Rose Lerner's SWEET DISORDER is the best historical romance I've read this year. In fact, it's the best historical romance I've read in a long while. From the fresh plot, to the jump-off-page complex characters, to Lerner's skillful handling of tension, emotion, motivation and everything in between, this novel is one to savor.
Not only were the hero and heroine, Nick Dymond and Phoebe Sparks, likeable, they were real, with flaws and wounds, hopes and fears, and uniquely endearing qualities that made them two individuals who deserve each other and their own brand of happy ending more than most.
The unique plot engine of British electoral politics intrigued me, so much so that I finished the novel eager to pick up a history book on the topic and learn some more. But while politics drove the story, it didn't steal the show. Lerner's writing did that. She draws characters and explores every corner of their lives with style and skill and there's a freshness to her voice that makes her historical romances feel new, not weighed down by the same phrases and situations I've read many times before.
I recommend SWEET DISORDER with complete enthusiasm and look forward to each and every Rose Lerner novel to come.
Political intrigue could leave his heart the last one standing…alone.
Nick Dymond enjoyed the rough-and-tumble military life until a bullet to the leg sent him home to his emotionally distant, politically obsessed family. For months, he’s lived alone with his depression, blockaded in his lodgings.
But with his younger brother desperate to win the local election, Nick has a new set of marching orders: dust off the legendary family charm and maneuver the beautiful Phoebe Sparks into a politically advantageous marriage.
One marriage was enough for Phoebe. Under her town’s by-laws, though, she owns a vote that only a husband can cast. Much as she would love to simply ignore the unappetizing matrimonial candidate pushed at her by the handsome earl’s son, she can’t. Her teenage sister is pregnant, and Phoebe’s last-ditch defense against her sister’s ruin is her vote—and her hand.
Nick and Phoebe soon realize the only match their hearts will accept is the one society will not allow. But as election intrigue turns dark, they’ll have to cast the cruelest vote of all: loyalty…or love.
Warning: Contains elections, confections, and a number of erections.