Drawn to the Marquess

Drawn to the Marquess

by Bronwen Evans

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Drawn to the Marquess by Bronwen Evans

Destined to go blind, a rake sets his sights on the toast of society, lighting a fire of passion that scorches the night, in this captivating novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans.

Stephen Hornsby, the Marquess of Clevedon, has one goal: to see every exquisite thing he can before he goes blind. His greatest joy, watching a woman shuddering in the throes of passion, will be gone. But before the darkness descends, he is determined to seduce a magnificent widow, Lady Penelope Fisherton. Unfortunately, his rakish reputation has preceded him; Lady Penelope spurns his advances. Being a man who relishes a challenge, however, her reluctance adds only luster to his desire for the last beautiful sight he’ll ever see.

Considered the belle of London society, Lady Penelope was married to a scoundrel who cared for no one but himself. Now that she’s free, she wants nothing to do with love, passion, or desire—emotions that abandoned her with a cruel husband. So why does her body react when Stephen smiles? As much as she’d like to avoid the rogue, her brother-in-law wants her fortune, and he’ll kill to get it. Stephen is willing to help, but he’ll take only one thing in return: Her. In his bed.

Advance praise for Drawn to the Marquess

“Beautifully done! Drawn to the Marquess is a moving, touching romance of two people who prove to be exactly what each other needs at exactly the right time. I fell in love with Penelope and Stephen!”—New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ashley

“Brimming with passion, intrigue, and tenderness, Bronwen Evans’s latest is spectacular! A perfectly brilliant page-turning romance.”USA Today bestselling author Collette Cameron

Drawn to the Marquess will captivate and seduce you. Bronwen Evans is a gem in Regency romance.”Internationally bestselling author Tracy Goodwin

“Passion. Intrigue. Saucy banter. Bronwen Evans has penned another must-read romance that gives the perfect hot peek into the Regency era. I couldn’t put this scorching page-turner down!”—Maeve Greyson, author of the Highland Protector series

Look for the enchanting Disgraced Lords series from Bronwen Evans:
A KISS OF LIES | A PROMISE OF MORE | A TOUCH OF PASSION | A WHISPER OF DESIRE | A TASTE OF SEDUCTION | A NIGHT OF FOREVER

And don’t miss her novels in the Imperfect Lords series:
ADDICTED TO THE DUKE | DRAWN TO THE MARQUESS

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101969519
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Series: Imperfect Lords , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 9,098
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: June 1817 Sotheby’s Auction House

There he was. Penelope’s mind raced at the audacity of her plan.

Stephen Hornsby, the Marquess of Clevedon, looked as handsome as the devil. Her information source had not exaggerated.

The words of Lady Diana, Clevedon’s latest mistress, echoed in her head. He is a sin to be indulged but a man never to bestow your heart upon.

Well, she wasn’t looking to bestow her heart on any man ever again. She just needed him to help her defeat Lord Rotham.

He was not wearing a hat. Apparently, he never did, and even as he moved into the auction gallery, his dark hair looked as if it was tousled from the wind outside, immediately making her think that perhaps he’d only recently gotten out of bed.

Bed. She clapped gloved hands to her warm cheeks. “Bed” was most likely something a woman automatically associated with such a devastatingly handsome man. Or at least how to get him into one.

His midnight blue jacket and high boots polished so they gleamed screamed wealth. He sauntered, yes, sauntered, toward his seat near the middle of the room. A seat only a few rows behind hers. Every move he made was calculated to show the type of man he was, rich, powerful, handsome, and self-assured. Even the sunlight from the main window at the front of the gallery, playing over his godlike features, seemed to want to be his lover, and the other women present were staring at him and drooling like teething babies.

He was the most beautiful man she had ever seen. And to her dismay her body stirred. Stirred with feelings she thought she’d long killed beneath her self-disgust.

For the past two months she’d been learning all she could about this man, but seeing him in person was infinitely different than she imagined. Penelope imagined that she would be immune to his physical attributes because he was a known rake. But even she was not unmoved. Just looking at him sent waves of heat along every nerve ending. Perhaps this was not such a good idea.

