Series: The Brethren Guardians #1
Published by HQN Books Genres: Historical
Reviewed by Miranda
With the scandalous nature of her birth to live down, Isabella Fairmont dreams of a proper marriage—even if a passionless one. She saves her deepest desires for the novel she dares to pen, wherein a handsome lord with dark powers seduces her. But then her courtship with an appropriate suitor is threatened by the sudden attentions of the reclusive Earl of Black…whose pale blue eyes and brooding sensuality are exactly as she described in her book.Isabella tries to resist the mysterious Earl of Black.Yet as he pursues her, with inexplicable knowledge of her past and kisses that consume her, Isabella fears she will succumb.If only the earl could tell Isabella the truth. With very real, and treacherous, thieves endangering her life, Black will need to protect Isabella from the very people she trusts the most….
Isabella Fairmont feels shame from the scandalous nature of her birth and the life her mother chose to lead. She would love to become a novelist and find a proper man to marry. Isabella is being introduced into London’s society by her uncle. She is prepared to live in a passionless marriage like many among high society but a dark gentleman threatens her plans.
Lord Black is known for his reclusive manner and the rumors of his dark past. He prefers to stay away from the gossipmongers in high society and stay close to his true friends. The mysterious Lord Black has trouble staying under the society’s radar once he begins pursuing the lovely Miss Fairmont. Lord Black has a strong affection for Miss Fairmont but he harbors secrets that could threaten not only their burgeoning relationship but her life as well.
Isabella doesn’t know she has managed to land in the middle of an ancient battle. Her life is in danger and the only one that can protect her is the man she wants to run away from because of the passion he causes. Will Isabella find love or a proper marriage? Will she survive the dark enemy that lurks close?
Seduction and Scandal is a steamy and sweet seductive story. Isabella and Black light up a room better than any lamp ever could. I love the glimpses of Isabella’s dark and lusty thoughts through her novel entries. She is trying so hard to be a proper lady unlike her mother she is determined to bury every risqué thought or feeling she has. Black doesn’t believe so much in the brethren legacy but he does believe the feelings he has for Isabella however his fear of her reaction to his secrets keeps her at arm’s length. I rather enjoyed the mythology that surrounds this story. I just love dabbling into the templar legacies. I like the mystery surrounding this story and that it will continue in the next book. I really like all the characters in this series and I can’t wait to read the rest of their stories. Charlotte Featherstone’s Seduction and Scandal is flush with humor, desire and suspense.