What does it matter if Kate, Lady d'Allenay, has absolutely no marriage prospects? She has a castle to tend, an estate to run, and a sister to watch over, which means she is never, ever reckless. Until an accident brings a handsome, virile stranger to Bellecombe Castle, and Kate finds herself tempted to surrender to her houseguest's wicked kisses.Disowned by his aristocratic family, Lord Edward Quartermaine has turned his gifted mind to ruthless survival. Feared and vilified as proprietor of London's most notorious gaming salon, he now struggles to regain his memory, certain of only one thing: he wants all Kate is offering—and more.But when Edward's memory returns, he and Kate realize how much they have wagered on a scandalous passion that could be her ruin, but perhaps his salvation.
In Love with a Wicked Man is a wonderful story, and Liz Carlyle takes us deep into the hearts and souls of Kate and Edward, leaving us no choice but to fall madly in love with them.
I tend to avoid “amnesia” story-lines because, more often than not, they all feel the same to me. I mean, let's be real; there are only so many ways to lose one’s memory, and only so many ways to make regaining it and the aftermath of having lost it in the first place, unique. That said, I really did enjoy the way Ms. Carlyle tells this tale. There’s a level of passion and poignancy that makes this story something that, once I started, I couldn’t put down.
Kate and Edward are wonderful together. The chemistry that draws them to one another in a sensual way was both fun and breathtaking to watch. Their passion is intense, but I have to admit, there were a few times I wish they’d cut the romantic chatter and get down to the business of getting down to business, if you know what I mean. *wink, wink*
In Love with a Wicked Man has everything I hope for in my historical romance reads; amazing characters, passion, romance, and an intriguing story. ... all the things that make a book more than a romance novel, but a beautiful love story with a happily ever after
Note: This is review is based on reading from the manuscript. The actual published story might be slightly changed from the version I read.
My thanks to Avon Books for providing me with a copy of In Love with a Wicked Man in exchange for my honest review.