Penelope turned back to face the front of the auction room using the auction list to fan her face. She let past memories of the havoc a rake had created feed her resolve. Clevedon was merely a means to an end. A way to protect those she cared about.

She heard Mr. Sotheby greet him, and Lord Clevedon’s reply. The sound of his deep, gravelly voice sent a shiver of foreboding over her skin. It lured her to the point where she almost turned around to stare at him again.

This was not her plan.

It was not her plan to fall under his spell.

A bilious sensation churned in Penelope’s stomach. She’d learned his lordship wanted a painting coming up for sale in this auction. She had to buy the painting he wanted or else she would have nothing to barter with.

Unfortunately, Lord Clevedon was extremely wealthy. He was a man who would not need money, so why else would he help her? The painting was the key.

She would win it.

She’d brought six hundred pounds with her. More than enough for a painting valued at only one hundred pounds. She hugged her reticule tightly. Being the Duke of Sandringham’s sister would help if she needed credit, but paying too much for a landscape from a relatively unknown painter would arouse curiosity. As would buying a painting Lord Clevedon wanted. The last thing she needed right now was the gossips announcing to everyone that she was in town and engaging in a bidding war with the Marquess of Clevedon.

Just then Lady Charlotte retook her seat. Her friend was there for moral support. It was Charlotte who, because she always came to town for the season when Penelope didn’t, had ascertained the identity of Clevedon’s current mistress and allowed them to learn as much as possible about the rake. Luckily for them Lord Clevedon had recently ended his liaison with Lady Diana, and she was so heartbroken that she simply wanted to talk about the man all day. That is how Penelope learned about his obsession with the Wilson landscape.

“I see Clevedon’s here. I perfectly understand how Lady Diana ended up in the man’s bed. I must admit I’m very tempted myself.” At Penelope’s alarmed look at her widowed friend, Charlotte added, “Of course not until he has helped you.”

“You may play with him all you like as soon as I’m finished with him.”

Penelope saw Charlotte take a second look. “I shall certainly look forward to that.” She giggled. “And not simply because with his help you’ll be safe. By the way, no woman is safe with that man. He’d tempt a nun.”

“Stop looking at him. I don’t want to be noticed.”

“When will you learn, darling, that a little flirtation gets women like us almost anything we want. You could have him twisted around your little finger with a smile.”

Penelope pinched the bridge of her nose and wished she were at home as a headache began to pound behind her eyes.

“If this plan doesn’t work,” her friend continued, “then you could always offer yourself.”

Her head jerked up and her jaw tightened. “No. I will have to find another way. I will never allow a man power over me again.”

