One Night of Temptation - Darcy Burke
Date Read: Sept 12, 2019
Review: This was a sweet, slow burn romance. Where you knew the characters wanted each other from the get go- and Penelope has more than just passing feelings or yearnings for the good rector. He tries to convince himself he'd do anything for any one of his flock - but the situation they are in... sharing a room at the Craven Cock (CRAVEN COCK!) always pushes the boundaries of acceptability. Penelope was almost badly used, so it starts out with Hugh trying to make things right for her. Ok, we'll pretend you're kidnapped for the night so you don't have to marry the Earl. Just one night. Ok, we'll have to spend the night together at the Inn. Ok instead of staying in my own room I'll stay in yours. Each inch toward the bed tore down his reserve.
Penelope was refreshing, but too trusting. Hugh, of course, is perfect. Tries his best to behave and to the right thing, but once she decides he's the kind man she'd like to marry, why not? The only thing standing between them are Her parents, the Bishop, and the Earl. Piece of cake. Fun romp.
Series: Wicked Dukes Club #6
Tropes: Kidnapping, Friends to Lovers, Slow Burn, One bed
Premise: What's a girl to do when she's being forced to marry the old, creepy, Earl of Findon? Why, kidnap herself, of course! That's the plot of this comedy of errors Lady Penelope Wakefield finds herself in. She plots with an acquaintance (harumph!) to "lose" her earring and go in search of it while visiting a museum, there she's supposed to exit the museum and be "kidnapped" for the night so that she's RUINED by being out all night. What a scandal. Only, she actually does get kidnapped - but thankfully rescued by the kind-hearted rector from St. Giles - Hugh Tarleton.
Author Website: https://www.darcyburke.com/