A British officer’s life is saved when a young woman and her dog risk their lives and rescue him from beneath dead bodies, while trying to escape the New Orleans battlefield before shooting begins.
Welcome to book 1 in the new Rakes of Mayhem series from bestselling author Anna St. Claire!
Colonel Matthew Romney, a favored son with the British military, is gravely wounded during the Battle of New Orleans. With most available British forces dead and his weak pleas for help muffled beneath the dead soldier he lies below, the British report him missing in the aftermath.
Bethany Phillips and her dog visit the Villeré Plantation’s gardens searching for herbs and food and unexpectedly become caught in the crossfire of grapeshot and cannon fire and forced to take cover until the battle ends. When the smoke clears, Bethany follows the sound of a man’s moans and pulls him from beneath a pile of dead soldiers being readied for a mass grave. Bethany saves Matthew’s life but in doing so, threatens her heart and her own life.
Against all odds, sparks fly between Matthew and Bethany. A hired investigator for his father finds Matthew and encourages him to journey home. Matthew and Bethany leave the safety of her home and travel a dangerous path through the wilderness of America and across a ravaged, war-torn ocean to reach his family.
Can their romance survive the dangers and uncertainty that follow them?
The Rakes of Mayhem
The Earl of Excess
The Marquess of Mischief
The Duke of Disorder
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Earl of Excess is a sweeping, romantic journey that I didn’t want to end!
Matthew Romney is a colonel in the British military. Matthew is gravely wounded at the Battle of New Orleans, January 8, 1815. Bethany Phillips and her dog find Matthew under a mass grave. Bethany lived nearby and was collecting herbs as she is a healer. The couple is brought together through destiny, and the sparks fly as the couple faces danger at every turn. Matthew is a dedicated, strong-willed soldier disillusioned by battle. He demonstrates his iron will through the adversity of his debilitating wounds. Bethany is also solid and intelligent. Both characters are richly written and have power and depth.
The couple is forced into proximity after Bethany rescues Matthew and brings him home. The raw attraction is instantaneous. The depth of the passion between the two is off-the-charts. The sensuality sizzles just with their first kiss. I cheered for Matthew and Bethany’s happily ever after. The couple was endearing and captivated my heart.
The plot was fast-paced, and I couldn’t put the book down. The story was a refreshing change. This is the first book in this era I have read where the hero is a British soldier. Most novels at this time are written from the United States Army’s point of view. This created a unique world populated with unforgettable characters. There were all kinds of action and suspense mixed in with the romance. The writing was crisp and engaging. The novel was lovingly and carefully written. The conclusion was presented in a fresh perspective, using flashbacks; this gave a quality that stood out.
The Earl Of Excess is the first book in The Rakes Of Mayhem series. This book captures the flavor and feel of Louisiana. The romance was heartwarming and left me smiling. The characters were vivid and shone brightly. Great things are in store for this series. I am thrilled I found this exciting book. I recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for a romantic adventure.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Hello fellow romance lovers! Today I am featuring a spotlight of The Earl Of Excess by Anna St. Claire. I absolutely fell in love with Matthew and Bethany! Their adventurous romance entices and excites. The Earl Of Excess is a refreshingly different change of pace. Do not miss this sparkling new romance that will leave you breathless!