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Drawn to the Marquess 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
yankeetexan 16 days ago
When I saw this story was written by Bronwen Evans, I expected it to be great...well it's BETTER than great. She has two wonderful people traveling life together in this story. Stephen is a handsome, loving man....literally loving women! Pen has suffered through a horrible marriage and is enjoying her freedom. The villain...a ruthless man wanting Pen's money! Mix this all up and you will not be able to put this story down. There is intrigue, romance, danger and so much love. Enjoy!
MellieReadsALot 20 days ago
Penelope married young, blinded by what she thought was love. Stephen, Marquess of Clevedon, fearful of loses his sight, refuse to marry and instead pursues beauty. Now a widow, Penelope needs help contesting the accusations of her brother-in-law and overcoming the horror of her deceased husband. When the offer of a painting cannot entice Stephen to help, can Penelope convince him another way? While I liked the first book in this series (Addicted to the Duke), I absolutely LOVED this one. I hope Bronwen Evans writes a story in the series about Penelope's brother.
RomanticReadsandSuch 23 days ago
*3.5 Stars* I really enjoyed how well Evans handled Stephen's issues with his sight and how he's dealing with his fear about what his future holds.  It's definitely an intimidating prospect and bleak for a man of his position & personality.  His emphasis on not getting married or having children got just a bit repetitive but as he started fighting his heart he was doing everything he could to remember why.  Unfortunately I think that Penelope's situation with her husband was a bit weaker but it was still interesting.  She worked hard to get Stephen involved but didn't really want him to find out the complete truth.  I'm not sure what she expected him to do but I don't know that it was well thought out because he's not the type to let it go without finding out everything.  I do think the two of them together are enjoyable and I really liked how supportive & understanding of Stephen she is.  She sees things about him, including his vision issues, that no one else does but she does what she can to help him understand that no matter what he has value.  It's sweet and a joy to read.   **Review given honestly and freely after receipt of a reader copy. This opinion is completely my own and was not influenced in any way.**
BabyDee 28 days ago
This was a first time read for me by Bronwen Evans and as such, she has a well-written novel with the romance I was seeking. It doesn’t hurt to have a handsome man on the book cover to draw you in as a reader. I also liked the fact that Stephen and Penelope are “damaged goods” based on the unfortunate circumstances that life has thrown at them. Needing each other, they work together to overcome the thing that has threaten to move them forward…which is fear. The story is filled with secrets - the Marquess eyesight condition that could potentially leave him blind and helpless, and the hush hush whispers related to Penelope’s husband’s death. Both major characters have sworn never to marry again because of their secrets but somehow the two are thrown together resulting in a lustful, passionate love affair. The plot and action were great and had its share of intrigue, twists and underlying event that may not go over well with some readers. I loved the banter that strengthen the attraction between Stephen and Penelope. I did like how the story was written to show that Stephen never let his failing eyes make him appear weak and Penelope’s horrible past leaving her as a strong and determined woman. What was disappointing was the quid pro quo undertone…in order to help her she would have to be seduced by him. That reduced his character a little for me although it wasn’t blatantly put in the story by the author. In addition, I love a good steamy sex scene while reading and thought that the intimacy was a bit overkill and unfeeling because some scenes did not show the tenderness that I thought should be an intricate part of lovemaking. Overall, it was an enjoyable historical romance that I had a hard time putting down until I got to the end. Will I read more from this author...a definitely yes. I recommend this book to historical readers who enjoy steamy love scenes, a bit of mystery and a HEA.
Anonymous 3 months ago
A awesome Historical romance. Penelope and Stephen are both damaged people that think neither need each others. Love the banter and chemistry between them. A good story about letting someone know you and accept you for who you are. Loved reading their story. Voluntarily reviewed.
Jolie 3 months ago
