Darius may be an ex-pirate and nameless bastard, but his word is his bond, and damsels in distress are his weakness. In order to collect a large debt and rebuild his lost fortune, Darius takes Eliza Penfold as his wife. It’s supposed to be a marriage of convenience, not passion. But from their first encounter, she stirs his blood like no other, and Darius wonders if he can truly leave her behind.
Deceived into a marriage contract with a dangerous man, Eliza is forced to admit she and her siblings need protection. She needs to let go of her wounded pride and flawed schemes if she’s to survive. But when her protector is a vengeful pirate running a scheme of his own, she may be getting far more trouble than help.
They’re both hiding something and when one of England’s most notorious and vicious criminals comes to call, lives will be in danger and loyalties will be put to the ultimate test…
Title: The Slide into Ruin
Series: Daughters of Disgrace #2
Author: Bronwyn Stuart
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: September 15, 2020
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
‘The Slide into Ruin‘ is the second title in the ‘Daughters of Disgrace‘ series, and kept me flipping pages (and smiling) from beginning to the end… and maybe a bit beyond for this couple’s banter could be wicked or sweet depending on the moment. So, yeah, I was easily hooked once again by a book in this series.
Eliza and Darius are a couple that while they might seem on opposite sides of any argument or bantering moment, they each are dealing with what life had handed them in the only ways they knew how… at the time. Now, pushed into a marriage of perhaps inconvenience, they will have to find the way to co-exist, foil the bad guys, and maybe admit that falling in love isn’t as crazy of an idea as one might think.
I adored Eliza and her fierce protection of her family, at any cost. And it was so easy to fall a bit in love with Darius who wants to be seen as the big, bad pirate but he’s a protector of the weak (especially a lady in need of protection) whether he wants to admit to that or not it still remains true. Watching them banter, fight an attraction that seems destined, and face down the evil coming for them… all the while falling in love, was an emotional, at times an intense journey.
Most of what you’d really want to know before picking up ‘The Slide into Ruin‘ can be found in the Cover Description blurb. I don’t want to spoil the book for others with many details – except to say how much I enjoyed this couple and their story. If you love a good Historical Romance with dashes of danger, a stubborn couple, and having a front-row seat as two people who are so right for each other give into falling in love… and meaning it, then you’ll want to pick this one up – soon. I had such a good time in this story, and I’m betting that if you love a good Historical Romance then you will, too.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from Tule Publishing. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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