Review: Days of Rakes and Roses
Lydia has spent the last 10 years mourning her chance lost love with Simon. They were caught in her father's barn together --just before they could, er, cross the threshold in their relationship. Her father tossed him out and Simon left the country. Even though her father died five years ago, she has heard nothing from him. And no man has ever made her feel what Simon did. At some point, though, she realized that he may never come back and she made herself move on.
Now Lydia is engaged to be married to another man. She doesn't love him, of course, but it's a good match. It's at her engagement ball that Simon makes his comeback. Lydia's brother summoned him to stop the wedding. He's sure that his sister would be miserable with a man she doesn't love. But it's not as easy as he hoped to reunite her with his old friend. She was so hurt by Simon's abandonment and it has eradicated her ability to trust a man. How could she trust him, of all people, with her heart again?
What I liked about this story was that Simon was just as miserable as Lydia over the past decade. He left to protect her reputation and muddled through life just as heartbroken as she did. And when they were reunited, they both still felt that long ago love for one another. Yes, there were roadblocks, but there weren't too many and they didn't feel contrived. It was just right for the length of the story.
This is part of Anna Campbell's Sons of Sin series, and while I loved Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed (and totally think you should read it) you don't have to be familiar with the previous book to enjoy this one.
*ARC Provided by Forever via NetGalley
Days of Rakes and Rosesby Anna CampbellRelease Date: July 2, 2013Publisher: Forever