I love historical romance. Something about reading about love in Regency/Victorian England gets to me.  I love reading about the ton and its many rules about how a woman in Society must act. I love reading about how some women chose to either toe the line or ignore the strict rules that were set in place. I love reading about rakes and how they become reformed. I loved everything about them. Of course, there are some historical romances that I don't like. But for the most part, they are some of my favorite books to read. I enjoyed reading Drawn to the Marquess. What I liked the most about this book was that the characters were damaged. Stephen was going blind. Penelope was a battered wife. The author was able to take what happened to these characters and turn them into strengths. This book was nowhere as dark as the earlier book, Addicted to the Duke but it was dark enough for me. There were things that I didn't like about Drawn to the Marquess. I didn't like how no one knew that Stephen had issues with his eyes. He couldn't see anything off to the side and couldn't see in low light. Wouldn't that have been an issue when he was at balls? Because electricity hadn't been invented yet and candlelight is dim. But, Penelope figured it out soon after meeting him? Didn't make sense to me. I am sure that his mother and sisters would have noticed something. Because of what their father went through years ago. The other main thing was Penelope not telling Stephen about her husband's death until after the Frenchman hinted about it. While I could understand her reluctance and embarrassment. But still. Stephen was working to clear her name and he finds that out. I would have been furious too. I did connect with Penelope. I understood what she went through after her husband died. I also understood her absolute horror and disgust when she found out what he was doing. I wouldn't have been so....restrained....in my response to that. I wanted to hug her and tell her that it wasn't her fault. That he hid it well. But, she also annoyed me a little. As I stated above, I thought she should have been more upfront about her husband's death to Stephen. I liked Stephen but I also pitied him. I couldn't imagine knowing that I was going to go blind and seeing my vision go. I understood why he wanted to experience everything. He wanted those memories of what a sunset was like before he went blind. I even understood why he didn't tell his family about going blind. He didn't want to put his mother or sisters through that again. While I figured out what role Penelope had in her husband's death about halfway through, I was still surprised by it. It wasn't exactly what I thought. As soon as she realized what a monster her husband was, she went out to take care of it. As she should have. Those people were her responsibility and she lived for 6 years without knowing what was going on. To me, that made her a hero. The sex scenes were fantastic. Penelope was a wildcat in bed, once she realized that she could get pleasure from it. I loved the scene where she started describing what was going on while Stephen and she were having sex. That upped the hotness factor for me (and them). The chemistry and sexual attraction between Penelope and Stephen didn't go away after the first time. The author kept that amped up for the entire book. Even in the epilogue, all he had to do was look at her in a certain way and her toes curled. Loved it!!!
stanhope3234 3 months ago
3.5* Lady Penelope Fisherton needs help. She’s about to loose everything she holds dear if she doesn’t convince Stephen Hornsby, the Marquess of Clevedon to help her. When she fails to win bid on a painting she hoped to us to sway him to help her she is lost as what to do. Stephen is intrigued by the fair haired beauty that was set to win the painting. When they meet and he finds out what she wants they broker a deal. He helps her and she allows him to seduce her. After living six years with a vile man and finally free of him she’s vowed never to be tempted by a man again. Stephen can try, but Penelope will have no problem blocking his attempts at seductive, or so she thought. As their relationship grows and secrets are revealed its getting harder to deny their feelings. Stephen knows Penelope is hiding something, Penelope knows she needs to tell Stephen but will he believe her or think she was only using him? Suspense, laughter and tears run through out this book and some really good sexy times. This was not one of may favorite books that I’ve read of Ms. Evans. I had a hard time relating to the characters. Penelope was not likable in the beginning and I feared that this book was not going to be worth reading. I’m so glad I continued, Penelope and Stephen's relationship began and Penelope started to evolve and I began to see her in a new light. This book was a good read and I can’t wait for the next Bronwen Evans book.
Anonymous 3 months ago
The is a great historical romance, sex scenes are really hot. But this story is about more than that. It has betrayal, a murder mystery and both characters are hiding secrets from each other. I thoroughly enjoyed the story.
Hfowler 3 months ago
Overall, I thought the story was enjoyable.  I did think Stephen fell too fast for the kind of rake he is portrayed to be in the beginning.  I would have liked for him to keep thinking it was lust for a lot longer before realizing the lust he felt was actually love.  I thought that for a rake portrayed as stubborn and stuck in his ways and very determined to never get involved, he fell pretty fast. It didn’t take him long to start thinking about his feelings for her and how quickly his views changed, and I didn’t think her actions truly inspired that quick of a turn around. I wanted him to be a stronger rake type character that would be hard to win over, and he seemed to fall rather fast. Penelope was an interesting female character and her back story made her interesting and believable when it came to finding it hard to trust him. The story did end well and I really liked the epilogue. I love seeing how things end up after the last chapter, especially when time has gone by. The plot was intriguing and the conflicts the characters had to overcome were entertaining and made for a good story.  I liked it overall, I just like my rakes to be far more stubborn than Stephen seemed to be.
808bookdr 3 months ago
