Lord of Wicked Intentions (The Lost Lords of Pembrook #3) by Lorraine Heath
Summary: Only one woman can break through his heart of stone...
Three young heirs, imprisoned by an unscrupulous uncle, escaped—to the sea, to the streets, to faraway battle—awaiting the day when they would return to reclaim their birthright...
Lord Rafe Easton may be of noble blood, but survival taught him to rely only on himself and to love no one. Yet when he sets his eyes on Miss Evelyn Chambers, and earl's illegitimate daughter, he is determined to have her, if only as his mistress.
After her father's death, Evelyn Chambers never imagined she would be sold to the highest bidder, yet circumstances give her little choice except to accept the lord's indecent proposal. Rafe is wealthy, as well as ruthless. Yet his coldness belies deep passion and deeper secrets. If she must be his, Evelyn intends to lay bare everything the Lord of Pembrook is hiding. But dark discoveries threaten to destroy them both until unexpected love guides the last lost lord home.
Review: A supposed romance between an illegitimate daughter and a jerky lord with no heart.
I had read the summary of the book and should have known that I might not have liked it too much. But I needed some romance books for a book challenge and the cover wasn't too cheesy. I read a few book reviews and started to dread the book a little. It especially didn't sound like something I would enjoy. I probably should have decided not to read it, but romances are easy enough reads. I didn't like this story very much at all although I will admit to be interested in reading the stories of the other brothers since they don't seem like complete jerks.
Suffering through a tough and abusive childhood does not give you leave to act like an asshole. I know the author tried to excuse his behavior and oddities by providing him with a tough past. I personally know that certain behaviors, tendencies, and thoughts will come about from an abusive childhood, but it still doesn't excuse people acting like assholes. I don't understand how Evelyn comes to love him nor how she manages to break through the barriers around Rafe's heart.
Recommendation: I personally wouldn't recommend this book to anyone unless they happen to enjoy romances with very wounded heroes.