ARC REVIEW: A License to Wed by Diana Quincy

Thursday, July 07, 2016
Perfect for readers of Madeline Hunter, Lisa Kleypas, and Sabrina Jeffries, the Rebellious Brides series continues with a sizzling tale of forbidden love between a socialite and a scholar—who might just be an infamous spy.
Lady Elinor Dunsmore made the mistake of falling for her older brother’s best friend, who vanished after a night of unbridled passion. Six years and a lifetime later, their eyes meet across a Paris salon. Her friends and family believe she’s dead, but Elle is very much alive. She’s now associated with a ruthless general, who wants her to seduce the man who broke her heart in order to learn his deepest secrets. Is Will a mild-mannered scholar—or the notorious agent they call The Razor?

The bastard son of an earl and an actress, Will Naismith always knew he was an unsuitable match for Elle Dunsmore, no matter how powerfully he ached for her. And yet he almost allowed his desires to spoil her glittering future. After the agony caused by Elle’s supposed death, Will has devoted himself to the Crown, but his entire life has been leading up to this unexpected reunion. As much as he still wants her, though, he must not succumb to lust once again. For his mission is delicate—and Elle is delectably dangerous.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

"I didn't think it possible to find you more appealing." She interlaced her fingers with his and breathed his scent deep into her lungs. I found you extraordinarily appealing when you were a bookish clerk. But now-."

Well this book turned out to be a little gem! Set mostly in post revolution France and when titles were a thing of the past and the nobility where no more. One of our characters is Elle, she's a Lady her father a Marquis, she could easily marry a duke but ever since she's been a little girl she's only had eyes for Will. But their love can never be, because while Will's sire is a member of the peerage Will is a an illegitimate son, what's worse is his father treats him like a burden so he's never felt like he fit in. The only constants in Will's life are Elle and her older brother. They share one night of passion, Will realizing what he he's done tells her they should marry but the next day is sent away and by the time he returns Elle has made a most advantageous marriage, she's married a Vicomte. Six years pass with Will suppressing a deep bitterness and pain because of Elle's subsequent death during the revolution until he sees her at an establishment in France.

Think intrigue, spies, jilted lovers, angst and suspense. So as surprised as I was by how much I enjoyed this story I wasn't quite sure if I liked Elle at all in the beginning until the story unraveled and I decided I actually loved her and wasn't so sure if I liked Will very much. It was pretty much me loving and hating the characters throughout the book. The story is set against the backdrop of a fragile peace between England and France that no one thinks will last. Will and Elle's reunion was very tense because of all the misunderstanding and secrets between them, both characters were very prideful despite their obvious love for one another. It was very frustrating but also made for a deliciously torturous story.

At times I wanted to bash both characters over the head and lock them in a room together so they could have a good chat, and air out their cupboard of skeletons. Although this read like a standalone there were a few cameos from characters that I think were in previous books and ones from future books. I'll have to investigate as this author is new to me. But if you're looking for a historical romance with characters who have been estranged for many years, have a deep and torturous love for each other with plenty of conflicts to overcome, then you should definitely give this a go.

ARC kindly provided by publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review

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