Rating 3.75/5 I love me some sexually hungry men and a mystery and cameos from previous characters in the series! This is the 2nd book in the series but can be read as a stand alone without a problem. Penelope and Stephen each have their own agendas at the beginning of their relationship - she needs him to help her prove her innocence so her brother-in-law doesn't steal her fortune left from her dead husband and he needs her so he can enjoy another beautiful thing before going blind. Both aren't looking for love - just means to ends - but love finds them anyway despite their struggle and obstacles to get there. I loved how Stephen taught her what it is to be loved and cherished when she didn't have that in her previous marriage. I disliked how Pen was misguiding him but they both had flaws and that's what made them perfect for each other. it was also more relatable as we all have flaws and we learn to see past those for love. This was a sweet story, not as much adventure as I'd like in a HR novel especially in a time period with strict rules, but enjoyable none the less.
Momov4 3 months ago
Ms. Evans is one of my favorite authors, I am always looking for books she has written. Drawn to the Marquess is wonderful, she continues to impress. Penelope is a bit of a mystery and sets out to get Stephen to help her defend herself against her former brother in law. Stephen agrees to help her, Penelope has trust issues after a horrible marriage and so the story begins. While the ending seems a little rushed, however a happily ever after is accomplished. If you love denial and angst, this is a great book for you. Thank you, NetGalley for an Advanced Copy for my honest opinion.
MalkaShayna 3 months ago
I received a free, advanced copy of this book from NetGalley.com. This is my unbiased and voluntary review. Stephen Hornsby, the Marquess of Clevedon, is a handsome rake, wealthy, charming and unknown to others, slowly losing his sight. When he was 14, his father had shot himself after having lost his sight, leaving the welfare of his mother and sisters on his young shoulders. He has vowed to never marry or have children, in order not to inflict the ailment on any child. He has traveled the world and sought beauty to cherish memories when he can no longer see. Beautiful widow, Lady Penelope Fisherton, daughter of a duke and sister of the present Duke of Sandringham, needs his help, to prove her innocent of the death of her husband who fell off a cliff when drunk. When she was eighteen, being cajoled by her father to marry a Prussian prince twice her age, she had eloped with David Carmichael, believing he was in love with her, but finding out after the wedding that it was her property, money and title that he wanted. He was a horrid man and the only one who questions the death is his older brother, who wants her property and has accused her of murder. She needs someone who is honest, has experience in investigation and is not afraid or can be bought off by Lord Rotham, her ex-brother-in-law. Stephen agrees to help her, if she agrees to let him try to seduce her. After the 6 horrible years with her husband, she never plans to marry, although she would have liked to have had children. She agrees as she is no longer the "stupid" girl she was at eighteen, believing she can stay immune to seduction. But if she is seduced by the right man? And will he risk feeling for a woman, despite the possible loss of his sight? This is the first book that I have read from this author, but now I am intrigued enough to read more. The characters are masterfully developed and the scenario unusual. One of those books that you don't want to put down until the end.
Historical_Romance_Lover 3 months ago
I absolutely loved Stephen and Penelope's story!! Penelope needs Stephen's help and comes up with a plan to get him to comply. Unfortunately, her plan doesn't work and she is left with no leverage to get him to help her. He, however, tell her if he is given the opportunity to try and seduce her, he will help her with her problem. Having already been taken in by someone else that seduced her, Penelope believes that she has the strength to resist Stephen. Stephen is going blind and likes nothing more than to spend him time taking in all the beautiful things around him. That includes beautiful woman and how they look when he is seducing them. When Penelope's plan to get him to help her didn't work, he came up with his own solution. He helps her and she gives him another memory to hold on to when he goes blind. Neither one of them is looking for love, but they say it comes when you are not looking for it. Can each of them get past their problems to find their HEA that neither was looking for. This latest addition to the Imperfect Lords series was perfect!! I loved both Stephen and Penelope. There were so many times throughout the story that my heart broke for each of them. This is definitely a must read for any historical romance lover!! I can't wait for the next book in the series!! It comes out in February!
JuliaAD 4 months ago
I loved Pen and Stephen. They are both tortured souls that were not looking for love. Pen needs help to keep her ex-brother-in-law from sending her to prison. She seeks help from Stephen. She researched him and found that he was someone who would get the information to keep her out of prison. She did not kill her husband. Stephen is glad to help Pen if she will allow him to try to seduce her. Pen has had enough of men running her life and she just gained her independence, so why would she want a man in her life? Stephen may be going blind so he isn't looking for any kind of relationship. He would not want to burden anyone if he went blind. He will not have children because he could pass the blindness on to a child. What they didn't count on was love. If they can weather the lies and uncertainties, they just might make it together.
