Stephen Mowbray, the Duke of Clarewood, has come home to pay his respects to the former duke on the anniversary of his death. Growing up, Stephen had a horrible childhood where nothing he did suited his father. Of course, had the former duke actually been Stephen’s father, things might have been different. But they weren’t, and those facts elementally changed the way Stephen views life and especially marriage. He has vowed to never marry – why put himself through the deplorable conditions as his father went through? Stephen swore years ago his duty would be to Clarewood and nothing and no one else. Women may try their hardest to set their marriageable daughters in his sights, but Stephen is immune. So immune that even his closest friends have given up on him – until one woman who is introduced to him at a party grabs his attention. Now Stephen is willing to do anything to have Alexandra Bolton – even defy society.
Stephen is a womanizer to the bone. His adult life is shaped by his childhood, and I can’t blame him. I loved watching his free lifestyle end the moment he set his eyes upon Alexandra Bolton. The desire Stephen felt was instantaneous and reciprocated by Alexandra. Each character’s finely veiled emotions captured the yearnings of their hearts. Alexandra loved Stephen just as much and was willing to forgo her reputation for him. I can’t say that I blame her because Stephen is truly a sensualist. Their loves scenes were sizzling hot and decadent and ultimately beautiful.
Reading a Brenda Joyce historical is like slowly eating warm, melted chocolate. You dip the spoon slowly, twirl it around, and then grab a bite and sigh. That is my behavior when I read Brenda Joyce, and most especially when I read one of her de Warenne novels. AN IMPOSSIBLE ATTRACTION will grab you and not let go – I wholeheartedly recommend reading this fabulous historical romance!