Review: A Kiss of Lies (The Disgraced Lords #1) by Bronwen Evans

From Goodreads: Desperate to escape her abusive past, Sarah Cooper disguises herself as a governess in the employ of Christian Trent, Earl of Markham, the man who, long ago, she fantasized about marrying. Despite the battle scars that mar his face, Sarah finds being near Christian rekindles her infatuation. A governess, however, has no business in the arms of an earl, and as she accompanies Christian on his voyage home, Sarah must resist her intense desires—or risk revealing her dangerous secrets.

One of the renowned Libertine Scholars, Christian Trent once enjoyed the company of any woman he chose. But that was before the horrors of Waterloo, his wrongful conviction of a hideous crime, and his forcible removal from England. Far from home and the resources he once had, Christian believes the life he knew—and any chance of happiness—is over . . . until his ward’s governess sparks his heart back to life, and makes him remember the man he used to be. Now Christian is determined to return to England, regain his honor, and win the heart of the woman he has come to love.                       


 My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

A Kiss of Lies was different in many ways than the books of this genre I usually read. To start with, the main male character Christian is scarred. Not just emotionally, but physically as well. It was refreshing to read about a character that was not perfect, and yet despite his flaws he was able to find someone who took his mind off of them. Secondly, this novel also had mystery and suspense that is not typical to the other books I've read. The plot flows smoothly (for the most part), and things happen that I would not have expected from my experience with other novels in this genre. I think that my favorite part about this (as frustrating as I will admit that it was) is that this story carries over into her other novels. One of the main conflicts is not resolved in this novel, in fact, the characters only begin to scratch the surface of what has happened and what it means for them. 

I am definitely intrigued enough to continue with this series. 

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