A MAN CONDEMNED . . .
Falsely accused of murder and mute from a near-fatal beating, Apollo Greaves, Viscount Kilbourne has escaped from Bedlam. With the Crown’s soldiers at his heels, he finds refuge in the ruins of a pleasure garden, toiling as a simple gardener. But when a vivacious young woman moves in, he’s quickly driven to distraction . . .
A DESPERATE WOMAN . . .
London’s premier actress, Lily Stump, is down on her luck when she’s forced to move into a scorched theatre with her maid and small son. But she and her tiny family aren’t the only inhabitants—a silent, hulking beast of a man also calls the charred ruins home. Yet when she catches him reading her plays, Lily realizes there’s more to this man than meets the eye.
OUT OF ASH, DESIRE FLARES
Though scorching passion draws them together, Apollo knows that Lily is keeping secrets. When his past catches up with him, he’s forced to make a choice: his love for Lily . . . or the explosive truth that will set him free.
This book may contain explicit intimate scenes, so if you are not 18+ then I probably wouldn’t recommend it for younger readers.
I thought I enjoyed Duke Of Midnight but I dare say that I absolutely loved Darling Beast – Apollo Graves story. He was a beast of a man – a hulking giant with broad shoulders and huge hands but appearances put aside, he was a very gentle and caring man to those he held dear to his heart. He was also a very powerful man whom no one wanted to cross due to his size.
“Indio thought you were a monster at first. Did I ever tell you?” He shook his head slowly. “Am I still a monster to you?” “No.” She reached up to trace his eyebrow. “You’re not… that. You never were, really.”
“Are they any different?” he whispered against her mouth, “my kisses? Have they changed so much with my name?” She cracked her eyelids to look at him and murmur into the humid heat between them, “I can’t tell. Perhaps you should demonstrate again.” He licked at the corner of her mouth. “A scientific study, you mean?” His mouth trailed up her cheek, soft as a moth. “Quite,” she breathed. “As you wish.”
This story had not only two amazing main characters (Lily and Apollo) but great secondary characters as well such as Duke of Montgomery whom I thought had quite a bit of witty dialog and humor about him.
“That Lady Herrick has a birthmark in the shape of a butterfly on her left buttock. Oh, and that said birthmark turns an interesting shade of lavender when slapped.” Apollo stopped in the hallway outside the breakfast room and simply stared at his companion. “What?” Montgomery looked irritated. “I defy any man to not take the opportunity when presented to slap a lovely arse.”
“Lily…” “I thought we were friends.” He rose in one movement. “I thought we were more than friends.” Her eyes widened and she backed up a step, seemingly without conscious thought, as he advanced on her, until her bottom hit the door. He should be gentler, should approach her with caution. Even now she might be afraid of what had been said about him. But he was weary—so very, very weary—of things being taken from him. He wasn’t going to lose her as well. Not if he could help it. He halted inches from her. “Weren’t we, Lily? More than friends?” Her lips parted as her breath quickened, but she showed no fear of him. “You know we were.” “Then that hasn’t changed.”
“Have I told you how much I admire your hair?” “It’s just plain brown,” she murmured. “Plain, lovely brown,” he replied, raising a lock he’d freed to his face. “Are you smelling my hair?” she asked in amusement. “Yes.” “Silly man,” she said lightly. “Smitten man,” he corrected, spreading her hair over her shoulders.
I am so glad that I purchased this but yet I am a bit sad that it’s over due to that I loved Apollo’s character so much. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Phoebe and Trevillion’s novel.