Thursday, February 9, 2017

ARC Review of The Scoundrel's Honor by Christi Caldwell

The second book in the Sinful Brides Series is definitely a keeper.   Ryker and Penny are two completely opposites that wind up together in a incredible story of danger, redemption, forgiveness and most of all Love.

Ryker grew up on the streets in St. GIles and has no use for anyone or anything that will take him away from his gaming hell and his adopted brothers.  He is ruthless and believes this is the only way to live.  Don't let anyone into his world that will jeopardize his club.  He especially has no use for the nobility, having been born the bastard son of a Duke, and then sold to a ruthless criminal hours after he was born.  Unfortunately his younger sister is married to a nobleman and she has talked him into attending a ball at her home.  Scandal erupts when he drags a young lady out from under a bench in the garden where he escaped from the Ballroom.  He is discovered by the young ladies brother while he is holding her down and looking for a weapon.  Ryker thinks that she is in league with his competition and enemy.

Penny Tidemore is determined to prove to her family that she will be the exception to the numerous scandals that have plagued her family over the years.  Penny is a dreamer who only sees the good in people and she will have her happily ever after with her Prince Charming.  As to mock her and her efforts to find love she winds up a participant in a major scandal with a gambling hell owner.  They are forced to marry to save her reputation and his club.  

From the start Ryker has avoided her and shuts her out of his life.  She cannot compete with the most important thing in his life, his club.  Ryker does not know how to treat a wife, especially a noble one.  He restricts her their room,  never to enter the gaming floor and bother him while he is working.  Penny has no 
intention of being locked away from the world.  She will push and test Ryker's patience to see that she is not going to blindly follow his dictates.  Penny is convinced that she can bring Ryker out of the darkness that has been his life, and into the light of day with love and determination.

Christi writes a beautiful, heart wrenching story that will make you smile as Penny pushes all of husband's buttons.  Her writing is poignant, strong and you can actually feel the emotions that Ryker and Penny feel while reading.  You can read the strength that she instills in Ryker and Penny.  Christi's books are a pure joy to read.  Christi is an amazing writer and she should be at the top of your must read list!

Received a complimentary copy for an honest review.

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