Lauren Smith's His Wicked Seduction is an enjoyable historical romance, particularly for those who love the Regency era, rakes who believe they can't be redeemed, and the allure of a longtime affection that finally gets a chance to bloom. Smith treats the reader to several romances in this book, with multiple couples involving various members of the deliciously named League of Rogues. However, this is chiefly Lucien's story, a man who believes he doesn't deserve what he wants most—the very proper (or so he thinks) sister of his friend. Horatia, of course, is as thoroughly smitten with Lucien as he is with her and the beauty of the story is their journey—from secret passion, to sizzling attraction, romantic interludes, and a love that just might redeem them both. Smith also inserts a bit of tension and suspense with a sinister character with a tangled history with League, who now poses a threat to Horatia.
Lucien, Marquess of Rochester, is a seasoned rogue with a wicked reputation. He's no match for a proper young lady, yet Horatia Sheridan, the very proper sister of his friend is the only woman he truly wants. Having loved her for years, he's avoided her as often as he can. But when they are thrown together, and Horatia asks him for what he's always desired, will he risk her reputation? More importantly, will he risk his heart?
Can the League’s most wicked rakehell be tamed? Or has this Rogue fallen too far?
Horatia Sheridan has been hopelessly in love with Lucien, her brother’s best friend, ever since he rescued her from the broken remains of her parents’ wrecked carriage. His reputation as London’s most notorious rakehell doesn’t frighten her, for under his veneer of cool authority she has glimpsed a man whose wicked desires inspire her own.
Lucien, Marquess of Rochester, has deliberately nurtured a reputation for debauchery that makes every matchmaking mother of the ton quake with fear. His one secret: he is torn between soul-ripping lust for Horatia, and the loyalty he owes her brother.
That loyalty is put to the test when an old enemy of the League threatens Horatia’s life. With Christmas drawing near, he sweeps her away to his country estate, where he can’t resist granting her one wish—to share his bed and his heart.
But sinister forces are lurking, awaiting the perfect moment to exact their revenge by destroying not only whatever happiness Lucien might find in Horatia’s arms, but the lives of those they love.
Warning: This book contains an intelligent lady who is determined to seduce her brother’s friend, a brooding rake whose toy of choice in bed is a little bit of bondage with a piece of red silk, a loyal band of merry rogues and a Christmas love so scorching you’ll need fresh snow to extinguish it.