Society’s most outrageous—and popular!—escort Nicholas D’Arcy is renowned for his utmost discretion. So when he suddenly finds himself named and shamed by a jealous husband, he reluctantly accepts a summons to the countryside…a fate worse than death!
Annorah Price-Ellis isn’t what Nick is used to—innocent, feisty and decidedly uncomfortable with the spontaneous heat between them! Suddenly, London’s most audacious lover is out of his depth, and in danger of revealing the real man behind the polished facade…
Rakes Who Make Husbands Jealous Only London’s best lovers need apply!
This isn’t the first time I’ve read a historical book about a male escort (I’m not sure why the sudden popularity or if they were always this plentiful and I just didn’t notice) and I think that it holds up pretty well. Nick has his reasons for doing what he does and Scott does a great job of making him complicated and compelling. I anxiously turned pages trying to get to the bottom of why he is the man he is and whether he can let things go to grab his change at a happy ever after.
I really loved him with Annorah and was rooting for them from their first meeting. It’s interesting to have a hero be so overt in his motivation for the things he says and does – usually they either aren’t as aware or they don’t acknowledge their end game but as a professional escort Nick is more up front about his seductive tricks. It’s actually quite fascinating to read about his thought process. He’s charming, sexy and witty … and plots every move he makes to come across that way.
It’s not going to be for everyone – I don’t know why we are OK with our heroes being rakes but as soon as they start taking money for it they are a turn-off – but I highly recommend it. It’s the first of a series and I’m intrigued by the idea of finding out more about the other men in the League of Discreet Gentlemen.