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Fortune Favors the Wicked

Book 1, Royal Rewards

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"Theresa Romain writes with a delightfully romantic flair." –USA Today bestselling author Julianne MacLean

Indecently Lucky

As a lieutenant in the Royal Navy, Benedict Frost had the respect of every man on board--and the adoration of the women in every port. When injury ends his naval career, the silver-tongued libertine can hardly stomach the boredom. Not after everything--and everyone--he's experienced. Good thing a new adventure has just fallen into his lap…

When courtesan Charlotte Perry learns the Royal Mint is offering a reward for finding a cache of stolen gold coins, she seizes the chance to build a new life for herself. As the treasure hunt begins, she realizes her tenacity is matched only by Benedict's--and that sometimes adversaries can make the best allies. But when the search for treasure becomes a discovery of pleasure, they'll be forced to decide if they can sacrifice the lives they've always dreamed of for a love they've never known…

Praise for the novels of Theresa Romain

"One of the best books I have ever read, bar none…Romain's exquisite prose and extraordinary storytelling skills take us on a splendid and unforgettable journey." --Fresh Fiction on Season for Desire

Praise for Theresa Romain and her Holiday Pleasures

"Theresa Romain writes witty, gorgeous, and deeply emotional historical romance." --Vanessa Kelly, one of Booklist's "new stars of historical romance"

"Theresa Romain has a talent, a rare ability to blend beautiful writing, great characters, delicious banter and a lovely romance, all in one perfect package." --TBQ's Book Palace

"If you're looking for a sparkling, witty Regency romance that will have you laughing with joy and sighing with satisfaction, look no further than Theresa Romain's Season for Temptation." --The Romance Dish

"A holiday charmer that is rife with lively wit, delightful prose, and an abundance of unforgettable characters." --Library Journal on Season for Surrender

"This third book in Theresa Romain's aptly named Holiday Pleasures series is both playful and profound, and has a subtle, stirring power that will affect you long after you've read the final page." --USA Today's Happy Ever After blog on Season for Scandal

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 08, 2016 – Inspired by a real-life 19th-century lieutenant, Romain (A Gentleman's Game) takes off on a delightful flight of fancy that puts visually impaired Royal Navy Lieutenant Benedict Frost in search of a fortune in stolen gold in the first of her Royal Reward series. Should he find it, the reward will be the basis for the dowry of his sister, Georgette. The hunt brings him to the doorstep of Charlotte Perry, the prodigal daughter of Rev. John Perry, in Derbyshire, England. She's abandoned her position as a London courtesan and returned home in search of the stolen loot, planning to use the reward to start a new life. Charlotte has her own suspicions about the treasure's specific location, and the identity of the thief as well. The duo quickly decide that their combined nine senses make them a stellar team in pursuit of riches and, later, love. Romain exercises her flair for unconventional Regency characters with this intriguing couple.

Customer Reviews

Coming home to find true love

A wicked past does not mean no happily ever after. Charlotte is tired of her life and finds going home may be the answer. Benedict has triumphed over his disability but not his financial situation. This brings him into Charlotte's life. Treasure hunting mixed with a little mystery and pasts catching up make this story a page turner. I highly recommend this book.

A solid start to a series.

Complex and layered does not begin to explain the story here: but in so many ways this complexity added to the enjoyment, with only one or two hiccups. Woven together with a mystery treasure hunt (near literal) the two very disparate characters of Benedict and Charlotte are brought together from very different backgrounds.

Naval Knight, once former Lieutenant in the Navy, Benedict Frost essentially grew up in the Navy, joining at 12, and serving faithfully through a rise up the ranks until an illness left him blind. Now having worked very hard to overcome the disability, he’s finding himself constrained and bored. Charlotte Perry, daughter of a vicar was ruined years ago, ran to London and without extensive funds or options redesigned herself as “Le Perle”, a courtesan to the upper reaches of society. She too, has tired of the life she is living and is ready for a change. Six trunks of newly minted gold sovereigns were stolen from the Royal Mint, and a reward has been offered for their return. What a perfect opportunity to change their lives forever.

Both Benedict and Charlotte are wonderful characters: he’s not self-pitying or morose, she’s not jaded or angry, both just want to do the best for their families and their own futures. While the mystery best serves to bring the two of them together and allow their acquaintance to turn to fondness, showing us how they balance as a couple, interact and even complement one another as they puzzle it out. While it often felt that Charlotte’s decision making was far more modern than the time would allow, those moments kept the story more modern than I am used to from historical romances, although it was no less enjoyable for that.

While I had a few niggles with the choices Charlotte made and the plausibility of them, the story did smoothly transition from the guilt and regrets that were foremost in her mind to the budding relationship with Benedict and the changes that she sees as he slowly regains a sense of purpose and confidence with each new revelation. A solid start to a series.

I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

interesting characters

This story had some interesting characters, both good and evil. There is treasure to be found and secrets to uncover. Benedict being blind gave a whole different feel to the story as we saw it through his eyes. Vibrations, smells, sounds. His frustrations. And we watched Charlotte struggle with her relationships and the ways her life changed as she made choices. There were plenty of interesting relationships. The story moved at a nice pace and the characters were well developed.

There were sexual situations but not too graphic. Language was clean.

I received an advanced reader ebook copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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Fortune Favors the Wicked
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  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Mar 29, 2016
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Royal Rewards
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