The nineteenth book I finished in 2014 was All Night with a Rogue by Alexandra Hawkins. I finished this book on 3/25/14. It is the first book in the Lords of Vice series by this author, as well as the first book I’ve read by this author. I rated this book 3.25 stars out of a scale of 5. This book is about Lady Julianna Ivers and her encounter with the seductive Alexius Braverton, Marquess of Sinclair. Sinclair (aptly nick-named “Sin”) has a reputation for debauchery and has seemingly set his sights on Julianna. Little does she know that 1) the main reason he is doing this is because his sister asked him to ruin her and 2) he apparently does not take no for an answer.
This was one of those novels where the seductive hero convinces the heroine that a romp in the sheets is apparently worth losing her once precious reputation. And even after repeated attempts at saying no, with the right man “no” really means “yes” and he just seduces her anyway. How awful of a precedent to set. And then to make matters worse, Julianna gets trapped by not one but two absolute horrible men who (on separate occasions) hit her and tie her up and basically plan to have sex with her against her will. Honestly this story was at times quite awful in its depiction of the human nature. Plus Alexius and his sister both have what i would call slightly (in his sister’s case slightly is an understatement) sociopathic tendencies. And don’t even get me started on Julianna’s mother who basically sold her daughter to a man to pay for her own gambling debts.
With that said, it was hard to put this book down as depraved as the story line was it was also quite fascinating. While I would warn off any sensitive souls, I think I will continue in the series to see how it develops.
Link to author website: http://www.alexandrahawkins.com/