Arend Aubury trusts no one besides his fellow Libertine Scholars. After his family escaped from France, penniless and persecuted, only the Scholars took him in. So when the stepdaughter of the villainess who has been plotting against them approaches Arend with allegations against their enemy, he suspects a double cross. Yet Isobel is a tantalizing prize, with lips as sweet as champagne and skin as creamy as Camembert. Is she a feast for the senses—or a bitter trap?
Lady Isobel Thompson dreams of marrying an honorable gentleman with a spotless reputation, a trait that Arend seems to lack completely. But Isobel believes that her stepmother is responsible for her father’s death, and only Arend has the skills to uncover the truth. As a cover, Arend suggests a fake betrothal—and soon Isobel finds herself forgetting that their courtship is a ploy. He’s so different from the man of her fantasies, and yet he’s so terribly handsome, so dangerously intoxicating—and all Isobel wants is more.
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What better way to relax from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season then to read about a love that happened centuries ago. Or could have happened. A NIGHT OF FOREVER was the perfect remedy to all those not yet wrapped presents.
Let me start off by giving the author kudos. This is actually the sixth book in the series but it did manage to stand alone. This is huge for me as there is nothing that I hate more then a book where I feel lost because I didn't read the earlier books.
I really liked the character of Isobel. She is an old soul and doesn't tend to allow herself to become too concerned with the small stuff. She knows that someone killed her father and she knows that Arend is consumed with something that happened in the past. And she is determined to resolve both issues.
Arend is a tortured man. He feels that the only good thing in his life is his friendship with Libertine Scholars and that events in his past have made him worthless otherwise. Both his angst and his sensuality made for an interesting character.
I did enjoy the story line as it contained danger, friendship, love and hot sex. The pacing was fast and the dialogue was witty. I did find a couple content editing errors that pulled me out of the story but hopefully those where found in the final edit.
I do recommend this book to my readers who enjoy historical romance. It does have some explicit sex scenes so be warned if there are any younger readers interested.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.