Redemption For The Rakish Earl by Jilian Rouge
This is dramatic, suspenseful, tragic and romantic. Alex and Rue have known each other since they were children, and Rue has been in love with him since she was a young teen. When Alex needed to go to London to make money for his estate, Rue thought to keep him home by giving him her innocence, which he took, then left, breaking her heart. Nine years later Rue realizes that she has not given her suitors the real chance that they deserve and heads home for some thinking time. While staying at Alex's home for his mother's annual ball, which she did every year, his mother tells her that Alex's cousin Christian wanted to court her. Knowing that she'll never be with Alex she gives Christian her full attention, and then is shocked to learn that Alex was do back from London. As soon as Alex gets back they are bickering with each other, but when he learns that his cousin plans on proposing to Rue, he gets angry jealous. He's a class A jerk throughout the book, and was only slightly better by the end. But Rue has been in love with him forever, so when he decides to seduce her, she can't help giving in. But she had already decided that it was time to move on, and keeps telling him that she's not going to marry him. As all that is happening, someone tries to kill both Alex and Rue. It's entertaining, but I didn't love the characters.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. This is my honest and voluntary opinion of it.