Her Deviant Lord
Re-release (2013) Secret Cravings Publishing
Bastian Wycliffe, the Earl of Wendelhem, has finally moved on...or so he thought. En route to a hunting trip after over-indulging the night before, he endures a frightful and terribly embarrassing swoon. He’s seen a ghost and her name is Cordelia Waite, the Duchess of Downsbury.
Mrs. Weylen, formerly a duchess, has a secret. All it took was the chance meeting in the inn that fateful night for her memories to come back and haunt her. She makes haste returning to London incognito with the intent to clear up misconceptions and to deliver an ultimatum to her former lover.
Yet, when a newfound obsession refuses to accept the truth, and her imprisoned husband discovers she’s still alive, their lives and relationship may be in danger. Second chances have never been more precarious.
We finally get to meet the Duchess of Downsbury, the ever elusive, presumed to be dead wife of the vile Duke. This was the sub-plot that tied into all the other stories in the series. But as the title suggests, this story’s hero is definitely deviant. We were introduced to him from the beginning, but it seemed he was drinking himself to death. He had an affair with the Duchess and fell in love with her. When he found out she died, he died inside. He debauchery and penchant for going into brothels, meant that he was doomed.
I found his back story a little alarming. I won’t go into details about it here, but it really made my mouth gape open. Deviant might be a little too tame of a word for how he got introduced to his kinks. But, it did make sense to how his character evolved and how his relationship to the Duchess, Cordelia came to fruition.
Besides that scene from the past, I did enjoy this story. It came to a conclusion that was satisfying, especially in terms of the former Duke.
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*