Forbidden (Company of Rogues #4)
Finally freed from a cruel, depraved husband, Serena Riverton wants nothing more to do with men or marriage. Then, without friend or fortune, in a moment of recklessness, Serena seduces a handsome lord. Lord Middlethorpe's life is planned and orderly, including marriage to the rich and suitable Lady Anne Peckworth. But now he is haunted...more
So when her greedy, heartless brothers inform her that they're offering her in wedlock (or maybe out of wedlock; since she's barren, they might get higher offers from men who want a mistress than those who need an heir) to the highest bidder, she has no choice. She runs, taking only the few coins she can steal without detection and the clothing on her back.
Francis, Lord Mi ...more
Which isn't really true, I suppose. The twists are interesting and Serena and Francis are engaging people for the most part. I mean, having the guy be a virgin and the girl have all the leet skillz was an interesting way to go for the genre/era. Even more so in that ...more
Francis is a fantastic hero. He's sweet and loving. He's also a unique hero of this genre because, we find out early on, he's a virgin at the start. On the otherhand, the heroine, Serena, is far from innocent. She's been in a very unhappy marriage since she was 15 to a man that used her. Usually in this genre, its the hero with experience and the heroine that's an innnocent. The twist here, discover at the start of the book, is really interesting.
Serena i ...more
Serena Riverton came from a cruel and bullish father and a brawly bunch of brothers, no better.
Her father married her to an old, lecherous man for money ... and after his demise, her brothers plan more of the same. Especially after wasting every penny of her inheritance. When she learns they are actually auctioning her off for another marriage to the highest bidder ... she runs for her life.
And, sweetly, finally finds her life and ...more
Forbidden follows the romance of Serena, the former Lady Riverton (she's widowed) and Francis, Lord Middlethorpe. Their relationship is filled with similar misunders ...more
First published: 1994
Length: 5095 locations
Setting: England. Regency.
Sex: Reasonably frequent. Often unsatisfactory. References to Serena being (effectively) a sex slave to late husband.
Cheating: Francis is almost betrothed when he meets Serena.
Hero: (view spoiler)[virgin (hide spoiler)].
Heroine: Widow. She was married at 15 (sold by her father) and is now 23. She believes herself barren.
Trigger: Rape. Serena is kept as a sex slave by her late husband and forced to witness and ...more
She(view spoiler)[ has sex with the H when he was asleep in hopes of becoming his mistres ...more
La historia no tiene tramas muy rebuscadas, y como normalmente en libros de esta autora, uno de los protagonistas ha tenido algún problema o trauma pasado, en este caso le toca tenerlo a Serena, la protagonista, que sufrió maltratos por parte de su marido hasta que este murió y ahora sus he ...more
Francis was featured in the first 3 books and he was portrayed as the sweetest and gentlest of all of the rogues. So, I was looking forward to reading his story to see how he was going to become the hero of some desperate damsel in distress. In this book, they kept talking about how sweet and gentle he was, but -- all I saw was ...more