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Hawthorne's Wife (London Libertines #2) by Emily Royal. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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United by tragedy, torn apart by scandal! 

Book 2 in the London Libertines series is now available! Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited! 

Frederica Stanford has loved Hawthorne Stiles for as long as she can remember. But a merchant’s daughter can never hope to secure the notice of an earl’s son. She doesn’t know that Hawthorne, a man with a passion for justice, has always been captivated by the spirited young woman who grew up near his father’s estate. 

Plagued by guilt over his part in a childhood prank which left her traumatized, Hawthorne vows to protect Frederica from rakes and libertines during her first London Season. When Frederica unearths a dark secret about her lineage, it sets in motion a chain of events which leads to tragedy. Hawthorne, now a renowned magistrate, comes to her aid and they surrender to their shared passion. 

But when Hawthorne’s career, and life, are threatened, Frederica is faced with a choice. She must make the ultimate sacrifice to save the man she loves, knowing that in doing so, she risks losing his love forever. 

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


Frederica Stanford has been obsessed with the boy next-door nearly all her life.  That put her in grave danger at one point and she still suffers from the after effects.  Now many years later her affections haven't changed but she knows she's not of his class and will never be good enough for him. 
Viscount Hawthorne Stiles has always, known about the little girl who watched him,  but he ignored her until the day his friends went too far in their teasing.  The shame of that day will stay with him for years. 
Our heroine is an incredibly strong woman with unshakable faith in those she loves.  She will sacrifice anything for them. 
I have never disliked a so called hero of a book as much as this one.  He is selfish,  stubborn stuffed full of his own importance.  Considering his duties as a Magistrate he really should be more observant. I really don't see what our fabulous heroine sees in him. 
I did need the tissues for the more emotional times.  There were also times I would have gladly slapped the hero. 
A very enjoyable story.  I loved it. 


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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