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Lord Darkness (Beastly Lords # 4) by Sydney Jane Baily. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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A marquess on the verge of greatness is devastated by tragedy... and only she can restore the man he used to be. 

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Lord Christopher Westing, heir to a dukedom, is a magnificent marquess at the pinnacle of London society, darling of the ton. He is a veritable god to the women who pursue him, and furthermore, his future holds a prominent place in Parliament. Life grows even grander when he realizes the only woman for him has been right there all along. 
But his world is upended in a single devastating moment. When he is on the cusp of a once once-in-a-lifetime love, his world comes crashing down. When an unimaginable accident causes Christopher to plunge into a terrifying world of darkness, both his sunny disposition and his will to live disappear as swiftly as the light in his eyes. 
The esteemed but reticent Lady Jane Chatley has admired the marquess for years, though he’s never shown her a twinge of romantic interest. But in one extraordinary night, everything changes. A kiss like nothing she—or he—has ever imagined makes her irrevocably his. But with the marquess pushing everyone away, can the ever-capable Jane keep him from slipping into bleak hopelessness? Can she make him believe in what he can no longer see—before it is too late for both of them? 

The Beastly Lords Series 
Book 1 - Lord Despair 
Book 2 - Lord Anguish 
Book 3 - Lord Vile 
Book 4 - Lord Darkness 
Book 5 - Lord Misery (Coming Soon) 
Book 6 - Lord Wrath (Coming Soon) 


Lord Christopher Westing is a lucky man.  Surrounded by his loving if sometimes crazy,  family and good friends.  He enjoys his time in Parliament with his father,  learning how to be a productive member of the house of Lords.  Then an "improvement" to the town house turns everything to darkness. 
Lady Jane Chatley spends her time helping as many people and charities as she can.  She hopes that by the end of this season she can happily declare herself on the shelf and enjoy life as a spinster.  The only man she wants has just never noticed her. 
This story certainly puts all our emotions to the test.  There are times I wanted to smack our hero and others I just wanted to comfort him.  Much like our heroine.  She is a very strong and capable young woman who loves her mother,  even when she us pushing her to get married.  Her father unfortunately is not a respectable man.  Flaunting his excesses when he is in the country. 
I liked that there is no miracle quick fix.  It made for a much more interesting story. 
I loved it. 


Sydney Jane Baily completed her first novel at the tender age of 17. Thankfully, that manuscript currently resides in an undisclosed secure location. She went on to get B.A. degrees in English literature and in history, and an M.A. in literature with a concentration in Romanticism. During her career while continuing to write stories, she has been a copy editor, cat snuggler, proof reader, production editor, mother of two, website developer, indexer, and dog walker, among other things literary and not. 

While writing historical romance, she firmly believes in crafting happily-ever-after stories for an already challenging world. Born and raised in California, she currently resides in New England with her family—human, feline, and canine.

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