Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Series: Company of Rogues #15

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.


  • Series: Rogue
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Select (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451468015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451468017



From five-time RITA Award winner Jo Beverley comes an exciting new Regency romance in which a lady must risk all to win love.
The man she shouldn’t want. The woman he shouldn’t marry…


David Kerslake, smuggling master from The Dragon’s Bride, is now Earl of Wyvern and must survive the ton as well as the Preventive Officers.

Lucy Potter, daughter of a wealthy merchant, is more interested in trade than in the men after her dowry. When forced to have a London season, she sets out to enjoy herself rather than to find a husband. But once she meets the notorious Earl of Wyvern, her resolve weakens, and when they kiss, it dissolves—even though her instincts warn he’s dangerous.

Wyvern has a dark secret, which means he must win a rich bride. Lucinda Potter seems ideal. Not for her beauty and her lively charm, but because at first meeting she seems unlikely to realize the truth.

As he comes to know her, however, as they spar and kiss, he realizes she’s too clever and honest by far. Marrying Lucy would mean living a lie with the woman he has come to love….

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A SHOCKING DELIGHT by Jo Beverley is an exciting Regency Historical Romance set in 1817 London. #15 in “Company of Rogues” series, but can be read as a stand alone. Visit the author’s website for a list of titles. I have not read the whole series, and had no trouble keeping up with the storyline.

Meet Lucy Potter, a wealthy merchant’s daughter and David Kerslake-Somerford, is the reluctant 7th Earl of Wyvern, aka Captain Drake.

Lucy is complex, intelligent, charming, a bit shy, rich and she has her own ideas of trade. David, is charming to say the least, a notorious rake, had his title thrust upon him by unforeseen events, which you learn in The Dragon’s Bride.  

*A SHOCKING DELIGHT follows the 2001 novel, The Dragon’s Bride, the sixth book in the series.*

Lucy leaves her family estate when she learns her father is to re-marry, after, her mother’s death of only a year ago. She is forced to endure a London season. Captain Drake, is looking for ,yes, a rich, bride….enter Lucy.

Filled with passion, romance, a bit of mystery, secrets, and a grand adventure to happiness. Can opposites attract? A SHOCKING DELIGHT proves they just might after all. What a deliciously delightful tale of how opposites attract, proving love crosses boundaries of class, society, and ideas. A delight to read and one I would recommend to Romance readers everywhere. Well done! Received for an honest review.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More