Seven years ago, Leona Montgomery’s sensuality was awoken by a mysterious young adventurer full of dark chaos and sinful inclinations.
When she meets him again, their attraction reignites immediately, but he is much changed. Arrogant, masterful, and determined to seduce her, he now appears to have leashed the chaos and tamed the darkness.
Or has he?
Title: The Sins of Lord Easterbrook
Author: Madeline Hunter
Genre: Regency Historical
Series: Last of the Rothwell Brothers Series. After The Rules of Seduction, Lessons of Desire, and Secrets of Surrender
Content warning: There is a paranormal element that is not treated as paranormal since this is a historical. I usually hate paranormal elements in historicals (e.g. Mine Till Midnight) but the way Hunter does it here worked for me.
Ramblings: Usually, you can take any Madeline Hunter book from a series and read it out of order. However, I dont recommend that a reader new to Hunter do so with The Sins of Lord Easterbrook. This is a pretty good culmination to the series that started with Rules of Seduction, the first book (which still remains my favorite book of MH). All the loose ends are tied up neatly. Hunter conscientiously hasnt forgotten a thing, including to remember to match off the young minor female cousins from the series. There is even an epilogue, a literary first for Hunter.
This is the story of Christian, Marquess of Easterbrook. Since the beginning, readers have been clamouring for his book. He is such a strong character that he steals every scene that he is in and you could almost see Hunter having to rein him in previous books. Now unleashed, he is quite magnificent. Indelible . . . the way Lisa Kleypas’s Derek Craven is indelible. Indelible like JoBev’s Rothgar. Christian is also machiavellian, eccentric, ruthless, implacable, arrogant, reclusive, sardonic, controlling, and quite lusty. Emphasis on ruthless and lusty.
Frankly, as a loudly avowed lover of beta heroes, Christian was a little too much for this reader. At times, I fully expected Christian to start dragging his knuckles and shouldering Leona back to his cave. I also think he was too much for Leona which made the romance uneven. Altho she had a few good comebacks to Christian’s he-man routine, she was too easily distracted and seduced from her so-called missions by Christian, time and time again. Another way the romance is lacking was that there was not enough of those type of scenes which showed Christian and Leona falling in love, a common occurrence which I find more prevalent these days in novels where the H/H have met before the story opens.
So, for tying up all the back stories that have threaded the novels of the series, specifically about the Rothwell parents which was used as such a haunting backdrop in ROS and more as a MacGuffin in LOD, I would give this an A. The actual romance between Christian and Leona is more like a B-/C+. That averages to a B+ rating from me.
Note: Readers of Hunter’s Seducer series will recognize a cameo by one of the main heroes.