by Tracy Anne Warren
Series: Rakes of Cavendish Square #2
Genres: Historical Romance
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When Lady Esme Byron happens upon a gorgeous naked man sleeping beside a secluded country lake, she can’t resist the impulse to sketch him. But when her highly improper drawing is mistakenly revealed at a party, she finds her once-pristine reputation in tatters. Gabriel, Lord Northcote, may be a notorious rakehell, but he is still stunned to find himself accused of despoiling a duke’s sister—especially since he's never set eyes on her. When Esme’s six irate brothers demand a hurried trip down the aisle, he has no choice but to comply. He thinks he can forget about his inconvenient bride but Esme Byron is no ordinary woman and Gabriel is about to learn just how unforgettable she can be.
Happily Bedded Bliss by Tracy Anne Warren is the second novel in her Regency series The Rakes of Cavendish Square. A damaged and dashing rake and an animal loving heroine are forced into marriage to save her reputation. It might just be the perfect match. Happily Bedded Bliss was a quick enjoyable read that delivered a sweet and believable romance.
Coffee Dates with Happily Bedded Bliss
- First date: In the wood, He is naked. She has a sketchbook. A house party, improper sketches, a notorious rake, a Duke, and five angry brothers equal wedding bells. Oh, what fun this first date was and Esmé is simply delightful. She has a whole brood of animals, speaks her mind and does not conform. It was only a matter of time before this happened. Personally, I would not survive Regency London. I would be shackled within a week! Siblings, friends and distant family added humor, and interest.
- Second date: The attraction is there and the game is a foot. Esmé makes me laugh and I settled right into the story. She is a nervous young bride, and Gabriel, Lord Northcote is turning out to be quite an interesting character. We soon learn about his past and meet his horrible Uncle. He really is quite smitten with Esmé; she amuses him, surprises him and challenges him. Moreover, Did I hear him utter mine? Do not use the L-O-V-E word around him he is liable to panic. He has poor Esmé all discombobulated. Their after marriage courtship is quite heated as these two begin to learn and explore their passion. We get a honeymoon of sorts, before one of Gabriel’s friends throws him for a loop.
- Third Date: Trouble is afoot. Esmé has a better temperament than I do making her the perfect match for our hero. I would have run him over with my buggy. The man is passionate one minute and a stranger the next. Poor Gabriel is miserable and trying to distance himself, all because of some convoluted opinion about L-O-V-E. He leaves Esmé at his estate and heads to his townhouse in London. The two go through some ups and downs but the conflict was not overdone and there was character growth. I needed a truffle or two as I rooted for this couple.
Happily Bedded Bliss explores the marriage trope, and while many aspects of the story were familiar and predictable, I enjoyed the characters and became swept up in finding their happy.