I took this book with me on vacation and I found myself wanting to stay in the hotel room to finish scenes rather than put the story on hold. I was even more excited when it broke the string of mehish reads I had experienced at the time. He´s reluctant, but the curious widow grows on him while they travel through France and Italy in search of her fortune. I really enjoyed this and found it quite unexpected. Oh, Marco Black, you beasty thing, you. Marco Black, from Nemesis Unlimited, has taken the job of trying to get her fortune back.
I've been looking forward to Marco's story for a while, and I absolutely loved it. E: Whenever I read something by Archer, I expect an unusual pairing. I would like to read about Lazarus and Harriet. I'm really hoping that Archer continues to write this series as I just can't seem to get enough of it. Bronwyn has steel in her backbone and music in her heart but Marco has no time for romance or does he? Widowed, and surrounded by privilege, any other historical romance would have made her weepy and weak. Bronwyn reluctantly agrees to listen to the enigmatic Marco but what she hears changes her life.
I often alter things as I go in order to accommodate the developing plot and characters. Bronwyn is widowed and left with nothing and really no idea what she'll do next since no family member will take her in. You see bits of Marco in the other books in the series and knowing that he was a spy for England had intrigued me. Society has no place for a woman without means, and with nowhere to turn, Bronwyn is lost…until, from out of nowhere, a handsome gentleman steps in and makes her an offer she can't refuse. Marco Black was not a man to be crossed, nor was he a man with many emotions.
She was unique, and fresh and just delightful. Impressed by Bronwyn's bravery as they sneak onto trains, run from assassins, and break into houses, Marco discovers that she is more than just another clueless aristocrat, drawing him into a much closer relationship than he expects or is ready for. Those encounters provided both faith and some levity because they could see the growing relationship with each original agent and their temporary partner. Since Bronwyn and Marco witnessed the murder, they are now on the run from Les Grillons. He's a transient, he flits in and out of beds and lives. But Marco's sixth sense tells him that there's more to Bronwyn than meets the eye…and he wants to help the brazen beauty retrieve her lost fortune.
Just wasn't grabbed and I had too many other things I could have been reading. An intelligent heroine paired with a hero filled with depths, fabulous! Marco searches out a former associate of his for help. Marco and Bronwyn must outmaneuver and outwit deadly French criminals, and the danger adds some adrenaline-filled scenes to the story. After all, there are hundreds of people who could benefit from his help. Newly widowed, Bronwyn Parrish's fortune has been spent settling her late husband's debts—thanks to an unscrupulous business manager—and now there's nothing left. She learns to stand up for herself, to see the world in a very different way and to face danger without backing down. Historical romance, action, suspense and smutty fluff in a great combo.
Yes, hot sex scenes in a historical! Bronwyn is nothing like Marco e My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin: Nemesis, Unlimited is back with Wicked Temptation! For some reason I loved Marco and Bronwyn together so very much. Marco doesn't want to want a socialite but Bronwyn's tenacity and perseverance is just one of the many attributes that draw Marco in. But when he realizes if he doesn't help her, she'll be in the poorhouse well as close to that as possible for a woman of her station he agrees to help. Soon, Marco and Bronwyn will find themselves facing a danger that could cost them their lives—and a passion that is priceless. No, it's not the mysterious, sexy spy hero or the excitin Zoe Archer is seriously my favorite comfort read.
Zoe Archer has such a beautiful way with words and I always find so much to enjoy while reading her writing. Every time I have a favorite character and think it's impossible to like another book any more than the last, I'm thankfully proven wrong. For my full review on my historical romance and history blog: I somehow missed book two of the Nemesis series, so I have no idea how Simon and Alyce, a surprising and lovable couple who make a few appearances here, got together. His mission will lead him all the way to Les Grillons, France's most ruthless crime syndicate. Watching it slowly dissolve as he and Bronwyn trekked through England and various parts of Europe moving from one situation to another was a lot of fun.
This book also has a member of the English upper class in it, but as the heroine. I like almost all of Zoe Archer's characters and this one is no exception. I felt Bronwyn really gave in to their mutual attraction way to easily. Bronwyn is recently widowed but can't quite understand just what's happened to the money she and her late husband had. The romance is mixed in nicely with a dose of adventure and travel as they track down a dangerous gang. Marco isn´t keen on helping a titled lady, but he´s downvoted when Nemesis decides to help her.