With his demons well and truly leashed, reformed gambler, Lord Nicholas Braithwaite is tasked with finding a missing baby. Needing help, it comes in the form of the woman from his visions. His preternatural gift has caused nothing but pain until now, so it’s a shock when his night-time angel is living and breathing. As determined and opinionated as she is beautiful, Alice Sinclair soon demands something from him he never thought he was capable of giving. The passionate innocent soon masters his heart and Nicholas must face the biggest gamble of his life: risking love or losing her forever.
Alice is aware of her family’s legend but never believed it was her destiny to marry a dashing Raven. Until the day she rescues one. Vastly different in experience and beliefs – where she is innocent, Nicholas is jaded – their growing attraction is irresistible. Priding herself on practicality, nothing has prepared Alice for Nicholas’ searing sensuality. Before she realizes the depth of her feelings, she forces him back into the hell of his past. Now she’s convinced he’ll never forgive her because she can’t forgive herself. Will their dangerous temptation lead to heartbreak or forever?
*Non Spoiler Review*
Ahhhh, I am so happy to have started with this book as my first Regency Romance of the year. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the Sinclair and Raven series.
Just to note you can read these out of order, which I always approve of. Valla brings enough background into the stories, there are a lot of characters in the novel so I suggest taking a pause occasionally to reflect on who is who.
I like Alice Sinclair very quickly, she knew what she was about and didn’t allow social pressures to dictate how she would go about her busy. I also appreciated that she was 23 and 18/19 like many other regency MC. I know that was the usual in the time period, I just feel like sometime a character needs to have a few more years behind her like Alice.
Nicholas was your classic reformed character, he wasn’t perfect and it would show up now and again. I loved how Valla made him have some savvy preternatural gifts, it was a good nod. Because seriously sometimes as much as I love the MC female lead to have gifts sometimes the males get shafted.
The story was free flowing, which was impressed due to all the characters Valla included from previous novels. An indication the Valla is a seasoned pro. The interconnecting story which brought these two characters together was refreshing, and I like how she built the attraction. It didn’t feel rushed.
Overall, nothing to fault on this fantastic Regency Romance. So happy it was this book that broke my slump!