Review – The Lord’s Inconvenient Vow by Lara Temple

About the Book:

“I have a favor to ask…

I want you to marry me.”

Part of The Sinful Sinclairs. Samantha Sinclair was always Lord Edgerton’s complete opposite. But when Edge encounters Sam again in Egypt, it’s clear the years have changed her as much as him. So after she blurts out an impulsive, convenient proposal, Edge’s protective urge compels him to accept. Is it possible for two such different people to be together and find the happiness they both deserve?

NOTE:  Though part of a series, this book may be read as a standalone.

Click on title below for direct Amazon buy link:                                                                         The Lord’s Inconvenient Vow (The Sinful Sinclairs Book 3)

My Review:

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

There are many parallels in the lives of Samantha “Sam” Sinclair and Lord Edward “Edge” Edgerton.  They are both English by birth, have fractured family lives, and have been raised mostly in Egypt.  Edge was sent away from his home at the age of six to live with Uncle Poppy and Aunt Janet, who loved him dearly.  He became good friends with the Sinclair brothers, Lucas and Chase, who were also living in Egypt with their mother and younger sister, Samantha.  Sam has always been passionate, daring, and somewhat outrageous as she trails after the young men.  Edge has always urged her to be cautious and more circumspect.

The years pass, and Sam is now eighteen, seeing Edge for the first time in a couple years, as he had returned to England.   There is a new awareness between them, a spark of attraction.  Before anything can come of that spark, Edge announces that he’s engaged and will be returning to England to marry.  Ever impulsive, Sam steals a kiss, but manages to hide her pain and wish Edge well in his future.  Though Edge feels uncertain, he goes ahead with his marriage.

Sam, determined to find her own happiness and to create a home and family, enters society.  She marries Ricki, almost immediately realizing that she has made a huge mistake.  The eerie similarities in Sam’s and Edge’s lives continue, as both suffer the loss of a child / step-child, and lose their spouse after perceiving that they married the wrong person.

The death of Edge’s son, Jacob, affected him greatly.  His older brother, Rafe, helped him immensely through this dark period, and the brothers grew close again after being separated for years.  When Rafe disappears, and a cryptic message declares him dead, Edge knows it can’t be true.  He begins a globe trotting search, and the path takes him back to Egypt, where he encounters Sam, who has also returned there.  Knowing that they are truly ships passing in the night, Sam impulsively proposes marriage to Edge, and to her surprise, he unhesitatingly accepts.

That physical bond still exists between Sam and Edge, though they had been apart for eight years.  They share a passionate and fulfilling wedding night, but the next day reality sets in.  They are to return to England to continue Edge’s search, but the ship they are to sail on is truly unfit for passengers.  Edge wants Sam to remain and book passage on a suitable ship, but she knows she may not see Edge for years if they part.  This is just the first of the many conflicts and hurdles they will face in the upcoming months.

Edge is a closed off, secretive man, one who is still carrying the scars of being sent away by his family, and the wounds from his disastrous marriage and his lost son.  Though he is a generous and passionate man, he can’t help but to keep a very large part of himself behind walls.  Unlike Edge, Sam is a woman who literally howls at the moon.  She wants to know everything about him, and share every part of his life.  Though they manage to overcome much of their conflict, there is one huge secret Edge still keeps, and it’s one that affects Sam personally.  When she finds this out from another source, her trust in Edge may be lost forever.

THE LORD’S INCONVENIENT VOW is truly intense and fraught with conflict and uncertainty.  Both Sam and Edge are so fully depicted, that I felt I knew both of them down to their innermost thoughts.  I loved both characters, and wanted them to find middle ground, because I didn’t want either of them to change their basic self.  In addition to the ongoing battle to save the fledgling marriage, and to watch this couple come to realize their genuine love for the other, there is plenty happening with the search for Rafe, and finally having Edge discover the mystery of why he was sent from his home.  I read THE LORD’S INCONVENIENT VOW in one sitting, and highly recommend it for readers who enjoy another layer of depth to go along with the passionate romance.    ~Rose

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