Crystal61 4 months ago
Such a burden to carry for Stephen. I loved how Penelope was able to see beyond that burden. When misunderstandings and unspoken words threatened to tear apart this couple, my heart hurt. I loved their chemistry, their ability to see more than what was right in front of them, as well as the honest and steamy scenes between the two of them. Great descriptions and emotion. I recommend this story. I received an ARC of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
Pompie1999 4 months ago
*** 3.5 Stars *** What a lovely surprise to find that this book wasn’t dark and intense – as most of this author’s books are. The book is well written and moves steadily along. We had cameo visits from Alex and Hestia from the first book in the series, Addicted To The Duke, and it was lovely to catch up with them and their son Christopher. The two main characters in this book are flawed, filled with secrets and are afraid of love. It is nice to see them find their HEA. While the book is part of a series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone. Lady Penelope "Pen" Fisherton is in a bit of a precarious position at the moment and she needs an investigator to clear her name. Her husband, Lord Carmichael, was a vile man who was into some really nasty smuggling and her brother-in-law, Lord Rotham, wants to implicate her in Carmichael’s death. That would allow Rotham to inherit all of her property and wealth – and she would be charged with murder. Pen has done her research and has decided that Lord Clevedon is just the man she needs to help her. Through her research, she learned that Clevedon wants, very badly, to win a painting that is coming up at auction. It is her plan to outbid him at the auction and then offer him the painting in return for clearing her name. Stephen Hornsby, the Marquess of Clevedon, is a rake, a spy and a lover of beauty in all its forms – especially the female one. Stephen is also slowly going blind just as his father did before him. He’s seen all of the doctors and they all say the same thing. It is a disease that runs in families and since the symptoms have presented themselves, he will continue to lose his sight. If he is lucky, he won’t go totally blind, but that doesn’t give him any hope. He is already to the point where he can only see what is directly in front of him and he is almost totally blind when the light is low. His plan is to see and appreciate all of the beauty he can while he can still see it and then, to take the same route his father did when he totally loses his sight. There is a painting by a relatively uncollected painter coming up for auction and it is the best painting of a sunrise he has ever seen, so he must have it. Imagine his surprise when there is a beautiful woman trying to outbid him! Well, there was no way she was going to win, he’d pay whatever he had to in order to get the painting. With her first plan thwarted, Pen decides to intrigue him – and she certainly succeeds there. When he visits her at her home to gift her with the painting, she tells him about her plot with the painting and asks for his help. He agrees – if she will allow him to try to seduce her. The story is off and running after that. The investigation soon turns up some of the vile things her husband was guilty of, but finding proof was more difficult. As they investigated, they became closer and closer and decided that love might actually be an option after all. There are many fits and starts to their romance and it almost comes totally undone, but it was nice to see their well-earned HEA. There were some inconsistencies and title errors, etc. but I assume those will be repaired prior to the release of the book. I guess the real reason for the 3.5 star rating is that I had a hard time buying the plot. It didn’t make any sense that Pen would request Stephen’s help without telling him the truth. I mean, he was a spy for the crown and was a good investigator, did she honestly think he wouldn’t unearth her big secre
DebDiem 4 months ago
OMG!! I totally love this book! Drawn To The Marquess is an amazing read by Bronwen Evans. Ms. Evans has delivered this historical romance junkie's fix for the week with this well-written book. Penelope needs help to prove she didn't murder her degenerate husband. Stephen is the man she's picked to do the job. Their story is filled with drama, sizzle, bits of humor, action and suspense. I loved this book from start to finish and look forward to my next Bronwen Evans book. Drawn To The Marquess is book 2 of the Imperfect Lords Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
georgia1 4 months ago
When I read the blurb on this book I could not wait to read it. One of my favorite tropes in the wounded hero or heroine and this gave me that in abundance. It warms my heart to see them have hope and find love because everyone is not perfect. Stephen Hornsby, the Marquess of Clevedon is going blind, just like his father who killed himself when he was young. Determined to see and experience all the beauty he can before that fatal day comes, He sets out to seduce beautiful widower, Lady Penelope. But she has her own agenda when she gets his attention and needs him to help her. Two beautiful people, full of secrets and strong emotions. One determined to have her in his bed and one just as determined to not allow herself to feel love, passion or desire. Her dead husband had killed all of those feelings in her, or did he? This story gripped me from the beginning and as the pages turned, there was a mystery, secrets held and such strong emotions with these two. Due to the author's wonderful descriptions and amazing prose, I fell in love with these characters and only wanted them to find love and happiness. I recommend this story tenfold and although part of a series it can be read as a standalone. Thank you Bronwen Evans for a wonderful book. I cannot wait for more. Lori Dykes
