A Night of Forever: A Disgraced Lords Novel

A Night of Forever: A Disgraced Lords Novel

by Bronwen Evans

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ISBN-13: 9781101883181
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/25/2016
Series: Disgraced Lords Series , #6
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 25,788
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She has always indulged her love of storytelling and is constantly gobbling up movies, books, and theater. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer? Evans is a two-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Chapter 1
London, Lady Beaumont’s Ball

Isobel wished he didn’t affect her so. She couldn’t understand why he made her pulse leap, her body heat, and her lips slightly part, as if in anticipation of a smile, a word, a kiss . . .

She disliked him intensely.

Yet ever since he’d tried to interrogate her as he’d escorted her home, after she’d been abducted and had endured a harrowing carriage ride with Lady Marisa, the Duchess of Lyttleton, Lady Isobel Thompson could not get Arend Aubury, Baron Labourd, out of her head. Did he think she was stupid?

She’d thought Lord Labourd had been escorting her home for chivalrous reasons, to protect her from harm. But all he’d done was cast doubt on her integrity, questioning her over and over, trying to ascertain why she had been in that carriage with Marisa. He was such a pigheaded bore. If she knew why she’d been snatched, she would have told him. What woman could hide anything when he looked at her with such steely yet mesmerizing eyes? A shiver swept over her skin.

Why had he gone on and on and on?

Thankfully, she had a brain, a good brain, and from the discussions with her friend Lady Evangeline she had since learned all she needed to know about Lord Labourd.

He was a man with a dark past, he had made a fortune in diamonds, and he was hunting the person who was targeting the Libertine Scholars.

He might be the rudest man she’d ever met, but he was just the man to help her with her quest, if only she had the courage to approach him.

At least his questions had helped her deduce who Lord Labourd believed was the villain. He thought it was her stepmother, Lady Victoria. To Lord Labourd she was guilty by association.

Given how her father had died, Isobel could quite believe the villain was her evil stepmother, Victoria. But she played no part in Victoria’s game. Not willingly, anyway.

Isobel doubted her word would be enough to convince a man like Lord Labourd.

She watched him from across the room, dancing with Lady Evangeline, his dark head close to hers, his massive frame dominating her, his arm wrapped firmly round her waist, drawing her close, and Isobel’s insides crawled tight with envy. She longed to be in his arms.

Why could she not find the insipid Lord Sheridan as enticing? Or the rather portly Lord Denning? Both men were what she called “nice” men. Safe men. Men who would give her a boring and uneventful life. She sighed. A life with the darkly handsome, dangerous-looking Baron Labourd would not be uneventful. It would be exciting, stimulating, passionate . . .

More heat arrowed its way to her core.

She tried to look away from him. This was her first season, and her goal was to find a suitable husband. In Isobel’s mind, a suitable husband meant any man who would marry her by the end of the season. Unfortunately, the word “marriage” was not in Lord Labourd’s vocabulary—and Isobel was desperate to escape the clutches of her stepmother, Victoria.

Victoria might at that moment be talking with Lord Rotham, yet she too was watching Lord Labourd as if she’d like to gobble him up. Given that her stepmother was only a few years older than Isobel herself, and widowed, Isobel was not surprised at her interest in a man as exciting as Lord Labourd.

Jealousy bit again. Why was she letting herself lust after a man Victoria was likely interested only in killing?
Unable to drag her eyes away, Isobel tracked him as he waltzed round the ballroom, his body as graceful as that of a panther.

The image suited him. He looked almost English, except for his dark countenance. His hair was blacker than night and his skin had an olive complexion, no doubt from his heritage. He had been born in France. As a young boy, he and his family had escaped to England during the revolution. His father had inherited the title of Baron Labourd from a distant English cousin just after Arend had been born.

Before arriving in London for her coming-out, Isobel had never met a man like Lord Labourd. From the moment she saw him at her first ball she had been captivated by his physical attributes.

Tonight he was the most virile man in the room. How could he not capture the undivided attention of all the women present? No other man stood a chance.


