My Seductive Innocent
#2, A Once Upon a Rogue Novel
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My Seductive Innocent, A Once Upon A Rogue Novel, Book 2
Miss Sophia Vane, a hoyden of the first order, makes an unlikely match when she weds Nathaniel Ellison, the rich and wary Duke of Scarsdale. What starts with an unexpected friendship soon blooms into a fiery passion. But a betrayal plunges Sophia into the thorny world of London Society and entangles her in a labyrinth of manipulation and jealousy that will test the strength of her marriage. Behind her husband’s sudden icy facade, Sophia believes dwells the caring, passionate man she loves. To break through the barriers and reclaim their happiness, they must do more than simply cast away their pride. They must fight for their very lives.
Length 357 pages
True love can move the biggest of mountains
Nathaniel Ellison, the Duke of Scarsdale, has vowed that he is not the man those closest to him believe him to be, one with a good heart and the capacity to love deeply. He scoffs at the notion that anything about him is good because he'd done some pretty unforgivable things in his past. He has worked to get back into the good graces of his closest friends as those are the only opinions of the Ton that he values but while he knows he must marry and have a child to carry one his line, love will not be in the equation. He doesn't believe in it, saw how it broke down not only his father but himself time and again in the face of his mother's cruelty.
Sophia Vane is young, idealistic and dreaming of a better life for herself and her young half-brother. She refuses to accept that all she's ever going be is a tavern "wench" working for her drunken and scheming father for the rest of her days. When the Duke of Scarsdale comes to her aid, she returns the favor by saving his life. Circumstances force their hand and they marry.
Sophia is certainly not Scarsdale's first choice of wife but he finds her fascinating and a breath of fresh air. She is not like any of the ladies he's known before and comes to like her immensely. Scardale becomes her and her brother's salvation but Sophia sees beneath his hardened heart and determines she will break through all his walls for he deserves to be loved. But Fate has so much more in store for them and their road becomes treacherous for someone plots to keep them from their happily ever after.
Ms. Johnstone is one of my favorite authors for she never fails to deliver a great story with compelling plots and diverse characters. You get emotionally invested in each of them and you never want the story to end and this is no exception. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review. I cannot wait for the next book in this great series :)
Wonderful Story! He is a duke with a battered soul; she is a tavern girl with a heart of gold. Together they embark on a journey of romance, mystery, suspense, betrayal, and passion. The reader will feel the despair, the heartbreak, the passion and the joy of Nathan and Sophia in this powerful love story. Full of intrigue and treachery, it will have you biting your nails wanting to know what will happen next. Once again, here's another Julie Johnstone book you wouldn't want to miss.
A book you won't want to put down
Nathan and Sophia never had the love of the people who mattered the most to them, their parents. Sophia embarks on a journey for a better life and love. Nathan embarks on redemption of his past sins. In this journey Sophia who works in her fathers tavern, is compromise by Nathan the Duke of Scarsdale. At first Nathan refuses to marry her, but he sees hoe her father and the town treats her and decides to marry her to save her and her brother Harry who, he recognizes as himself at that age. After marriage Nathan is kidnapped and presumed dead by an enemy from his past. He is gone for 14months changed on a slave ship as an oarsman, who survives with memories is Sophia and volunteering to fight for the Captain. During one of these fights the ship,is attacked and he is saved and returns to the living. Sophia mourns Nathan for 14 months and, until she learns that he cheated the day before they married with his Mistress . She decides to take a lover and Nathan returns and catches her I. The act. He's hurt again by someone he loves. Between the lies and pride can they have a future together?
Julie does an excellent job of making you feel every emotion that the characters are feeling. This is a great read and will have you loving her work.