A Kiss of Lies by Bronwen Evans

A Kiss of LiesTitle: A Kiss of Lies
Series: The Disgrace Lords Series
Author: Bronwen Evans
Genre:Historical Fiction
Blurb: Desperate to escape her abusive past, Sarah Cooper disguises herself as a governess in the employ of Christian Trent, Earl of Markham, the man who, long ago, she fantasized about marrying. Despite the battle scars that mar his face, Sarah finds being near Christian rekindles her infatuation. A governess, however, has no business in the arms of an earl, and as she accompanies Christian on his voyage home, Sarah must resist her intense desires—or risk revealing her dangerous secrets.
 
One of the renowned Libertine Scholars, Christian Trent once enjoyed the company of any woman he chose. But that was before the horrors of Waterloo, his wrongful conviction of a hideous crime, and his forcible removal from England. Far from home and the resources he once had, Christian believes the life he knew—and any chance of happiness—is over . . . until his ward’s governess sparks his heart back to life, and makes him remember the man he used to be. Now Christian is determined to return to England, regain his honor, and win the heart of the woman he has come to love.

This was one raw book.  It was awesomely good and raw.  You might hear me mention that this book is raw later on but when you read it, you’ll see what I mean.

Sarah Cooper is on the run, someone is out to get her but she won’t be caught.  She will have her freedom or die trying. An escape arises when  she sees a post for the position for a governess and what makes this even sweeter is that her employer is a recluse.

With a plan in her head, Sarah disguises herself to look the part of a governess but try as she might, see could not hide her beauty.  This did not go unnoticed by her new employer Christian Trent, the Earl of Markham. 

Sarah knew the Earl when she was younger and to young to attend balls and had a huge infatuation with him.  He was the most beautiful man she have ever seen but his face is now disfigured by one of the most painful ways possible, by fire.

Christian Trent has to go back to England to clear his name of a crime he did not commit but first must find a governess to take care of his recently acquired ward, Lily.

Christian could not stop the powerful response to his new employee and wants her in his bed. But after suffering from his burns, no woman would willingly have him, so why would the beautiful and loving Sarah choose to be with him.

Sarah wants Christian but cannot risk getting him evolved in her battles.  The cost of harboring a criminal is dire.  Would Sarah tell Christian her secrets?  If she does, would he be disgusted with her and turn her away?  Find out in the first installment of “The disgrace Lords Series.”

+Bronwen Evans wrote a very completing and raw book.  This book had so many twist and turns that I felt like I was navigating a maze with a very awesome prize at the end.  I love how you think you know what is going to happen next and then BAM, something totally unexpected happens; especially with the cliff hanger of an ending.

If you love historical romance, suspense, unexpected plot twist and deceit, I recommend that this is the book for you.

Thoughts: Things were repeated, but in different words
Grade: A

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