 
 

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A Night of Forever: A Disgraced Lords Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The whole series was great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't put the books in this series down. Loved them all
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting for Arend and Isobel's story and Evans did not disappoint. This was a wonderful conclusion to the treat against the Libertine Scholars. Arend certainly didn't trust Isobel since she was the step daughter of the woman out to destroy the Scholars and this definitely added some conflict to the story. I really enjoyed watching the two of them work together to to solve their mutual problem (even if Arend didn't think Isobel could be trusted). I'm so glad that Evans decided to continue with this story even though villain had been dealt with. I'm excited to read the next book in the series, A Love to Remember.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Arend Albury is a baron and trusts none except his Libertine brothers and their wives. Especially women. Arend is a Libertine Scholar and only his fellow Libertine Scholars does Arend have faith in. Arend feels responsible for the villainess seeking to destroy his friends. Lady isobel Thompson wants to escape her stepmother and find a husband. But first she has to get justice for her father. Isobel must go to Arend for help to prove her stepmother Victoria is responsible for the fire that killed Isabel’s father. Arend must play this game until he finds out which side Isabel is really on. Arend tells Isobel they will have a fake engagement to be the reason why they are together. Arend had lived in poverty after his family left France. Arend felt no one could love him when he couldn’t love himself. Especially when a beautiful woman made him part of his best friend’s murder. For five years no one knew what had happened to Arend until he made his fortune in Brazil from the diamond mines. Isobel was attracted to Arend but she knew she was only a means to an end to defeat Victoria. Isobel doesn’t care about Arend’s past she loves him for the man he is now. The Libertine scholars including Arend believe Victoria is behind the attacks they are experiencing. Isobel has fallen for Arend and allows him to use her and she knows Arend doesn’t trust her. I liked the intrigue in this story. I felt bad what had happened to Arend that he didn’t trust anyone but the Libertine Scholars and their wives. I felt for Isobel also for the loss of her father especially since her stepmother was the blame for his death. I liked the plot of this story. I liked that no matter what Arend wanted to do whatever he had to to protect his Libertine brothers. I liked the characters in this story and the ins and outs of this story and I recommend. I also got to learn about the Libertine Scholars who I had heard of.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
A Night of Forever takes us further into the events of Arend's kidnapping - which we see from others' perspectives in the previous book. It did take me a few moments to find my place in the timeline, but once I was settled I really enjoyed the story. Although, knowing part of the outcome did make it a bit less suspenseful for me. Lady Isabel is the step-daughter of the woman the Libertine Scholars believe is trying to ruin and kill them. How could she not know what is going on when she is right in the middle of it all? Arend is determined to prove her collusion and is willing to take some rather extreme measures to do so. But or course this backfires, and he finds himself deeply intrigued by the lady. There is a lot of action, and even though I knew how it was going to end already, there were a couple surprises along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed Lady Isobel. She had a quick wit and was fiercely loyal once she deemed you worthy of her trust. I wasn't as fond as Arend, he's never been my favorite of the Libertine Scholars. A bit too roguish for my tastes - and too much of a blackguard to really seem like the hero. In fact, he's the one in need of rescue a few times. I'm all for a damsel rescuing her hero, but that isn't the case. In fact, she's rescued by someone entirely different (I hope he finds love) that I liked much better than Arend. A great addition to the story of the Libertine Scholars, and sort of an end. There's still more to come and I can't wait to read it. As a series, it is near the top of my list for great reads. **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book**
TDB005 More than 1 year ago
I've been eagerly anticipating Arend's book, because there has always just been something about his character that has drawn me. He's been the ever dutiful member of the Disgraced Lords as they go through their adventures, but I felt it was about time that he get his own book where everything comes together with our villainess. Arend's hidden depths weren't a surprise to me, but what did surprise me was just how deep they went. He truly is a man who has been formed by the obstacles he's faced, and he's been hiding quite a lot from his friends much to his detriment. Isobel is persistent in her pursuit of his secrets though, so it really was only a matter of time before she cracked that shell of protection he surrounds himself in. Isobel was a deeply admirable character, and I just loved her! She matched Arend's darkness with a light that couldn't be dimmed even in the face of such a wicked step-mother who has set out a path of deception deeper than she even realized. She fought for both herself and Arend when trust is something difficult for both of them, but especially more so for Arend given his past. Ultimately, A Night of Forever was everything I was expecting and more. It had so much suspense and intrigue, despite us knowing who the villainess was from the previous book, and the passion between these two was undeniable and magnetic. The one thing that did bug me a bit was how this book overlapped filling in the gaps from the previous book, but I get why the author did it this way so it was only a minor annoyance to say the least. Overall though, this book, and this series, have been a wonderfully fun journey and I've loved every moment of it!
