A “Valentine” By Any Other Name – Sara Bennet’s “A Most Sinful Proposal”

A most wicked education…

Marissa Rotherhild has always behaved exactly as a proper lady should, and it has done absolutely nothing for her. So now she has made a most sinful proposal. She wants to live only for pleasure, and she wants Lord Valentine Kent to instruct her in the ways of love and lust. Caring not for scandal or the whispers of society, she craves his every wanton touch.

It is every rake’s fantasy.

A Most Sinful Proposal by Sara Bennet
Avon, April 13, 2010
ISBN-10: 0061339172
ISBN-13: 978-0061339172
(part of The Husband Hunters Club series)

Book Description
Lord Valentine Kent has never before been so tempted. Though he is every bit the gentleman, from the moment Marissa arrives at his country estate he can think of nothing but her wild, dark curls and luscious curves. But submitting to passion must wait until he completes the search for an ancestral treasure.

It is a most honorable endeavor.

But Kent and Marissa will soon discover that even the best of intentions is no match for a desire as desperate as theirs . . .

I shall begin by saying that I’m a Sara Bennett fan, but this book was not one of my favorites of hers. The story lacks anything to make it stand out from the many other Regency romances on the market. That being said, this novel is not a total waste of the reader’s time. Despite Valentine’s “unlordly” behavior, Bennett develops a believable character. He is an eccentric, but where Bennett truly shines is Valentine’s growing desire for Marissa. Add in Marissa’s bohemian grandmother, and the reader meets a series of characters not often found in historical romances. Perhaps, it’s the fact that they are all gathered in one book is what hurts this piece. Everyone likes a quirky character, but “A Most Sinful Proposal” houses a plethora of them. For Valentine’s Day, however, it could be an easy read. It is quite lusty in parts for those who prefer their novels in a milder strain.

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