georgia1 4 months ago
When I read the blurb on this book I could not wait to read it. One of my favorite tropes in the wounded hero or heroine and this gave me that in abundance. It warms my heart to see them have hope and find love because everyone is not perfect. Stephen Hornsby, the Marquess of Clevedon is going blind, just like his father who killed himself when he was young. Determined to see and experience all the beauty he can before that fatal day comes, He sets out to seduce beautiful widower, Lady Penelope. But she has her own agenda when she gets his attention and needs him to help her. Two beautiful people, full of secrets and strong emotions. One determined to have her in his bed and one just as determined to not allow herself to feel love, passion or desire. Her dead husband had killed all of those feelings in her, or did he? This story gripped me from the beginning and as the pages turned, there was a mystery, secrets held and such strong emotions with these two. Due to the author's wonderful descriptions and amazing prose, I fell in love with these characters and only wanted them to find love and happiness. I recommend this story tenfold and although part of a series it can be read as a standalone. Thank you Bronwen Evans for a wonderful book. I cannot wait for more. Lori Dykes
BookloverUT 4 months ago
Stephen Hornsby, the Marquess of Clevedon, is on borrowed time. He is afflicted with the same eye disease as his father. He may go blind soon, and he needs to see everything beautiful and precious before he sees nothing. He’s also determined never to fall in love and marry because his children may inherit his eye issues. Lady Penelope has survived a disastrous marriage to a scoundrel. But, now she’s a suspect in his alleged murder. She asks Stephen to help her clear her name. She wants to live life in freedom without a man tying her down. But, Stephen wants to show her that there is pleasure to be found in the opposite sex. Can he be close to Penelope without losing his heart? Can Penelope risk her independence to find out what she’s missing in her life? This was a great installment to Ms. Evans’ historical series. It’s full of romance, suspense, and a message that makes the whole story more fulfilling. The couple in this story are risking everything they hold dear to be with each other. Both of them are living without any hope for the future. When they open their hearts, hope creeps in. The suspense enhanced the romance and kept me on the edge of my seat until the ending. I can’t wait to read the next Imperfect Lords romance. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
astroyic 4 months ago
Another absolutely, delicious story by Bronwen Evans that will captivate and seduce her readers into staying up into the wee hours of the morning. Beautifully written, with likable characters, whose every interaction sizzles with attraction and heat, making them jump off the pages. Stephen Hornsby, The Marquess Of Clevedon, has been losing his sight for some time now, and fears he will become blind like his father. He has been on a quest to see every beautiful thing and to imprint it to his memory. When he sees Lady Penelope Fisherton at Sotheby’s Auction House the instant hit of lust rushing through his body reminds him that to be unable to see such beauty will be a punishment worse than death and he slowly drank in the beautiful luscious woman. He knew then he had to have her in his bed. Lady Penelope was a widow who had eloped eight years ago with Mr David Carmichael. After losing everything because she let her cad of a husband seduce her at the age of eighteen, she had to endure abuse and neglect at her husbands’ hands. A year ago her husband died under suspicious circumstances. He was found at the bottom of the cliff. Now her brother-in-law was trying to implicate her in her husbands’ death. And she needed, The Marquess Of Clevedon’s help. When the Marquess finely comes to call on her a week later they both strike a bargain with the other. He will help her prove her innocence if is she will let him try to seduce her. Get ready for more than some hot romance and seduction, as danger, intrigue, and as well as some twists and turns adds an edge to this Swoonworthy, Romance. Do they get a HEA? You will need to read this to find out. Loved this. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
nku 4 months ago
Drawn to the Marquess (Imperfect Lords, #2) by Bronwen Evans...Another great book in this series... Thanks to the publisher and #NetGalley for letting me preview this book. This is the story of Steven and Penelope (Pen) they both have their secrets...he fears he is going blind...she fears helping her he will find out her secret about her late husbands accident. This book has it all ..laughter..tears happy and sad... Evil men and their deeds..mystery and danger...catching up with old friends from previous books...steamy sex and of course a very HEA.
tsmb02 4 months ago
