Friday, October 28, 2016

Sportochick's Musings *REVIEW* Tour Wicked Rivals by Lauren Smith

A cunning Scottish lady bests an English baron of legendary control in a game of business and seduction…

Lauren Smith is back with the latest in her sexy #historicalromance series, League of Rogues, with WICKED RIVALS!

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Merciless and powerful, Ashton Lennox is a wealthy man because he puts business before everything else, especially love. As a member of the infamous League of Rogues, he’s no stranger to scandal. His bedroom conquests are as legendary as his fortune. As he searches for a way to bring down an old enemy bent on destroying the lives of his friends, the last thing he needs is a Scottish widow getting in his way.


The daughter of a Scottish lord with a dark and treacherous past, Rosalind Melbourne has spent years distancing from her past. After escaping her tyrannical father and marrying an aging English lord, she has become a powerful widow with a business empire at her command. Her business dealings are everything to her, leaving her no time for love. Especially not with her business rival Ashton, a man with a scandalous reputation as striking as his blue eyes.


Ashton is fascinated by the strong-willed, intelligent and sensual lady who, up until now, had outsmarted him at every turn. Rosalind wishes she could deny she is falling for the brooding, handsome baron. How can she possibly trust him when doing so could cost her what she values most—her freedom? When Ashton discovers Rosalind might hold the key to saving the League of Rogues, he knows he will do anything to woo his wicked lass. As their pasts return to haunt them and dark forces rise to keep them from exposing a deadly spymaster, their game of love turns to a game of survival…

Warning: This book includes a brooding baron who’s wild in bed, a crafty Scottish lass who never knows when to quit, a wicked game of strip chess, and a merry band of rogues whose first instinct is to run they hear wedding bells ring.


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I do love an adversarial storyline and the author does an outstanding job between Ashton Lennox and Rosalind Melbourne competing shipping business owners. Her thorough descriptions throughout the book paint a vivid picture for the reader to enjoy.

Both characters are complex and throughout the book the author continually opens more of their past to expose how they became the person they are in the present time. The cat and mouse game between them will keep the reader engrossed till the very end.

This story is full of secondary characters that are just as interesting as the primary characters and I know the reader will want to go back and read previous books to the series like me. I do look forward to the next book in the series and in this book the author gives a hint of who will be in the next book. Since she gives two broad openings I hope my first choice is in the next book in the series. After you read this book let me know who you think the characters will be. I'd love to see if you selected the same ones as me.

I give this book 4 STARS for keeping me engrossed in the story till the end.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

About Lauren Smith:

Amazon Best-Selling Author Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. 

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