Release Date: Dec 29, 2020
Series: Bow Street Bachelors
Heat Level: Hot
Imprint: St. Martin’s Press
My first Bateman historical wasn’t a disappointment and I love a Princess story.
This will probably be my last read for 2020, and I’m happy to say I enjoyed it. Reading hasn’t been too much fun for me the last month or so. I’ve often opened my Kindle app and then immediately closed it because I didn’t really want to read. Love stories weren’t hitting the note and anything else seemed depressing. That said, Bateman’s latest book took me out of the funk.
This is the third novel in Bateman’s Bow Street Bachelors series and for those who’ve read the others I can imagine that Sebastien’s story has been one everyone waited on. I typically don’t like to jump into the middle of the series, but as I mentioned above the story worked. This is a perfect standalone, so even if you haven’t read the others it’s easy to get involved in this story.
We have our princess, Anastasia Denisova, who is attempting to evade an evil man who had her brother killed and wants to force her into marriage so she can’t give testimony against him in court. Anya, as she’s called in disguise, has escaped this evil man by hiding in England and working as a lady’s companion. Of course, all good things come to an end and her days of hiding are numbered as her brother’s murderer is hot on her trail. Then she meets a man who can protect her… only trouble is he’s devilishly attractive.
Sebastien Wolff, earl and expert marksman, has spent his post war life running a popular gaming hell and working for Bow Street. He’s not a believer in true love or anything long-lasting, until he kisses a mysterious woman in a brothel. Said woman, Anya, turns him down and by chance the two meet again. Except this time Anya needs his protection, and he gives it only for a chance at figuring out the truth about her.
These two tangling up together is fabulous. Anya turning Sebastien down sparks a lovely push and pull between them. The attractive is off the charts and Bateman writes this so well, from Sebastien’s will to fight against desire and his undeniable interest to Anya’s fierce determination to learn how to defend and protect herself while falling for the strength and charismatic presence Sebastien displays.
There are plenty of references and visits from previous books main characters, momentary danger that doesn’t let up, and plenty of ramping sexual tension. Nothing says romance like foreplay, am I right?
A couple of other things to think about. This is a Napoleonic Historical romance, which I’m not a fan of, but the time period enhances the story line and makes the set up believable, though it’s not over the top in period details. There’s a bit of a miscue and missed chance to build suspense with the villain as this dastardly jerk keeps finding our heroine, but we never discover how he found her so easily, especially since no one really knew her in the city. But magically, this guy is everywhere she is or immediately ferreting her out to send kidnappers after her.
Overall, it’s a nice escape romance. Something to get wrapped up in momentarily as the Sebastien the earl wars with Anastasia the princess. I’m finding I like royal stories a bit more than I have in the past. They bring a little added flair. If you like tall, dark, handsome and deadly heroes and heroines with spunk, this one’s for you.