Holy cow, I want Stephen Hornsby, the Marquess of Clevedon for myself! Dang this man is just so full of passion! And the cover on the book....WOW!!!! Lord Stephen has been chasing a demon most of his life. His father had gone blind and taken his own life and now as an adult, Stephen is starting to lose some of his sight. He is determined to see the beauty in everything before this happens. So what if he likes to see woman in the throes of passion, whether from himself or from someone else. Since he will never marry and leave this burden to a wife, or pass it on to a child, Stephen will just enjoy his life as he can. When a spitfire of a lady tries to purchase a painting he really wants, he is surprised when she doesn't take to his advances. Now even more intrigued, Stephen realizes he wants this lady in his bed. What Lord Stephen didn't realize is that Lady Penelope had set it all up! Lady Penelope was married to an evil man who did horrible things. She was finally relieved when he accidentally died. Now that his brother was trying to frame her for the murder so she would lose her house, Pen realizes that she needs the help of Lord Stephen. Of course Stephen agrees...for a price....a chance to be in her bed! As these two work to clear her name, real feelings start to emerge. It doesn't matter to Penelope that Stephen is losing his sight. She likes that he has returned feeling back into her life. Just when it looks like they are headed to their perfect happy ever after, life throws a wrench into the situation. When all looks lost, the promise of love looks like it will win out. I just adored this book! It was fun, sexy and intriguing all at the same time.
MoniqueD 4 months ago
Widowed a year before, Lady Penelope Fisherton had thought that she would finally be at peace. Unfortunately, her brother-in-law Lord Rotham now wants her accused of her late husband’s death. She had found the man who could help her in her quest for proving her innocence: Stephen Hornsby, Marquess of Clevedon. Knowing of his penchant for art, she intends to outwit him at an auction. She knew he was a consummate rake, which she could exploit to her advantage, but she wasn’t prepared for her attraction to the man. However, Stephen was even more stunned at her beauty than she was at his. Stephen is slowly losing his eyesight, and upon being told what she wants from him, he agrees to help her on the condition that she accepts to let him try to seduce her. Even though I love Bronwen Evans, I was a tad apprehensive at the blurb, sensing a overly predatory male, and I was very pleased that I was proved wrong in the very first pages. Stephen is an unrepentant rake, but he does behave honourably. I loved that Penelope and Stephen were surprisingly evenly matched on about everything: both witty and clever, he was truly a man of his word and didn’t push her; she merely let herself acknowledge her lust for him. I wasn’t sure if I agreed with his view on his illness, but this was dealt with beautifully; he was stubborn, but not irritatingly so. There isn’t anything really specific that brought my rating down, apart from Penelope’s utter stupidity at not telling Stephen a vital piece of information; he was furious, and rightly so. It was more several little things that, in the end, added up. The slower pace didn’t bother me until the second half of the book, where there were a few unnecessary repetitions which slowed down the narrative a tad; there were several inconsistencies; a couple of facts of dubious historical accuracy; some incongruous vocabulary choices and a few questionable verb tenses. As I said, it was nothing major, but it did put a damper on my enthusiasm for what is an otherwise excellent romance, which progressed very smoothly and realistically. I also loved how well Stephen’s vision problem was handled and how it led to character growth on both sides and interesting conversations between several of the characters, amongst them Jonathan who was just wonderful. In spite of my misgivings, DRAWN TO THE MARQUESS is a very interesting book, and as always I will be looking forward to Ms. Evans’ future endeavours because she never fails to engage me, to unsettle me sometimes, and to push the envelope where historical romance is concerned. .
Sunshine1006 4 months ago
Stephen Hornsby, the Marquess of Clevedon was at Sotheby’s to buy a painting. So was Lady Penelope Fisherton.. Both wanted the painting for different reasons. He, because it is a beautiful sunrise, she because she wanted something to offer him to help her prove that she didn't kill her scoundrel of a husband. Since he won, she had nothing to offer. She knows he worked as a spy in the war and thinks that he can help her. He is agreeable to helping her if she will give him a chance to seduce her. They are attracted to each other, maybe even in love but they both have secrets. She finds out that he is losing his eyesight. He will never marry because she wants children and he refuses to pass on his disability to a child of his. Her secrets are what her husband was doing to cause his death. He deserved to die, but did Lady Penelope kill him? Can she convince Lord Clevedon that she didn't kill her husband? What other secrets does she have and will they destroy their relationship? Great read with some of today's news headlines. I loved the book. It is a great read with suspense and love. Can love conquer everything? You need to read this book to find out. I received this book from Net Galley and Random House Publishing for an honest review and no other compensation otherwise.