom? Cedric had attempted to court her months ago, but she'd held him at bay, preferring to discuss their mutual love of horses but shying away from anything more serious. If he knew the truth about her, he would want nothing to do with her. Then again, considering his present situation, he just might be willing to enter into a business arrangement with her.
This was the story that made me read the entire series! I saw 'Her Wicked Proposal' first and knew it'd be a great read, but when I discovered it was third in a series, I knew I had to read the first two - and really enjoyed them! I liked Cedric immensely and really wanted to read about how he coped with his blindness and what fate might have in store for him. Believe me, it was a roller-coaster ride!! Not only did Cedric seem hell bent on being his own worst enemy, but at one point came close to being Anne's as well! I could have throttled him!! Once he faced losing Anne, then the real Cedric - the one I knew existed - made his appearance. Things began to progress nicely, but then the League's greatest enemy showed up with friends of his own, threatening Cedric's and Anne's fragile beginning. There are so many surprises in this book, I just kept reading and before I knew it I'd finished it. In one day!!! I'm hoping book four comes soon. :)
First off, I have to confess I am a bit obsessed with this series. I love my League of Rogues, Lauren Smith may have created them, but I am claiming them as mine. Bring on the intrigue, complex plots, hot men (eye brow wiggle), and sassy women.
The Leagues story continues with Cedric and Anne story. Cedric is a broken man, he lost his sight after saving his sister from a fire. Before he was one of the ton's golden boys, now he avoids society and has become a recluse. Although he knows that marriage is not for him, since he is blind and doesn't want to be a burden to anyone, he can't stop thinking about Anne. The one woman who would not give him the time of day. She is put in a desperate situation with the passing of her father, to protect herself from fortune hunters, she proposes that they marry. Of course it will be one where there is passion but no love.
Ha! You know they will fall passionately in love - even though they won't want to admit it. There were definitely times I was screaming at Cedric for being ridiculous.
Also, you find out WHY Anne is an "ice queen" in this book, really puts her story in perspective.
Can't wait for the next two books, especially my man Charles.
The romance: Wounded hero who was already attracted to heroine. Heroine who repeatedly rejected him until she suddenly decides to reverse herself. We get hints about why she used to reject him, and we're told why she asked him to propose to her, but we don't get an explanation of how she decided the reason she couldn't let him court her before now no longer mattered. (She plans to tell him after they're married and hope he's OK with it.) Anyway, he's thrilled to get her, and she's thrilled to have him. 3 stars.
The sex: To each her own, but the frequent, semi-public, rough sex in this book is not appealing to me. It especially bothers me that the hero tries to compensate for his blindness by trying to control the heroine through sex including biting, pinching, grabbing without warning, etc. Even when he determines to be tender it doesn't last long. I didn't appreciate the rough, semi-public sex scene between a minor character and a partner either. 2 stars.
The plot: The hero and heroine decide to get married. They travel to the hero's country estate for their honeymoon. I would have been happy if they had consummated their marriage and the story ended there. But wait, there's more. A person from the heroine's past intrudes. And when Anne rushes out of the house after they fight about it, there's a villain waiting in the dark. And Cedric's friend just HAPPENS to come across him at the inn he's rushed off to after the fight. The friend just HAPPENS to be there to tell him what he found out about the VERY person from Anne's past who just intruded on their honeymoon and caused the big fight. And then there's a case of amnesia. But wait, there's more. There's a kidnapping. And a sea battle. And a medical miracle or two! Oh,and lots and lots of hints about future books. In other words, the book could have been a lot shorter and I would have liked it better. 3 stars.
Quality: I thought the writing was good except for a couple of things. One was that there was repetition that a fresh eye would have eliminated or smoothed out. The other was that some important plot points were more hinted at than acknowledged or explained (for example, the apparent recovery from anemia). I didn't notice typos or misspellings. 4 1/2 stars.