The Royal Conquest by Stacy Reid
Series: Scandalous House of Calydon #4
on November 30, 2015
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His dark seduction will be her undoing…
After being cruelly jilted by a lord who claimed to adore her, Miss Payton Peppiwell swore her future husband would be as ordinary as she. Now if only her family would listen to her. Then she meets Mikhail Konstantinovich, an untitled horse breeder, in a highly improper and scandalous encounter. Never had Payton expected to be so attracted to the dark, intriguing man, who seduces her to recklessness with a mere stare.
Mikhail abhors anything to do with intimacy. Yet Miss Peppiwell stirs hunger and a need long forgotten in him. But Mikhail has a dark past—one that means his lust must be sated in a way entirely unsuitable for a lady. But his biggest secret will be the hardest for Payton to overcome: Mikhail is not only titled, he’s a prince…
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I’ve started to wonder, when every historical heroine we read is not a proper lady… were there any left who were?
In The Royal Conquest we meet Ms. Payton an American girl in England, with a sister married into high society and that, after being jilted by a Lord, is totally set on not marrying a titled gent, much to the displeasure of her parents.
Prince Alexander, the Count of Montgomery and Duke of Avondale is currently incognito at his cousin the Duke of Calydon’s house, escaping from yet another scandal in Russia. This one, just like the previous ones, was not of his doing and he wants to stay out of society’s light for at least a couple of weeks. When an enticingly smelling thief gallops away on one of the prized stallions he’s brought his cousin as a present he decides to just be Mikhail and goes after her (there’s no way those curves were male).
As it happens Payton and her family are staying at the Duke’s estate as well since they are acquaintances through her sister’s marriage. And of course the “thief” in breeches is none other than the very improper Payton.
Mikhail suffered a horrible ordeal when he was kidnapped when he was young, and was left with an acute aversion to touch and a complete control over his body and its impulses. So when the beautiful girl he followed makes him feel and want things he had never thought would be in his future again, he doesn’t know what to do. Ok, he totally knows what to do, he just spends some time trying to talk himself out of doing it.
Payton is totally intrigued and enchanted by the Duke’s friend and advisor. Especially when he doesn’t expect her to act the lady, or curtail her “American charm” aka lack of proper manners. He is not disgusted by her laugh, her story writing, her penchant for riding astride… he seems to like her just the way she is. He is not a titled lord, so she can see a promising future between them.
Well, isn’t she in for a surprise! Both of them have a handful of issues to get over. She needs to learn not every Lord is a lying, fickle dickwad, and to trust Mikhail. He certainly has more troubling problems to work through.
Will they let these things get in the way of true love?
I greatly enjoyed reading The Royal Conquest. Payton was my kind of gal, doing pretty much what she pleased in spite of what people may say. Mikhail was one lovable tortured soul, and you couldn’t help but want to cuddle him (once he got over his touch aversion thingy).
Their romance was sweet and steamy, there was a lot of the much expected ravishing, and just enough meddling people to get you almost too exasperated but not quite. I’m certainly looking into Ms. Reid series after this one.
Sparkles’ Rating: 4 F*#@-Propriety Stars
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