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Henry's Bride (London Libertines #1) by Emily Royal. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Jeanette Claybone, newcomer to society thanks to her father’s recent baronetcy, struggles to navigate the waters of the ton during her first season. When an evening walk with the wrong hungry suitor ruins her reputation, she calls a duel for her honor but is left injured. Disowned by all, she finds an unlikely savior in renowned rake Henry Drayton. 

Believing her reputation ruined, and determined to enjoy the sin she’s already been punished for, Jeanette succumbs to Henry’s passion. Upon discovering Jeanette told the truth about her virtue, Henry asks for her hand. 

The hasty marriage pleases neither of them. Jeanette wanted to marry for love, not convenience. A committed bachelor, Henry, believes he’s been duped. At night, their shared passion is addictive but by day, Henry seems to want nothing to do with his new wife. However, behind his cold demeanor lies a secret burden. He is one of few men who have noticed the rise in disappearances of London’s prostitutes. 

Soon, Henry’s investigation into a profitable slave ring draws him and his associates into danger. When Jeanette’s inquisitive nature leads her to become caught up in it, Henry must reveal his heart or lose all that he holds dear. 

Can a ruined woman and a renowned rake find love in their unlikely union? 

London Libertines 
Book 1 - Henry's Bride 
Book 2 - Hawthorn's Wife 
Book 3 - Roderick's Widow 


Miss Jeanette Claybone hates the so called high society her family has been recently elevated to.  Especially because her mother is pushing her to find a titled husband when all she wants is an ordinary man to love her. The "ton" look down their noses at her and never miss a chance to belittle her.
Henry Drayton,  the Marquess of Ravenwell is one of the most sought after bachelors in town and a well known rake.  His superior attitude encourages his friends to follow the worst of his behavior. They don't know what he is really up to. 
There is something evil happening in London but nobody seems to care because it's just the whores that are suffering. 
This is an incredibly emotional story where I wanted to smack the hero so often.  How our poor heroine puts up with all that emotional abuse shows how brave and strong she is.  There is a reason behind it all and it will change many lives. 
Keep the tissues handy.
A thoroughly enjoyable read.


Emily Royal is a mathematics geek who grew up in Sussex, England and has always had a passion for romance and hot alpha males in need of redemption. After graduating from Oxford and enjoying a brief dream of becoming an airline pilot she started a career in financial services to indulge her love of mathematics.

She now lives in rural Scotland with her husband, two daughters and a menagerie of pets including Twinkle, an attention-seeking boa constrictor. She re-ignited her love of romance when she joined the Romantic Novelists' Association.

When not working on algebra, writing or keeping Twinkle from slithering over her keyboard, Emily enjoys painting, playing the piano and can often be found wandering in the Highlands of Scotland looking for inspiration.

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