Amanda’s Review – A Love to Remember (The Disgraced Lords #7) by Bronwen Evans

Oh my goodness this was a great story to read. It had intrigue and villains, and of course a grand romance. ~ Amanda, Guilty Pleasures

A fiercely independent duchess and a brooding, reclusive earl are tested by the demands of desire in this unforgettable romance from the USA Today bestselling author of A Kiss of Lies and A Night of Forever.

For Rose Deverill, one husband was enough. As the wealthy widow of the Duke of Roxborough, she has cultivated an unsavory reputation meant to discourage wife hunters. Thanks to a string of steamy affairs, Rose is perfectly content to be known by polite society as the “Wicked Widow”—until she’s reunited with the man she fell in love with at age fifteen. Their bedroom encounters are scorching, but it breaks Rose’s heart to wonder whether her reckless behavior ruined her for Philip Flagstaff.

The second son of the Earl of Cumberland, Philip never wanted the title. But after Philip’s older brother, Robert, follows him into the Battle of Waterloo, his worst fears come to pass. Now Robert lies in a soldier’s grave, and Philip is determined never to pass on the inheritance to children of his own. Then Rose appears, soothing the pain with her delightful curves and passionate kisses. The notorious Duchess seems to want nothing from him—and yet Philip has never ached to give a woman more.

A Love to Remember is a beautifully written story of redemption and forgiveness. Philip Flagstaff is the new Earl of Cumberland after his brother Robert dies saving Philip from certain death. He carries the guilt with him and vows never to marry and carry on his title but instead hand it down to his younger brother. What saves him is an affair he starts with Rose Deverill. It brings him some solace in his half-life he deems himself to live. What each of them doesn’t realize is that time isn’t on their side when it comes to social obligations. They both need to decide if this affair can be more or will they have to give up the love of their life.

Oh my goodness this was a great story to read. It had intrigue and villains, and of course a grand romance. Philip and Rose may have passionate sex when they can find the time with one another but they also found that special someone that they can confide in trust them completely. Both were in agreement when they started this affair that it was only going to be about sex and nothing more. However over time Rose has changed her mind and wants more children and a marriage to put her n better standing for her young son’s future as a duke. Philip has his reasons for never wanting to marry or have his own children and they amicably separate. They both just didn’t realize how hard it is going to be apart when they are constantly running into each other in the same social circles.

The story is totally engaging and I had a hard time putting it down. It swept me away in how much I could feel their love for one another but couldn’t breech the chasm of letting he love her and marry her. I thought there was a good balance of angst and romance, along with suspense and mystery of who was out to hurt Rose and her son. I haven’t read the other stories in the series so I know it can be read without any confusion, or getting snippets of backstory of the other couples from the earlier books. It did however want me to read them and I plan to do that soon. The author wrote a period piece and showed me how much I love historical romances. I fell in love with Rose and Philip and was so happy that they got their happy ending.

Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

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