First off, I cannot believe I've never blogged about this book before. How is that even possible? It's one of my all-time favorites & all that good stuff. *headdesk* Oh well, it doesn't hurt to do it now. :)
Back Blurb-They call him many names, but Angelic isn't one of them...
Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters"--and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best--sin and sin again--and that's going swimmingly, thank you...until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.
She's too intelligent to fall for the worst man in the world...
Jessica Trent is a determined young woman, and she's going to drag her imbecile brother off the road of ruin, no matter what it takes. If saving him--and with him, her family and future--means taking on the devil himself, she won't back down. The trouble is, the devil in question is so shockingly irresistible, and the person who needs the most saving is--herself!
Aw, how I love this book. There are so many things about it that just make me sigh.
We are first introduced to Sebastian (or Dain as he is usually called) on the day of his birth and the subsequent events that make him into the man he becomes. Poor Dain hasn't had the easiest of lives. Not that he is the easiest person to be around, but he has his reasons.
As a grown man he has made a name for himself as the most debauched man & though he loves women, he will not have sex with anyone but whores (with good reason, in his mind). He's never really been tempted by a good woman until one day.
While shopping, he meets one of his comrades. Bertie isn't one Dain would call a friend; more a hanger's on. Bertie introduces him to his sister and that's when everything goes to hell in a hand basket.
Instant attraction, misunderstandings and ingrained beliefs seem to be the biggest parts of this story.
You've got a tough, strong Alpha-type hero who deep inside is very unsure of himself. You have a heroine who is just this side of being a bluestocking, but is sexy enough to get away with it. Their relationship definitely has it's ups and downs, but that's what makes it so much fun.
There are sweet and tender moments. Moments where you want to smack Dain upside the head. Moments where you're not sure if the relationship will survive.
And best of all? You have a relationship that's beautiful when it all comes down to it.
I cannot recommend this book enough. It's on a lot of romance readers top romance books of all time with good reason. It's a great historical romance, without the horrible purple prose. It's sweet, it's funny and it's well worth the money.
My Rating: A