Series: Sins for All Seasons #1
Published by Avon on January 30, 2018
Genres: Historical Romance
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At birth, Mick Trewlove, the illegitimate son of a duke, was handed over to a commoner. Despite his lowly upbringing, Mick has become a successful businessman, but all his wealth hasn’t satisfied his need for revenge against the man who still won’t acknowledge him. What else can Mick do but destroy the duke’s legitimate son—and woo the heir’s betrothed into his own unloving arms . . .
Orphaned and sheltered, Lady Aslyn Hastings longs for a bit of adventure. With her intended often preoccupied, Aslyn finds herself drawn to a darkly handsome entrepreneur who seems to understand her so well. Surely a lady of her station should avoid Mick Trewlove. If only he weren’t so irresistible . .
As secrets are about to be exposed, Mick must decide if his plan for vengeance is worth risking what his heart truly desires.
Beyond Scandal and Desire had a great start. I was immediately reeled into the story of Mick Trewlove, a bastard abandoned by a duke. Mick Trewlove then worked hard and earned a fortune but of course, it was not enough. What he wants is an acknowledgment from the duke. To gain this, he schemes a plot to ruin the duke’s legitimate son and heir. Mick’s plot involves ruining Lady Aslyn Hastings, the duke’s ward and the betrothed to the duke’s son.
What I really liked about this book are the characters. Mick was working on his ‘revenge’ but he wasn’t like other historical romance heroes. He was actually more self-aware. Most heroes didn’t actually know how much they cared for the heroine until it’s too late. That wasn’t the case for Mick. He knew he fell in love Aslyn.. and at the same time, he knew how much his plot will hurt her. I really see Mick as a reasonable and logical hero.
And then there’s Aslyn who was sheltered all her life. She was curious about the world she hasn’t really seen yet. She’s curious about all the experiences she hasn’t had yet. All her life, she’s assumed that her destiny was with Kip, the duke’s son. And yet, she was drawn to Mick. What I really liked about this character is because she didn’t leave all she knew about propriety the moment she met Mick. Yes, she felt desire and lusted over the hero but she still had regard to her virtue and reputation. I also liked that she didn’t do everything just for Mick but also for herself. She didn’t doubt her engagement just because she’s falling for another man. She thought of what’s best for herself. She’s smart and strong, I really like this character.
But then, things were rushed towards the ending. As I’ve mentioned, I really saw Aslyn as someone who has high regards for her virtue but then it changed suddenly. There wasn’t enough character development for that. I mean, I know that this is what usually happens in historical romances but I really thought she was different.
But still, I would really like to commend the plot twists. It actually explained everything. It was very impressive.
Overall, I liked this book and the characters. It didn’t give me all the feels though. My heart didn’t exactly jump out of my rib cage or something like that. It’s a good historical romance but it doesn’t really stand out from the rest.