A Promise of More is a great addition to The Disgraced Lords Series. This story brings together two people that would not have gotten together except for outstanding circumstances.
Sebastian Hawkestone, Lord Coldhurst is returning to London after a period of exile due to a duel he fought several months before. On the day of his return he is met on his ship by Beatrice Hennessey the sister of the man he killed in the duel. Beatrice is hoping that Lord Coldhurst will save her family from ruin as he is the one that killed her brother. She believes that the only way to save her family is to have Lord Coldhurst marry her. So she goes to his ship and demands that he marry her. Lord Coldhurst is not thrilled with the idea of a marriage to Beatrice or to anyone really. But he realizes that he can have the marriage he wants (or so he thinks) with her, no complications. As Sebastian and Beatrice struggle through their marriage they come across some evidence that sheds doubt on whether Sebastian actually killed her brother. Sebastian is now more determined than ever to clear his name, but how does he do that while protecting his wife.
Sebastian was a hard character for me to like at times. There a few instance where he does things that I didn’t agree with. But I can see how it added drama to the story…I just didn’t feel he should have been doing them (I think this is why I love the author so much is she really makes me feel for the characters). I know that he truly didn’t want to marry Beatrice but he soon comes to realize that he has feelings for her and if he doesn’t want his marriage to be anything like the disaster of his parents he knows that they have to behave in a certain way. While he tries to set the tone of his marriage he realizes that nothing goes as planned when you love someone. Beatrice is somewhat naïve to me. She believes that buy marrying Sebastian all her families’ problems would be solved. What she didn’t count on was her feelings for Sebastian turn into something that she wasn’t expecting. I think what she feels for him surprised her and she decides that she wants all or nothing from him. When Sebastian does not want to meet her demands their relationship becomes strained. As Sebastian and Beatrice work on their marriage they also are trying to determine who set up Sebastian and how to clear his name. I believe that by spending time together they realize that they can a marriage that makes them both truly happy.
Overall the story was very well written with well-developed characters that made me pull my hair at times while getting teary-eyed up at others. The story also brings back characters from the first two books in the series and it was nice to catch up with them. If you have read the first two books in the series A Promise of More is definitely worth checking out. I am looking forward to the continuation of this series.
From the Author:
In the second novel in Bronwen Evans’s sexy new Disgraced Lords series, two very independent souls find themselves fighting to resist a deepening passion.When Beatrice Hennessey sets out to confront Lord Coldhurst, the notorious rogue who killed her brother in a duel, her intent is to save her family from destitution. She’s determined to blackmail the man into a loveless marriage. She’ll make the wealthy Lord Coldhurst pay for the rest of his life. But while greeting his ship, Beatrice takes a tumble into the Thames—only to be fished out by a pair of strong masculine arms that tempt her to stay locked in their heated embrace forever. That is, until she realizes those arms belong to Sebastian Hawkestone, Lord Coldhurst himself.
The little drowned mermaid has an interesting proposition indeed; one that Sebastian is surprised to find quite agreeable. Although he’s had women more beautiful, she is pleasing to the eye, and besides, it’s time he fathered an heir. Beatrice promises to be the ideal wife; a woman who hates him with an all-consuming passion is far too sensible to expect romance. However, it isn’t long before Sebastian’s plan for a marriage of convenience unravels, and he’s caught up in the exhilarating undertow of seduction.