When the Earl of Bradenstoke took up his absent brother’s identity in order to steal a kiss from the lovely Alice Cherville, he had no idea that a simple kiss or a small deception would, in the future, bite him in the, er, arm.
Miss Alice Cherville had written to Braden more times than either of them can count, reminding him of his responsibility as a guardian to her orphaned family. But Braden, having just inherited more responsibilities than he can handle, refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of his deceased father’s promise to the Chervilles. Ignoring Alice’s letters and, therefore, the Chervilles' existence, was Braden’s response. That is, until the Chervilles arrive in London ten years and countless letters later, and Braden is suddenly confronted by whom he now privately calls his Nemesis.
With five siblings, not including Alice, the Chervilles are certainly a charming family. Although Braden and Alice’s romance take the lead, there is nothing less for the three younger sisters – romance abounds in this nicely written regency! In the midst of glittering London and within a circle of friends, the younger Cherville ladies experience infatuation, heartbreak and true love – nothing can be more satisfying than seeing a whole family live happily ever after!
But even more satisfying is how Alice brings the high and mighty Earl of Bradenstoke to his knees – literally! Alice’s generous spirit and forthright manner both charms and surprises Braden. While he once thought her an ambitious country girl seeking his patronage for social reasons, he reverses his opinion once he acquaints himself with the whole family. There is nothing but sweetness and love, with a little bit of teasing, between the sisters!
A delightful romance with some sexual tension thrown in, which nicely turns up the heat, A Rogue’s Deception is an enchanting read and one that is highly recommended.