Review: To Love a Libertine by Liana LeFey

Print Length: 283 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC (May 30, 2016)

From London, 1727 

When Miss Eden Lowther catches the eye of Lord Percival Falloure, Marquess of Tavistoke, she’s delighted, for his wicked lordship is anything but boring. The canny coquette who declined five suitors the season prior sets out to capture the infamous “Terror of the Ton” for keeps, but the man she finds behind the façade isn’t at all what she expects.

Having suffered heartbreak and humiliation two years ago, Lord Tavistoke is wary of love. But once on the market, always on the market until wed or dead. Desperate to throw London’s single ladies off the scent, Percy looks to reestablish his rotten reputation with a rousing scandal. His mark: Miss Eden Lowther, a tearing beauty reported to have left devastation in her wake last Season. If anyone has asked for ruination, it is the heartless “Hellion of Holker Hall”…

Eden and Percy soon find themselves falling dangerously in love, despite their fears and her family’s objections. But will love alone save them when a ruthless rival forces her hand?


My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

I would say that the first half (at least) of this story moves at a slow pace. And while you get to know the characters, I felt as though there was a spark missing that would have made for a better first half. Perhaps it was the main characters - while it is undeniable that they had chemistry between them - there didn't seem to be many qualities to make them endearing to the reader. Especially when given the fact that Percy has fathered numerous illegitimate children across England - I have a hard time liking him as a hero, much less seeing Eden being ok with that. 

Once the story picked up on the mystery side of it (in regards to a missing child) - I felt the story really took off. It was at that point that I was reading to find out what happened next, instead of just reading to finish the book. Although - I have to warn you this side of the book deals with some pretty dark and disturbing topics. 

All things considered, I do believe this book will appeal to certain readers. And I would give this author another chance as her writing style was good, even if I found fault with some of the aspects of this particular story. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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