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
3.75* I love this series and the characters with in it. I've been waiting for Arend Aubury to get his HEA. He's been the one through out all the books that I doubted would find his one and only. Then Lady Isobel Thompson was thrown into his path and turned his lonely life upside down and started to pick away at all the walls he built up to keep people at arms length. The Libertarian Scholars are on the verge of finally finding the one that's been absent on destroying them. Arend needs Isobel's help to get close to the villainess but he will have to do the one thing he's sworn never to do again, trust a beautiful woman. Isobel needs Arend's help to prove her fathers death was not accidental but murder at the hands of her stepmother. The same woman Arend and his friends think is out to destroy them but it may already be to late, she always seems to be one step ahead of them. I highly recommend this series and it should be read in order. *Book Obsessed Chicks Review team
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
The Libertine Scholars are seeking a deadly enemy who wants them dead. Their fathers may have committed an unspeakable crime, but these men are innocent of their sires' deeds. They and their loved ones shouldn't pay the price. Lady Isobel Is an innocent caught in the middle of this drama. Her stepmother, Victoria, is the one seeking revenge and she has implied that Isobel is involved. How can Isobel convince Arend Aubury and his friends that she is innocent. Isobel and this dark lord are drawn to each other. Their chemistry is powerful, but Lord Arend refuses to trust her. He has many secrets that control him. Will his past and her stepmother keep them apart? Isobel is courageous and determined to prove herself honorable. I liked her spirit. Arend is dedicated to his friends. He will protect those he loves with his life. He may be drawn to the lovely Isobel, but he won't give her his heart. His past has taught him the bitter lesson that beauty hides treachery. It bothered me that he couldn't see the truth. I was sad that Isobel kept being hurt by the man she loved. I understood Arend emotional turmoil and guilt, but I wanted him to acknowledge his feelings. A Night of Forever is an emotional roller coaster. I couldn't put this book down. Bronwen Evans added a twist that took me by surprise. I loved the characters, the suspense and the spirited dialogue. I'm enjoying the Disgraced Lords series with the interwoven stories and characters. I'm excited that there will be more adventures with HEA. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
Dark and brooding finds the light! This was a great ending to this series. I have enjoyed watching the Libertine Scholars fall one by one, and this was no different. Arend has always been a dark soul, and we finally find out why. Isobel's innocence and determination helped bring him to his knees. There were several moments in this story that brought tears to my eyes and touched me deeply. I highly recommend this story and series. I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and it is a Book Obsessed Chicks Star Review Team selection. This is my unsolicited review.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
A Night Of Forever by Bronwen Evans is an amazing read. Ms Evans has gifted us with a well written book, a nice smooth read. The characters are phenomenal. Isobel and Arend's story has plenty of drama, angst, action, humor and sizzle. A Night Of Forever is fast paced and will have you turning pages as fast as you can. I love this book and look forward to my next Bronwen Evans book. A Night Of Forever is book 6 of the Disgraced Lords Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book received from NetGalley.
sportochick More than 1 year ago
The author is the queen of Prologues drawing the reader immediately into the drama. With finesse her pen keeps the reader guessing and wondering how this drama will play out as they read further. She creates descriptive antagonistic interchanges and sexual tension between Arend and Isobel that keeps the reader glued to the pages. Of all the Libertine Scholars Arend Aubury was the least known. He kept things to himself but he would do anything to protect those he loved, the Scholars and their families. He always seemed to be around but melt into the background in the other stories. Due to his mysteriousness I was drawn to him and was glad to read his story. From the first books to this series I wanted Isobel to not be part of the evil plot to kill the Libertine Scholars. Arend on the other hand felt she was directly involved and part of the plot. This book finally clears up the picture and for me I was intensely satisfied with the ending. Written using a unique writing style where scenes from previous books are written through Arend and Isobel's eyes for a full perspective, the writer adds more detail to the storyline creating a very fulfilling read. Here you can see how Arend comes to believe she is guilty. But you can also see what is happening from her viewpoint and it appears very different. What a great example of pulling in all the other books causing the reader to remember every book to the series. This is a rewarding series to read and I have enjoyed my memorable journey through the lives of the Libertine Scholars. I was excited to see in the acknowledgements that she was going to do two more books to this series to tell the story of Rose and Helen. I look forward to reading their happy endings. I give this 5 STARS for a memorable read and the satisfaction of how the series ended but didn't end. Voluntary review of Advance Reader Copy via Netgalley
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Arend was always the mysterious one of the group and I was looking forward to his story. Arend has decided to get close to Lady Isobel to find out if she is involved in the plot to hurt the Libertine Scholars. This is a really enjoyable historical read. Lots of drama and suspense, Arend and Isobel make an interesting match. The story is fast paced and flows nicely. I really liked it.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
