Saturday, April 21, 2012

Historical eARC Review: The Saint Who Stole My Heart by Stefanie Sloane

Series: Regency Rogues #4
Format: eBook via Netgalley
Genre: Historical
Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 24,2012)

Dashiell Matthews, Viscount Carrington, remembers little of Miss Elena Barnes beyond her slight build, mousy character, and bookish ways. Her unavoidable presence at Carrington House would be inconvenient, true, but a woman could hardly prove enough of a distraction to interfere with what was the most important case of Dash’s life—ferreting out the monster who’d murdered a dear friend’s mother many year before.

Dash would, of course, live to regret such an assumption.

As for Elena, a trip to London to retrieve a priceless book is troublesome, though not nearly as much as the feelings the viscount inspires in her. His touch elicits feelings from Elena that she’d only ever read about. Her skin tingles. Lord Hardwicke is as handsome as she remembered—actually, more so as he’d grown into his frame in a rather attractive manner—and as dim as a ha’penny tallow. Or is he? The more time Elena spends with the man, the greater her suspicions grow regarding his intellect and just what he might be up to as they’re thrown together in the search for an individual known only as the Rook.

Can true love save the day? Find out in the exciting and enthralling fourth installment of the Regency Rogues.
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As just a child, Dash discovered Lady Ashton’s body, a woman he considered to be like a mother to him. Now years later Dash Matthews, Viscount Carrington, is easily considered by ton to be the most beautiful man but he is a bit lacking in the brains department. Well, that’s what he wants everyone to think but in reality he is member of the Young Corinthians, a secret spy society and extremely smart. He hides his intelligence as a way to keep people away from his dangerous life especially as he takes on the task of finding Lady Ashton’s killer. That is until the bookish and voluptuous Elena Barnes shows up to collect his father’s books and he realizes what he’s missing.

Elena is all about collecting the books and heading back to Dorset. When she meets Dash she can’t help but be drawn to the blonde Adonis even in spite of his lack of intelligence. But as she gets to know him she starts to discover that Dash isn’t as dumb as he makes himself to be. When she stumbles upon a clue to the murder she can’t help but getting involved despite Dash’s attempts to protect her.

Elena touched her lips with one hand, gently caressing where Dash’s lips had been but a moment before.
And then she slapped him hard across the cheek. “I will choose when I give myself completely, do you understand?”
“Of course,” Dash whispered, guilt and regret beginning to flood his senses.
“And I choose now.” Elena grabbed his lapels and pulled him against her, crushing her lips to his.
This was my first Stefanie Sloane book (yes, yes I know! I’ve been living under a rock) but will most definitely not be my last. Now, this is the fourth book in the Regency Rogues series but it is a great starting point if you haven’t read the others because it focuses on a new set of Young Corinthians.

Dash is definitely on the top of my favorite hero list. I love that he wasn’t a rake and that he’s smart. Intelligence is sexy and plus he is very loyal to his friends and to Elena. I love Elena too. Usually the heroines annoy me but I liked her from the start. She knew who she was and wasn’t afraid to show it.

While there is a big mystery of trying to find Lady Ashton’s murderer, The Saint Who Stole My Heart focus is more on the romance between Dash and Elena. Yes, you get a bit of the mystery but it was nice to see the how the romance between them developed. And of course, the murderer hasn’t been caught but they are one step closer.

If you’re looking for a sweet romance with a bit of mystery then pick up The Saint Who Stole My Heart. I will say I am VERY eager for the next book The Scoundrel Takes A Bride because I love Sophie and well, Nicholas intrigues me. I do love the bad boys.

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