Published by Harper Impulse on January 29, 2015
Genres: Historical, Romance
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"The game is on with Pembroke’s little sister…" Lord Drew Framlington watched Miss Mary Marlow. The woman had been warned to keep away from him, but she had a little contrary in her soul. She had not been deterred. Perhaps she had a taste for bad hidden beneath her cold denials, or a liking for naughtiness in her soul – either of which appealed.
“Stop pretending you do not like me…” Lord Framlington had urged Mary, "Stop running..." Her body urged her to as much as he did. Something pulled her towards him. Something unknown and all consuming… and yet how could she disobey her father and her brother…
In The Dangerous Love of a Rogue the fourth book of the Marlow Intrigue series we see Mary Marlow fall for the rogue, Drew Framlington. Mary of course, is the daughter of Edward and Ellen Marlow, sister to the Duke of Pembrooke, John. Drew on the other hand does not know who is father is and is Lord Framlington by name only. The product of an affair by his mother who in turn shuns him.
I do not normally read historical romance. However, I stumbled upon Jane Lark’s first book in this series several months ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love being transported back in time to an era where chivalry is indeed not dead but expected and women were naive, innocent, and seen as beautiful womanly creatures to be treasured and adored. Ms. Lark’s writing makes me nostalgic for simpler times when courting was taken seriously and virtues protected. She does it with style and grace weaving intriguing stories and pulling on those heartstrings.
This story though is by far my favorite of all. For beneath the romance is a story about a lost little boy who was abused and unloved. To say Drew Framlington is complicated is an understatement. Ms. Lark did this character justice by making him lovable and deplorable without apology. I wanted to hug him fiercely and smack him hard. I wanted to hold his hand in comfort and teach him what love was all about. I wanted to swiftly kick him in the shins every time he acted as a child. The reality is he really is a child. He was never taught how to love, be loved, how to respect himself, nor others. So his behavior really is understandable.
All I could think about Mary was that she was searching for something. Her life appears perfect and she’s happy. Her family has loved and protected her. She was raised completely opposite of Drew. But she’s lacking in her own areas. And this story is really about her coming of age. Embracing herself for who she is and wants to be. I appreciated her growth and applauded her perseverance. She is as strong as she is soft of heart.
I loved all the characters in this story. It’s like a homecoming with all the characters from previous books heavily influenced in this story. We get to see everyone growing up and lives progressing. I cannot wait to see who Jane Lark is going to write about next. I’m hoping it’s Drew’s friend Peter.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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