The Bedding Proposal
The Rakes of Cavendish Square #1
By Tracy Anne Warren
Author’s Website: http://www.tracyannewarren.com/
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Omar
Pay a call to the most seductive address in London and meet the Rakes of Cavendish Square…
Lord Leo Byron is bored with the aristocratic company he keeps; he needs a distraction, preferably in the form of a beautiful new female companion. So when he sets eyes on fascinating and scandalous divorcée Lady Thalia Lennox, he’s determined to make her intimate acquaintance. But the spirited woman seems to have no intention of accepting his advances no matter how much he chases–or how hard he falls…
Once a darling of Society, Thalia Lennox now lives on its fringes. The cruel lies that gave her a notoriously wild reputation have also left her with a broken heart and led to a solemn vow to swear off men. Still, Leo Byron’s bold overtures are deliciously tempting, and, for the first time, she finds herself wondering whether it just might be worth the risk to let the attractive rake into her life–and her bed…
In the bedding proposal, Lord Leo Byron finds his match when he sees the divorcee, Lady Thalia Lennox, but as he tries to persuade her to be his lover, he comes against a wall she has build up to keep everybody out of her life. After a disastrous marriage, and being cast out of society by those she thought her friends, Thalia, has a hard time believing that Lord Leo wants something to do with her. She knows of the rumors saying that there are parades of men coming out of her house, and of the lovers she takes and tosses like used toys. She thinks that Lord Leo just wants to be another of her loves, she knows of his reputation and that he just wants her on his list. But what started as a persuasion to be lovers turns into much more for Leo once he knows the real Thalia and what is the truth behind her divorce.
I liked the story’s characters, I think that Leo completes Thalia, and she makes him think things more careful. I have hopes for the couple’s future and their lives.
It is said, to not judge a book by its cover, but I sometimes do it. When choosing what to read, I judge new books by their cover and their summary. That’s what I did with the Bedding Proposal. Lord Leo in the cover really caught my eye, why? Maybe it was the color or the model’s bright blue eyes staring at you. When reading historical stories, most of the time the female character in the cover is what catches my attention, which makes me wonder what the story might be about, hence reading the summary. In this case, when I read that Lady Thalia was a divorcee in the nineteen hundreds, well that was something I needed to read.
Another aspect I like, when reading historical novels, is the way they express themselves. Author Tracy Anne uses old English in her writing, this is normal noticing that this story takes place in 1817. I not only liked the way the characters speak but also learning new things of the old times, such as to drink brandied milk to fall asleep.
While I liked the story, I felt that the ending was weak, though I’m not going to say how it ends, I really thought that it was going to involve gambling. I was hoping for a small miracle to happen and change things, it didn’t.
The bedding proposal is the first of the the Rakes of Cavendish Square series, but the series is the continuation of the Byron’s of Braebourne series, where we see the older Byron siblings. This book, had an excerpt from Leo’s younger sister Esme’s story that looks promising.
If you like historical novels and stories about Lords and Ladies, I recommend you the Bedding Proposal, where a man finds love in a woman that London’s society has turned its back on because of lies, and along the way they fight for their love that started with a champagne splash.
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*