Arend has some years that he doesn't talk about with anyone. He doesn't trust women, especially beautiful women. His friends and their families are in danger and at the center of it all is Isobel. He doesn't trust her and decided to seduce her to get to the truth. Isobel knows that her step mother killed her father and she needs Arend's help to prove it. She needs to protect her heart because when she is around Arend, she thinks she might find love with him. Except he doesn't trust her and she doesn't know how to get around that.
Marichus-Real More than 1 year ago
I was given a gifted copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Arend doesn’t trust anybody but his friends Libertine Scholars, so when Lady Isobel approached him, he thought she might be in league with her evil stepmother. Lady Isobel thinks her mother-in-law killed her father and she is the one to blame for the attacks on the Libertine Scholars. Arend suggests a fake betrothal and Lady Isobel accepts. You can find lies, betrayal, hate, revenge, madness, and pain in contrast to loyalty, love, compassion, trust, and friendship. The story is well-written and it has some turns of events that were totally unexpected. I love this series.
BookloverUT More than 1 year ago
Arend Aubury is a man whose past has been littered with scheming, evil women. The only people he trusts is his friends, The Libertine Scholars. When extreme circumstances thrusts him into Lady Isobel Thompson’s world, can he learn to trust her or is she another devious temptress. Isobel believes her stepmother killed her father, and is looking to Arend to help her find the truth. When some of the Libertine Scholars believe her to be a liar, will she risk her life to show she can be trusted with Arend’s faith and love? Even though I absolutely loved this book, it was very hard to get into. The first few chapters were confusing because I hadn’t read anything from this author before. The author made references to circumstances that as a first time reader, I knew nothing about. But, as I started to acquaint myself with the main characters, it got much easier to understand what I was reading. It sounds peculiar, but I loved Arend’s character. He was so damaged and had no trust for any woman, but by the end, he knew that Isobel’s love and loyalty could help heal his wounded soul. There was enough suspense in the plot to keep me reading, and I stayed up all night to find the happy ever after. I will definitely read more from this series. An Advanced Reading Copy was received in exchange for an honest review.
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to read this book. The Disgraced Lords is one of my very favorite series. I was looking forward to Arend's story. I saw him as the most complex of all of the Lords and I wasn't wrong. He is such a good soul but has had to do some terrible things just to survive. I loved the struggles and the victories that he encountered and overcame. Isobel is the perfect companion to the deeply intense Arend, they couldn't have been better for each other. They brought out the many sides to each other and enhanced them tenfold. The intrigue in this series will keep any reader on the edge of their seat.
McM0mmy-PW More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC from Netgalley! I loved the ending of the series and wish it could continue with more! Arend and Isobel was worth waiting for. The Libertine Scholars couldn't decide if they trusted Isobel or not with Victoria being her stepmother and the way the Victoria acted. One had to feel sorry for Victoria after it was revealed what had happened to her, but her mind was totally twisted. Arend was fighting his own demons trying to decide if he could trust Isobel with his past or not while falling in love! This story had so many twists and turns, I was quickly reading to figure out how it was going to end! Now I'm wondering if Sean will get a story!!!
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Fans of the Disgraced Lords had been waiting a long time for Arend’s story, and newcomers won’t have a problem catching up, because Ms. Evans brings everyone up to speed before Chapter 1. Arend had first encountered Isobel when rescuing the wife of one of his fellow Libertine Scholars. Arend is an unrepentant rake, and in spite of being attracted to him, Isobel doesn’t like him very much, but she needs his help; she suspects her stepmother of having a hand in Isobel’s father’s death. Arend has severe trust issues, in part because of his own experiences as well as those shared with the other Libertine Scholars, and the fact that Isobel is their enemies’ stepdaughter doesn’t bode well, but as he thinks Isobel might be involved in their foe’s evil machinations, he will do what it takes to get rid of the Lords’ enemy once and for all. Isobel is quite fetching, and Arend intends to use his practiced seduction skills to get close to Isobel, but he is nonplussed when she remains immune to his considerable charms! How dare she! What splendid characters, and what a fabulous match! Arend is the ultimate tortured hero; what a life he’s led, he is simply scrumptious, even better than I imagined. He is an easy man to love, but it takes a while to really like him, and this is not said negatively; it’s because his character is so well defined. Isobel is a remarkable heroine: she’s cool, proud, level-headed and very clever. A NIGHT OF FOREVER has many layers, it’s as much character-based as it is action-packed, and Ms. Evans strikes a perfect balance between the two. The fake engagement between Isobel and Arend is brilliantly executed, and nothing that happens is predictable. This book is dense, intense, intricately plotted, and the sexual tension between Arend and Isobel crackles, and the sex scenes are sensuous, tender, erotic, and gorgeous. A NIGHT OF FOREVER is evenly paced, filled with unexpected events, plot twists, and revelations, and the ending is wonderful. But best of all, we have not seen the last of the Disgraced Lords! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it